Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally (New York University): "America's Newest Voting Bloc: Who Are the 'New Evangelicals'? – and other remarks about the 2012 US presidential election"

10.01.2012, 16:15 Uhr, U5/00.24

As discussions about the next US presidential election are intensifying, Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally will discuss profound shifts among America’s most visible voting bloc: evangelicals. Her talk explores how this group is moving away from the religious right and towards an anti-militarist, anti-consumerist activism, focusing on economic fairness, environmental protection, and immigration reform. Marcia Pally will also talk about the role of these “new evangelicals” in American politics and look at other key factors in the 2012 US presidential election including the rise of the tea-parties, the failures of the Democratic party, and the underlying history that helps explain the present political landscape.

Marcia Pally teaches Multilingual Multicultural Studies at New York University; her newest book is Die Neuen Evangelikalen: Freiheitsgewinne durch Fromme Politik. She spoke at the World Economic Forum in 2010; she has been awarded the prestigious DFG “Mercator” Guest Professorship, and has twice been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Prof. Pally has also been a columnist and writer for Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ, Taz, Frankfurter Rundschau and others.