Religious Intolerance Lecture coming to Southeastern


Tuesday, October 30, 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that the number of hate crimes in the U.S., especially those targeting religious groups, has risen since 2016. Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, executive director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, will address this problem at the inaugural Civility in Public Discourse lecture scheduled Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Languages and  Communication, the lecture, titled “Religious Tolerance in an Age of Intolerance,” will take place in Southeastern’s Student Union, room 2203, and is free and open to the public.
     McCullough-Bade is speaking at the invitation of Carol M. Madere, Ph.D., the Elizabeth Weeks Jones endowed professor in the humanities. Through her focus on civility in public discourse, Madere, an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Communication, said she plans to invite a number of speakers to campus to address the causes of incivility and intolerance that many feel have produced the divisive society that exists today.
     “Religious, political, racial and gender differences seem to be ripping apart the fabric of society today,” said Madere. “I’m hoping to expose the university community to people who have thought deeply about how to reduce the friction and find common ground again.”
     McCullough-Bade is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has served as executive director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge since 2009.
     For more information, contact Madere at

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