Life Long Learning Program- Harry Emerson Fosdick 1900: Colgate's Most Distinguished Graduate, Now Unknown

Born 1878, Colgate graduate, class of 1900, Harry Emerson Fosdick was a Protestant minister, ordained in 1903 after Divinity study at Union Theological Seminary. He was a pivotal figure in the Liberal-Fundamentalist split in American Protestantism in the 1920s; founding pastor of John D. Rockefeller’s Ecumenical Riverside Church in Manhattan, 1930; author of nearly 50 books and over 1,000 sermons; radio preacher of great renown, from the 1920s to the 1940s. Indeed, he was surely America’s most famous Christian minister of the 1900s, until the rise of Billy Graham. Why is he now so little known?

 Facilitator: Christopher Vecsey is Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of the Humanities, Native American Studies, and Religion at Colgate University and Chair of the Department of Religion. He has written many books covering issues of religion, Native Americans and representation.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Hamilton Public Library, Community Room 13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346


Culture, Religion and spirituality, Academics, Social Sciences, University Studies


Free to Life Long Learning Program members, $5 per class for all others

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