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God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation are Changing America

Recorded on January 27, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Call them the Missionary Generation. By the tens and hundreds of thousands, some of America's brightest and most dedicated teenagers are opting for a different kind of college education. Religious colleges and universities in America are growing at a breakneck pace and promise all the rigor of traditional liberal arts schools, but mixed with religious instruction from the Good Book and a mandate from above. Journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley explores these schools - interviewing administrators, professors, and students - to produce the first popular, accessible, and comprehensive investigation of this phenomenon.

With a critical yet sympathetic eye, Riley studies these campuses and the debates that shape them. In a post-9/11 world where the division between secular and religious has never been sharper, what distinguishes these colleges from their secular counterparts? What does the missionary generation think about political activism, feminism, academic freedom, dating, race relations, homosexuality, and religious tolerance - and what effect will these young men and women have on the United States and the world?


Naomi Schaefer Riley
is a contributing writer at The American Enterprise and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and National Review. Her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Weekly Standard, the New York Post, the New York Sun, the New Republic, Commentary, Crisis, the Public Interest, the New Atlantis, and First Things. Ms. Riley is also the editor of In Character, a journal of the John Templeton Foundation, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  For additional information, visit www.godonthequad.com.