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James Morone to Discuss "The Politics of Sin" on April 2 at Pomona College

James Morone, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History (Yale University Press, 2003), will speak on the same topic as part of the Pomona College lecture series “Truth, Justice and the American Way?” on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held in the College’s Smith Campus Center, Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

In Hellfire Nation, Morone examines how moral politics have so profoundly shaped America, despite the Constitution’s clear separation of church and state. In addition to the Pulitzer nomination, the book was named a “Top Ten of 2003” by Christianity Today and an “Outstanding Book of 2003” by the San Jose Mercury News.

Morone is a professor of political science and urban studies at Brown University and a leading scholar of political culture, political development, and health policy. His previous books include The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government (Basic Books, 1990; revised edition, Yale University Press, 1998), which was selected by the New York Times as a "Notable Book of 1991" and named the best book in American national policy by the American Political Science Association in 1991. His is also a co-editor, with Lawrence Jacobs, of Wealthy, Healthy and Fair: The Politics of Health Care for a Good Society (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Morone’s next book, The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office, co-authored with David Blumenthal, will be released in June 2009 by the University of California Press. Reviewing that book Senator Edward M. Kennedy says, "David Blumenthal and James Morone break new ground in our understanding of health policymaking in the White House, notably the tie between presidential policy actions and the personal medical problems that have faced each of our Presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

For more information or questions about the James Morone event, call (909) 607-8296.