Dec. 7 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460November 30, 2011

WHO:             Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

WHAT:           Penn Lightbulb Café lecture, “Faith Matters: Religion and Rhetoric in the 2012 Presidential Election”

WHEN:          Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE:        Peppermill Café, 2nd Floor, Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia (Kress Entrance on east side of the Museum near Convention Avenue)

A sought after media commentator, Dr. Butler blogs about religion and politics at the daily online magazine Religion Dispatches. She is currently completing her book The Gospel According to Sarah: How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Are Galvanizing the Religious Right (The New Press) to be published in the spring.

The Penn Lightbulb Café is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited. RSVPs are encouraged and can be made by contacting Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or

The Penn Lightbulb Café lecture series illuminates the arts, humanities and social sciences. Professors in the School of Arts and Sciences discuss their research and engage audience members in a question-and-answer session following each lecture.  Menu items, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.