2019 Rothermel Events

As has become traditional in the New Bern community, the Rothermel Foundation will sponsor two educational events in 2019.

Sunday, April 7, 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of New Bern:  Faces of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, presented by Dr. Carol Colton, Professor in Neurology, Duke University School of Medicine.

 Dr. Carol Colton is leader of a research team in the Neurology Department of  Duke University Medical Center that is lauded for its cutting edge technology and its approach to solving the medical puzzle that is Alzheimer’s Disease. Before Alzheimer’s research begun, dementia was just a part of old age.  We now recognize that there are potential ways to age normally without the loss of one’s self to a disease.  Join us to learn why the focus has shifted to prevention and away from late-stage treatment.

Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of New BernSex, Race, and Politics: Explaining the Division between the Religious Left and Religious Rightpresented by Dr. Daniel K. Williams, Professor of History, University of West Georgia.

In 1950, there was little discernible difference between American mainline Protestant and northern white evangelical views of race, gender, and sexuality.  Nor was there any difference in their political views.  By 1970, there was.  Evangelicals and mainline Protestants took opposing positions on the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, and the sexual revolution, and those differences led each group to embrace a very different set of political values.  The polarization between these two groups ofcontinues to exacerbate the political divisions in the nation even today.

If you would like a better understanding of the different theological assumptions of “red” and “blue” Christians and the historical forces that led to this division, please join us for this talk.

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