Beau Weston and Ben Knoll on Centre Point

Professors Knoll and Weston discuss religion and politics on Centre Point Ep. 6

Posted by Centre News in News, Politics 02 Nov 2016

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With Election Day 2016 less than a week away, important discussions about political issues continue on Centre Point, an eight-part podcast series in which Centre College faculty discuss the pertinent issues. Listeners get a better understanding of political complexities as well as a glimpse of the fascinating conversations that take place in Centre classrooms every day.

In this sixth episode of Centre Point, host Bill Goodman talks about the role of religion in politics with Beau Weston (above), the John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professor of Sociology, and Ben Knoll, the John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics. Weston and Knoll—who will teach “linked” courses on this subject in the future—explore how important the religiosity of presidential candidates is to the electorate and the role religion has played in the creation of American identity.

Earlier episodes of Centre Point heard Goodman speak with Centre professors Dina Badie, Tony Haigh, Lori Hartmann-Mahmud and Daniel Stroup on such issues as the theatricality of politics, teaching the 2016 election, the potential future impact of this election and how culture wars are shaping the electorate. Future episodes include these and other faculty exploring politics in a variety of ways.

The Centre Point 2016 election series is hosted by veteran journalist Bill Goodman, who also hosts the Kentucky Tonight television program. Sound engineering for the podcast is provided by Dynamix Productions.

More episodes of Centre Point will become available continually through Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. To listen to the first five episodes—and to have future episodes download directly to your electronic device as they become available—subscribe to the podcast through iTunes and SoundCloud. All eight episodes of Centre Point will be available on these podcast platforms.

by Elizabeth Trollinger
October 28, 2016