Michael Lienesch, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will deliver the annual Constitution Day lecture on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Government Department.
Lienesch earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses in the history of political thought and his research focuses on American religion and politics, particularly religious fundamentalism and political conservatism.
Lienesch is the author of New Order of the Ages (1988), Redeeming America (1993), In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement (2007), and articles on topics ranging from the Antifederalists to the contemporary religious right. He has been a fellow of the National Humanities Center. In recognition of his teaching, Lienesch has won UNC’s Tanner Award and been a Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor and a University Professor of Distinguished Teaching.