Mark Noll to deliver ACHA keynote address in place of Michael Hochgeschwender

Author: Heather Gary

The keynote speaker for the American Catholic Historical Association's spring meeting, Michael Hochgeschwender, has canceled his public lecture this Thursday due to illness. Conference participants will instead hear from Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll's talk, titled "Catholic Opinion Concerning Protestant Responsibility for the Civil War," continues on the Civil War sesquicentennial theme that Hochgeschwender intended to address. It will take place at the same time and place, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the McKenna Hall auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.

One of the nation’s foremost scholars of religious and cultural history, Noll is a prominent participant in dialogues between evangelical and Catholic scholars. Selected in 2005 by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America, Noll is the author of more than 20 books, including Protestantism--A Very Short Introduction (2011), which is part of Oxford University Press' "Very Short Introductions" series, and God and Race in American Politics (2008), which traces the explosive political effects when religion and race intermingle. Before coming to Notre Dame, Noll was professor of religion and history at Wheaton College, where he co-founded the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals.

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