POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Author and professor Heather Hendershot will discuss "Carl McIntire, Billy James Hargis, and The Dialectic of Extremism and Moderation: Or, How the Old Christian Right became the New Christian Right," on Monday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., in the Sanders Classroom Building auditorium. Hendershot's talk is part of the college's annual Frederic C. Wood lecture series, and the event is event is free and open to the public.
Billy James Hargis was described in his Washington Post obituary as a "bawl and jump broadcast evangelist whose anti-communist message helped him flourish during the Cold War," while Carl McIntire "fought everything during his forty year career from communists and gun registration, to the American Civil Rights movement and the 1970 census," according to The People's Almanac series of books.
Hendershot has written extensively on religion, film, and feminism, including the book Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture, and she is currently completing the book God's Angriest Men: Right-Wing Broadcasters, The Fairness Doctrine, and the Roots of The Christian Right. Her book Saturday Morning Censors: Television Regulation before the V-Chip, was called a "…marvelous book [that] speaks not only to debates about children and media, but also to larger debates about censorship and social power," by Henry Jenkins, director of film and media studies at MIT. Hendershot also edited Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics, and Economics of America's Only TV Channel for Kids.
Among her essays and reviews, Hendershot has been published in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, American Journal of Sociology, Television Quarterly, Afterimage and Wide Angle. She has also served on several scholarly editorial boards, including at Television and New Media (SAGE Publications), The Velvet Light Trap, the historical media journal co-published by the University of Wisconsin and The University of Texas, and Oregon State University's Cinema Journal.
Hendershot teaches in the Media Studies department at Queens College, and is also a member of the Film Studies Certificate Program doctoral faculty at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was a Henry Luce post-doctoral fellow in cinema, literacy and culture at Vassar College, and has also held fellowships at Princeton University, and at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. Hendershot earned her Ph.D. in film studies from the University of Rochester, and her B.A. from Yale University
Heather Hendershot's talk at Vassar is sponsored by the department of religion. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.