All events are free and open to the public.

? Monday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Bruce Tomaso, religion editor of the Dallas Morning News will deliver the lecture "Religion and Democracy."

? Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Bruce Lincoln, Caroline E. Haskell professor of the history of religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago, also on the committees on the Ancient Mediterranean World and the History of Culture, among other roles.

Lincoln will deliver the talk "From Artaxerxes to Abu Ghraib: Some Lessons from Achaemenian Persia on Religion, Empire and Torture."

? Monday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Linda Zagzebski, sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, will speak on "The Admirable Life and the Desirable Life."

? Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Linda Zagzebski, sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, will speak on "The Desirable Life and the Ethics of Belief and Assertion."

? Friday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Linda Zagzebski, sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, will speak on "The Ethics of Belief and the Diversity of Religions."

? Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., George Ellis, 2004 Templeton Prize recipient, will speak on "Religion and Science: The Challenge."

? Monday, Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m., Morris Fiorina, author of "Culture War?: The Myth of a Polarized America" and holder of the Rothbaum Distinguished Lectureship in Representative Government, will deliver the lecture series "The Great Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in Contemporary America."

The discussion focuses on "The People Versus the Political Class" and is sponsored by the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma.

??Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m., Morris Fiorina, author of "Culture War?: The Myth of a Polarized America" and holder of the Rothbaum Distinguished Lectureship in Representative Government, will deliver the lecture series "The Great Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in Contemporary America."

The discussion focuses on "Institutional and Social Roots of the Disconnect" and is sponsored by the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma.

? Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., Morris Fiorina, author of "Culture War? : The Myth of a Polarized America" and Rothbaum Distinguished Lectureship in Representative Government, will deliver the lecture series "The Great Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in Contemporary America."

The discussion focuses on "How Bad is the Disconnect? Can Anything Be Done?" and is sponsored by the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma.

? Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. John L. Esposito, professor of religion and international affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown University, prior Loyola professor of Middle East studies and director of the Center for International Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

Esposito will deliver the lecture "Religion and Democracy in the Face of Violence and Intolerance."

??Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., forum for the Oklahoma Sociological Association Conference on Religion and Democracy featuring Jay Demerath, professor of sociology, University of Massachusetts, who will deliver the lecture "Dear Mr. President: Assessing Religion and Politics in Your Administration for Posterity."

? Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. R. Scott Appleby, co-director of the Fundamentalism Project and John M. Regan Jr., director of the Kroc Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.

Appleby will deliver the lecture "Religion, Violence and Democracy Worldwide."

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