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Political, Faith Identities Studied in Series

  • Published: Mar 20, 2015 10:30AM
Dr. Brian Calfano

Caption: Dr. Brian Calfano

The Taylor University Department of Political Science and International Relations will host political scientist, policy researcher and speaker Dr. Brian Calfano for a two-session series Monday studying belief, political and Christian identities in the context of current events.

Calfano is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University and a Policy Advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. Calfano’s current research examines media effects on political behavior at mass and elite levels in the US, Europe, and Middle East using various experimental design approaches.

The first session, scheduled at 11:00 a.m. in the Braden Room of the Hodson Dining Commons, is titled: Put Your Hands Down: Building Trust and Community Capacity After Ferguson. The Second session, scheduled at 7:00 p.m., in Room 002 of the Metcalf Visual Arts Center, is titled: Wrestling with Regression: Balancing Formulas and Faith and Doing Justice to Both.

The entire campus community as well as the public is invited to both sessions, although seating at the 11:00 a.m. presentation is limited.

“The question of identity is critical. Media, political figures, and society send strong messages on what you should believe about yourself and others,” said Dr. Stephen King, Professor of Political Science at Taylor. “What is my identity as a Christian? As a man or woman? As a member of my community? My country? And how can I act on my views and beliefs?”