March 21 Update: It seems that Pope Francis is being talked about everywhere. Just this week his image landed on the cover of Rolling Stonemagazine, of all places. His presence has been ubiquitous in the nation’s broadsheet newspapers since his election.
One person who is eminently qualified to weigh in on both worlds is Melinda Henneberger
of The Washington Post
. After ten years reporting for The New York Times
from Rome and D.C., Henneberger knows the turf well. Her talk at Duane Library’s Tognino Hall on Monday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.
is titled “A Francis Effect in Washington
The idea for the lecture sprung from a course being taught by theology professor Michael Peppard, Ph.D. and political science professor Monica McDermott called “Religion and American Politics.”
“It’s relatively rare that the two departments team up for something like this,” said Peppard. “We targeted Melinda because she’s known for her straight political reporting, but she also has clout in the Catholic community for her commentary on religion as well.”