2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present Dr. Scott Culpepper with his discussion on the topic “The Marquis de Lafayette: Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set” 2:00 pm October 20. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, served as a military and political leader in the most significant revolutions of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Lafayette became George Washington and America’s favorite adopted son through his dedicated service to the cause of American independence. His friendship with American leaders and status as a Revolutionary War hero provided opportunities to help shape the growth of the early American republic.

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 a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Education from Louisiana College.