The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


CUA to Present Talk: "Religion, Politics and the 2008 Election"


Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.


The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Catholic University's Graduate Student Association is hosting Lyman Kellstedt, professor emeritus of political science, Wheaton College, who will give a talk titled "Religion, Politics and the 2008 Election." A discussion and question-and-answer session will follow Kellstedt's presentation.

Kellstedt's talk will focus on the historic role of religion in American elections and its likely role in 2008. Religious groups have always mattered in electoral politics, but their impact has changed in the past generation. How will these groups line up in 2008?

He has been writing for decades on the role that religion (denominational affiliation, beliefs and behaviors) plays in national and local elections. He has co-written numerous pre- and post-election surveys to account for the role of religion in elections. He also has been a co-author of a number of articles and books reporting and elaborating on the results of these surveys.

Kellstedt is the author of "The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy" (1998), "Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches from the Front" (1996) "Rediscovering the Religious Factor in American Politics" (1993) and "The Mass Media and Political Behavior: Television Viewing Habits and Voter Turnout." (1980).

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Christopher Born at

MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.