Upcoming Forum

The Political Life, Influence, & Philosophy of James Luther Adams

Dr. Jared Aaron Farley, Associate Professor of Political Science, New Mexico Military Academy

Date & Time

3pm Sunday, November 10 at the Student Union Building, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

About the lecture

James Luther Adams reputation as the leading Unitarian theologian and social ethicist of the 20th century is well established. What has received less attention is Adams’ activities and influence in the political realm. After witnessing the rise of Nazism in Germany during his studies there in the 1930s, Adams returned to the United States determined to be more actively engaged and to struggle on behalf of social and economic justice. He was a important player in the reform organization Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), which battled the Daley Machine for control of the city elections and the local Democratic Party in post-war Chicago. Through his involvement with IVI, Adams became friends with prominent Illinois politicians like Adlai Stevenson, Paul Douglas, and Emily Taft Douglas. The 2019 JLA Forum Address will detail these activities and relationships, and examine how Adams understood the relationship between his theology and the political realm.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jared A. Farley, born & raised in Cambridge, Ohio, received his B.A. from nearby Muskingum College in 1998, and both his M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in political science from Miami University (Oxford, OH). He has taught full-time at the collegiate level for 15 years, including 3 years at Miami University-Hamilton and 8 years at Ohio University-Zanesville. In 2016, he accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the New Mexico Military Institute, where he serves as an associate professor of political science. Dr. Farley’s dissertation research focused on the relationship between religion & politics in the United States. It was while conducting that research, he first became aware of James Luther Adams from the late Rev.Dr. Forrest Church, who urged him to investigate Adams’ life and theology further.

Dr. Farley’s extensive bibliographies of works by and about Adams can be found at www.jameslutheradams.org

The Student Union Building (building 60) is on the campus of the University of New Mexico, just off Central Ave.; parking at Cornell Parking structure close to the Pope Joy Arts Center.  You can’t miss it!