Blinn Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes leading historians to discuss religious lives and times of founding fathers Jefferson, Franklin

Special presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Blinn-Bryan Campus

January 30, 2018

Blinn College and its Division of Social Sciences invite the community to hear from two of the state’s leading historians regarding the religious lives and times of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Dr. John Boles of Rice University and Dr. Thomas Kidd of Baylor University will speak to students and campus guests at the Blinn-Bryan Campus at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in T Building Room 120 (map). Their presentation is free and open to the public, and is part of Blinn’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Thomas KiddThomas Kidd


Kidd is the acclaimed author of numerous books and articles, including his recent spiritual biography of Franklin, “Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father. Kidd also authored “American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths,” published in 2016, and “Baptists in America: A History,” published in 2015. A Baylor faculty member since 2002, Kidd is the Associate Director of the Institute for the Studies of Religion (ISR) and Co-Director on Historical Studies of Religion with the ISR.

Mark A. Knoll, author of “In the Beginning Was the Word,” described Kidd’s “Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father” as “a convincing portrait of Franklin’s religion as ambiguous, enigmatic, and whimsical. He appears in the pages of this welcome book as a forerunner of many later Americans who believe in God, trust in providence, but cannot embrace any particular Christian creed.”


John BolesDr. John Boles

Boles served as editor of “The Journal of Southern History” for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2013. In addition to his interests in the antebellum period of American history, Boles has mentored more than 60 Ph.D. students at Rice University. The author of more than 20 books, Boles’ single-volume Jefferson biography, “Thomas Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” has received widespread praise and accolades.

The Wall Street Journal described it as a “splendid biography,” and the eminent historian Gordon Wood described Boles’ work as “the fullest and most complete single-volume life of Jefferson since Merrill Peterson’s thousand-page biography of 1970.”

Blinn College’s History Department offers a variety of courses that fulfill basic Certificate of Competency and associate degree requirements while increasing students’ understanding of Texas, U.S., and world history. In addition to traditional face-to-face courses, Blinn offers a variety of online history courses to fit within the schedule of any student.

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