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Mark Lilla of Columbia University to speak March 30

Mark Lilla

Journalist and Professor of Humanities at Columbia University Dr. Mark Lilla will speak on the campus of Furman University Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of Trone Student Center.

His talk, “The Return of Political Theology,” is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Tocqueville Program at Furman University. The event is also part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Lilla joined the faculty at Columbia University after holding professorships at New York University and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and the New York Times, Lilla is best known for his books The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics and The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West. The Stillborn God was named one of the “100 best books of the year” by The New York Times Book Review and one of the 150 best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly.

Lilla has delivered the Weizmann Memorial Lecture in Israel, the Carlyle Lectures at Oxford University, and the MacMillan Lectures on Religion, Politics, and Society at Yale University. Lilla holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. from Harvard’s government department.

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Political Science, (864) 294-3547, or visit:

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