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Christopher Hitchens and Marvin Olasky: A Debate on Religion and Politics

Hitchens writes for Slate and The Daily Mirror and is a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly and to Vanity Fair. Additionally, he contributes to such publications as The London Review of Books, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, New Left Review, Newsweek International, The New York Observer, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Weekly Standard. Hitchens has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pittsburgh, and the New School of Social Research. Copies of Hitchens latest book,God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, will be sold at the event.

Before joining The University of Texas faculty as a professor of journalism in 1983, Olasky worked as a reporter for the Bend, Oregon, Bulletin and for the Boston Globe, and as an executive speech writer and public affairs coordinator at the DuPont Co. He is also editor-in-chief of World magazine, the fourth most-read newsweekly in the United States, and a syndicated columnist. He is a senior fellow of the Wilberforce Forum and of the Action Institute, an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America, a board member of City School, and faculty adviser for Reformed University Fellowship. Olasky is the author of 14 books, including The Religions Next Door, Compassionate Conservatism, The American Leadership Tradition, and Central Ideas in the Development of American Journalism, along with 14 other monographs or co-authored books. He has published more than 800 articles on journalism, history, the fight against poverty, religion, sports and other matters.

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