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God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State | Lawrence Wright

Southern Methodist University

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

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With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny.

God Save Texas (Knopf, 2018) is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright’s profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World, Remembering Satan, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years,and one novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He is a longtime resident of Austin.

A light reception will precede the event beginning at 5:30 pm, with the lecture starting at 6:00 pm. Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event.  Seating is limited, and not guaranteed.

Wright's publication of the same title will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  

TEACHERS ONLY -- Please sign in at the registration table to receive continuing education credit.

Co-sponsored with SMU's Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Center for Presidential Historythe John Tower Center for Political Studiesthe Clements Department of Historythe Dedman College Interdisiplinary Institute, and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. 

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SMU Campus, McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall
3225 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)


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Co-sponsored with SMU's Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Center for Presidential Historythe John Tower Center for Political Studiesthe Clements Department of Historythe Dedman College Interdisiplinary Institute, and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. 

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