Crader Lecturer to Examine Patrick Henry’s Leadership

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 3, 2014 – Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, will deliver this year’s Crader Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Rose Theatre in Grauel Building at Southeast Missouri State University.

The topic of his lecture will be “Patrick Henry, First Among Patriots.” The lecture will examine Patrick Henry’s leadership during the American Revolution and why his story deserves much more attention in the study of history.

“Dr. Kidd is a respected scholar of religion in American history, especially during the colonial and revolutionary periods.  Patrick Henry is one of the key figures of the American Revolution, but is mostly just known for the words ‘Give me liberty, or give me death.’  On September 9, we’ll have an opportunity to hear, as the late Paul Harvey would say, ‘the rest of the story’ about Henry, as a man and a revolutionary, rather than just as the author of a slogan,” said Dr. Wayne Bowen, chair of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Crader Family Endowment for American Values, within the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, is dedicated to education, research and public engagement in the historical traditions of the United States of America and Western civilization.

The endowment’s objectives are to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society. The endowment is named in honor of the Crader family: Saundra and the late Don Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., and Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Mo.

“We are very grateful to the Crader family for their support for this lecture series, which has brought to Southeast well-known experts in the humanities, including history, law, international relations, and religion,” Bowen said. “These speakers have encouraged students, faculty, and the broader community to re-evaluate major questions in Western Civilization and the world.”

Kidd earned both his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1994 and Master of Arts in history in 1996 from Clemson University. Subsequently, he earned his doctorate in history from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, where he worked with historian George Marsden.

As an author, Kidd has written extensively on religion in early America as well as American revolutionaries. He has had six books published in addition to one in progress due to be published this fall.  He also has articles featured in The William and Mary Quarterly, The New England Quarterly, Church History and Religion and American Culture.

Kidd was the 2010 recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Professor Award presented by Baylor University. In addition, he has also been selected for the 2004-2005 Young Scholars in American Religion program as well as a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.