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Douthat to headline Union Forum luncheon Sept. 20

Ross Douthat will speak at Union University Sept. 20.
Ross Douthat will speak at Union University Sept. 20.

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 16, 2012 – New York Times columnist and author Ross Douthat will speak at Union University Sept. 20 as part of the ongoing Union Forum luncheon lecture series.

Douthat is the youngest op-ed columnist in the history of the New York Times. He is the author of “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,” in which he charts institutional Christianity’s decline from a vigorous, mainstream and bipartisan faith through the culture wars of the 1960s and 1970s to the polarizing debates of the present day.

“What a joy it will be to welcome Ross Douthat to the Union University campus,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “I know many in our area will want to be present to hear one of the most insightful and compelling communicators of our day. Mr. Douthat's work on ‘Bad Religion’ is a masterful look at many of the challenges we currently face in this nation.”

Douthat graduated from Harvard University and went on to write on topics ranging from higher education to national politics to celebrities’ religious conversions.

For the past 13 years, Union University has hosted some of the nation’s top speakers to address important political, social, business and religious topics. Previous speakers have included Scott Rasmussen, Rich Lowry, Robert Novak, Margaret Carlson, Fred Barnes, Clarence Page, David Brooks, Mark Shields, William Kristol, Norah O'Donnell, Stephen Carter, Katty Kay, Kay Coles James, Juan Williams, Robert P. George, Mort Kondracke, Alan Page, Peggy Wehmeyer, Michael Medved and others.

The lead sponsors for this year’s Union Forum are First South Bank/FSB Insurance. Other sponsors are TLM Associates, West Tennessee Healthcare, The Jackson Sun and Trumbull Labs.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Carl Grant Events Center on the Union campus. Tickets are $40 each or $200 for a table of six.

For more information, contact Union’s Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050 or register online at www.uu.edu/events/unionforum.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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