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Koritansky to speak about civil religion in America

Last updated February 7, 2014

By Tina Underwood

John-KoritanskyJohn C. Koritansky, Professor of Political Science at Hiram College (Ohio), will speak Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center on the Furman University campus.

Dr. Koritansky’s talk, “Tocqueville on Civil Religion in America,” is free and open to the public. His lecture is co-sponsored by the Tocqueville Program and the Ernest J. Walters, Jr. Lecture Series in Political Thought. All lectures in the series are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Koritansky has written several articles in the areas of American Constitutional law, American political thought and political philosophy.

He is also the editor of and major contributor to Public Administration in the United States, a collection of readings dealing with both the history and political theory embedded in American public administration. His book, Alexis de Tocqueville and the New Science of Politics is in its second edition, published by Carolina Academic Press in 2010.

Koritansky received his AB degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. He is chair of Hiram College’s Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, a post he has held since the Institute’s 2007 inaugural year.

Upcoming Tocqueville lectures include:

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Christine Henderson, “Progress and Paradox in Tocqueville’s Memoir on Pauperism,” 4:30 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Wednesday, April 2 – Wilfred McClay, “The Tocquevillean Moment … and Ours,” 4:30 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Department of Political Science, 864-294-3547, or visit:

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