Debate: Is Christianity Good For American Politics? Jacoby vs. D’Souza (Grand Rapids)

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map


Join us for a lively debate on a very timely topic featuring Susan Jacoby and Dinesh D'Souza on "Is Christianity Good for American Politics?"

"Today, many argue that religious liberty is under assault while others believe that faith is meant for the private realm and its public expression stands in the way of a secular political discourse. This issue is certainly apparent in the controversy surrounding the HHS bill. This being the case, a debate over the role of Christianity in American Politics could not be more pertinent." – Hauenstein Center at GVSU.

This event is FREE, but RSVP is required: RSVP Online Today!

This debate is co-sponsored by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, and Center for Inquiry–Michigan.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a 501c(3) non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to inspire college students to discover, embrace, and advance the principles and virtues that make America free and prosperous.

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University is dedicated to raising a community of ethical, effective leaders for the twenty-first century.

About the Debaters

Dinesh D'Souza

imageDinesh D'Souza has a distinguished 25 year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as an Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute as well as a Rishwain Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. In the fall of 2010 D'Souza was named the President of The King's College, a Christian College located in the Empire State Building in New York City.

D'Souza is the author of What’s so Great About Christianity?(2007) and has been called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor’s Business Daily

The New York Times Magazine named him one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. D'Souza's articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour,and The O'Reilly Factor.

Susan Jacoby

imageSusan Jacoby is the author of ten books, including New York Times bestsellers: The Age of American Unreason (2008) and Alger Hiss and The Battle for History (2009).

Jacoby is an independent scholar whose work focuses on American intellectual history. She has been a contributor for more than 25 years, on topics including law, religion, medicine, aging, women's rights, political dissent in the Soviet Union, and Russian literature, to a wide range of periodicals and newspapers. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Book World, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsday, Harper's, The Nation, Vogue, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, and the AARP Magazine, among other publications

Susan has also been the recipient of many grants and awards, from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001-2002, she was named a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Additional Details

Meetings are open to the Public

After the debate, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

Cost: FREE: RSVP Online

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, , 616-698-2342