Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation

A public lecture by George F. Will, author and The Washington Post columnist.

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Graham Chapel Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • Religion and Politics in the First Modern Nation

    George F. Will (December 4, 2012)


George F. Will’s newspaper column, on foreign and domestic politics and policy, has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974.  Today it appears twice weekly in more than 450 newspapers.  For 35 years he was a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine.  In 1977 he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in his newspaper columns.

Altogether eight collections of Mr. Will’s Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation (2008).  Mr. Will has also published three books on political theory, Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does (1983), The New Season: A Spectator’s Guide to the 1988 Election (1987) and Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy (1992).  In 1990, Mr. Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times bestseller list for two months.  In 1998, Scribner published Bunts; Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Mr. Will on baseball.  In July 2000, Mr. Will was a member of Major League Baseball’s Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

In 1981, Mr. Will became a founding panel member on ABC television’s “This Week”.

Mr. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University, and Princeton University, where he earned his PhD and currently serves as a trustee.  He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University.  Mr. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972.  From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine.  Today, Mr. Will lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.


  • George F. Will

  • John C. Danforth

    Former U.S. Senator from Missouri

  • R. Marie Griffith

    Director and John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities