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UCR Lectures Tackles Subject of Baby Boomers and Religion

UCR Lectures Tackles Subject of Baby Boomers and Religion

(May 4, 2000)

Wade Clark Roof, the author of the book "Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion," will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 in room A125 of Bourns Hall at the University of California, Riverside.

Roof, who holds an endowed chair at UC Santa Barbara, has been invited to give the Holstein Distinguished Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the UCR Department of Religious Studies. His topic is "Spiritual Searching in America: Is It of Any Significance?"

Roof's talk is free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $3.

Roof is the author and editor of 14 books and over 80 articles. His most recent book about Baby Boomers and American religion earned him guest appearances on the NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, among many others. Both Time and Newsweek magazines did cover stories that mentioned the book.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of North Carolina, Roof has taught at Duke, Vanderbilt, UC Berkeley and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His work has been supported by the Lilly Endowment, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Haynes Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He is the chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the holder of the J.T. Rowney Endowed Chair in Religion and Society. Roof's research centers on modern American religion among Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, as well as the new immigrant religious of the Los Angeles area.

"It is our great pleasure to have him here," said Ivan Strenski, UCR professor of Religious Studies and one of the organizers of the event. "The primary concern of his talk will be to assess whether these spiritual changes are really making a difference in the lives of people and in the overall American religious landscape."

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