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'Daily Show' speaker on world religions March 24

Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University, will speak 7 p.m. March 24 in Chase Lounge on “The Work of Doing Nothing: Wandering in the World’s Religions.”

Prothero’s visit to Bates, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bates College Lecture Committee.

You can watch Prothero on “The Daily Show” here: http://bit.ly/anQdtU . He has also commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs and on television on CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS and MSNBC. A regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, he has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Salon.com, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. He is the author of several books:

  • “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – and Doesn’t” (2007)
  • “A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America” (2006)
  • “American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon” (2003)
  • “Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America” (2001)
  • “The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott” (1996)”


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