Mark Oppenheimer to lecture May 2

April 25, 2012

Mark Oppenheimer, author and journalist will present "The Pope Doesn't Speak for Me!: American Religion and the Crisis of Authority" at Luther College Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge of admission.

Oppenheimer will visit classes and hold an open forum for students and faculty in the afternoon before the lecture.

A regular writer for the New York Times, Slate, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic and other venues, Oppenheimer's writing focuses on religion, politics, urbanism and family.

Oppenheimer is the author of "Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate," "Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture" and "Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America."

He teaches in the English department at Yale University where he also directs the Yale Journalism Initiative.

Prior to serving at Yale, Oppenheimer taught religion at Sanford and Wesleyan universities.

Oppenheimer's visit is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Life, Lectures and Fine Arts Committee and the Paideia Program.