2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22



The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “James Madison: Father, Framer & Interpreter of the Constitution” with Dr. Scott Culpepper at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Culpepper will explore Madison’s life and career in the context of the American Revolution, the political struggles of the early American republic, and the disastrous War of 1812 that unfolded during his presidency.

 “We will see how the man popularly known as the ‘Father of the Constitution’ struggled to implement its ideals in the midst of the difficult realties of public life,” says Culpepper, a Dordt College Professor of History.

Madison served the fledgling United States of America in various official capacities, from congressman to fourth president of the United States. He received credit for being one of the principal leaders of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and became one of the foremost interpreters of the document through his contributions to The Federalist Papers along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Culpepper’s teaching and research interests are the Atlantic world and American history, with particular emphasis on the intersection of faith, politics and popular culture. He is the author of “Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence: The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Ministry, and Controversies” (Mercer University Press, 2011).

Culpepper holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Church/State Studies from Baylor University; a Master of Arts in History from Northwestern State University of Louisiana; a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in historical and theological studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Education from Louisiana College.