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Notre Dame professor to deliver BYU Hinckley Chair lecture Feb. 7

"Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers"

Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, will present "Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers" at the fourth annual lecture from the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences at Brigham Young University.

The lecture is Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College in 1983, Smith received a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 12 years as a professor of sociology before moving to Notre Dame.

Most of his research is focused in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism and culture. He is the author of many books, including “Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture” (Oxford University Press, 2003) and “Christian America? What Evangelicals Really Want” (University of California Press, 2000).

“At a 2004 General Conference session of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley quoted from Smith’s research in his talk on gambling,” said Kimberli Gibson, outreach coordinator for the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

The Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences honors Sister Hinckley’s lifelong commitment to strengthening home and family. The chair enriches the educational and professional lives of students and faculty in the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences as they strive to understand and alleviate problems faced by individuals and families worldwide.

For more information, contact Kimberli Gibson at (801) 422-1320.

Writer: David Luker

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