Convocation to feature address by Michael Lindsay
August 22, 2008

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Bryan College will open its 79th academic year with convocation Tuesday, Aug. 26, featuring an address by Dr. D. Michael Lindsay, associate director of the Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life at Rice University.


Convocation service, fall 2007During the convocation service, the night before classes begin on Wednesday, Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay will introduce Presidential Merit Scholars, students receiving the highest academic scholarships offered by the college.


Dr. Lindsay will speak on the topic “Powerful Faith, Faithful Living: Christ and Culture in the 21st Century.”

Dr. Lindsay earned his Ph.D. degree in sociology at Princeton University, and served for several years as the consultant for religion and culture to the George H. Gallup International Institute. There he directed several national surveys on a range of topics. Lindsay and George Gallup Jr. co-authored two books and appeared frequently in the national media and on the lecture circuit discussing matters surrounding faith and society.


He has been honored by two international scholarly societies—the International Sociological Association and the International Leadership Association—as well as the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Association for the Sociology of Religion.


Student Body President Rachel Welch and Faculty Chair Dr. David Luther will offer prayers of dedication for new students as the year begins.


New students are to arrive on campus Saturday, Aug. 23, and returning students are due back Monday, Aug. 25.