Tim Kaine: Religion and Democracy, Reflections from a Life in Public Service
November 5, 2020 | 7:00PM
On Thursday, Nov. 5, the University of Virginia’s Department of Religion and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy hosted a discussion on the intersection of religion and politics with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Batten School Dean Ian H. Solomon provides introductory remarks, followed by remarks from Senator Kaine and questions from the audience. Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies Kathleen Flake serves as moderator.
The Senator has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher, and elected official. He is one of only 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator. He currently serves on the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Senator Kaine started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, equipping teenagers with skills to lift up themselves and their communities. He has described these years as his “North Star” which reinforced three core values that guide his personal and professional life today: “Fè, familia, y trabajo” – “Faith, family, and work.” As the 2020 Joseph Smith Lecturer, the Senator will reflect on the role of religion in sustaining democracy and its political institutions.
This was our sixth annual Joseph Smith Lecture. It was held at 7PM virtually over Zoom.