"The Francis Effect": Assessing the Impact of the Pope's Visit to Washington
Thursday, October 1
11am - 12:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
In just over two years, Pope Francis has become an extraordinarily popular and influential world leader, so much so that scholars have begun to refer to the "Francis Effect." For this event, the GW Libraries and the GW Sustainability Collaborative have brought together three researchers to assess the political impact of the pope's recent visit to Washington, his speech before Congress in particular.
John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, will apply insights gained in writing his book -- The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church.
Director of Research for the Public Religion Research Institute Daniel Cox will extend the results of PRRI's most recent survey-- The "Francis Effect": U.S. Catholic Attitudes on Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and American Politics.
GW Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Cynthia McClintock will bring to bear her expertise on Latin America.
The discussion will be moderated by Michael Svoboda, Director of GW's Sustainability Minor.