The emergence of white evangelicals as a political force in the late 1970s after decades of apathy dramatically reshaped the American political landscape. Although leaders of the religious right often cite the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade as their motivation for political engagement, that claim collapses on closer examination. The real origins of the religious right help to explain why 81 percent of white evangelicals supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

At this exclusive Dartmouth event, Randall Balmer, the John Phillips Professor in Religion, will discuss the history and influence of the religious right on American politics. After his presentation, join alumni, family and friends for a buffet luncheon. You’ll also have time to mingle and have Professor Balmer sign one of his books, which will be available for purchase by cash or check.

10:30 a.m.       Welcome and registration at the Harold W. Dodds Auditorium
11 a.m.            Presentation by Professor Randall Balmer
12:30 p.m.       Buffet luncheon at the Shultz Dining Room
1:45 p.m.         Book signing

General                       $50
Young Alumni             $40 (Classes of 2007-2017)

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Robertson Hall at Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540

This event is hosted by Dartmouth Alumni Relations in partnership with the Dartmouth Club of Princeton and the Dartmouth Club of Suburban New Jersey. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs, please contact us at 603-646-9159 or