Religion and Public Life Program to host ‘View from the Top: How Religion Shapes Those in Power’

Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) will host “View from the Top: How Religion Shapes Those in Power” May 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


The event will feature a conversation on religion and leadership with Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of the RPLP, and Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College in Massachusetts and former assistant professor of sociology at Rice. Ecklund will interview Lindsay about the research process and outcomes that form the foundation of his new book, “View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World.” In particular, they will focus on the role of religion in the personal lives of leaders and how it influences decision-makers at the highest levels.

This event will serve as the exclusive Houston release for Lindsay’s book, and a book-signing and dessert reception will follow in Martel Hall. For more information, contact Hayley Hemstreet at

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