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Jan. 31: Lecture, discussion marks International Women's Month

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The seemingly contradictory pairing of evangelical religion and free-market economics as illustrated by the history of the rise of the world's largest corporation and employer is the topic of a lecture marking International Women's Month Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Coblentz Hall at Hood College.

Bethany Moreton, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and women's studies at the University of Georgia, will give a talk entitled "Sex, God, and Wal-Mart in the Conservative Ascendancy." Based on her award-winning book, "To Serve God and Wal-Mart: the Making of Christian Free Enterprise," she traces the people, ideas, institutions and resources that built Wal-Mart to reveal a complex network that united Sun Belt entrepreneurs, evangelical employees—mostly women—Christian business students, overseas missionaries and free-market activists, and shows how a Christian service culture powered capitalism in the U.S. and abroad.

Moreton earned a doctorate in history from Yale University. She was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge and at the Harvard Divinity School. She also was named the 2009 emerging scholar in the humanities by the University of Michigan.

The lecture is sponsored by Hood's history department; the women's studies and African American studies programs; the offices of the chaplain, multicultural affairs and student activities; and the career center.

For more information, contact Jay Driskell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, by e-mail at