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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

August 25, 2017

Dr. Mark David Hall, author and scholar, speaks for first fall convocation at College of the Ozarks

Dr. Mark David Hall

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Dr. Mark David Hall, author and scholar, spoke at College of the Ozarks last evening, Aug. 24, for the first convocation of the academic year.

Hall is also Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and an Affiliate Scholar at the John Jay Institute. He also is a Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University.

His topic of the evening was “Did America have a Christian founding?” More than 850 students and others attended the event.

Hall spoke at College of the Ozarks last October during The Pensmore National Symposium on Religious Liberty. The College, in conjunction with Pensmore Foundation and American Family Association, hosted The Pensmore National Symposium on Religious Liberty. More than 2,500 people attended the event. With session titles such as “History Lesson: Founders, Intent & Foundation of Religious Liberty,” “On the Front Lines of Religious Liberty: How to Win the War?” and others, the Pensmore Foundation joined with College of the Ozarks to offer this national conference for those concerned with the rapid erosion of religious liberty over the past several years.

Hall has written, edited, or co-edited The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798 (1997); The Founders on God and Government (2004); Collected Works of James Wilson (2007); The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life (2009); The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding (2009); America’s Forgotten Founders (2012); Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (2013); Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (2014); Collected Works of Roger Sherman (2016); Great Christian Jurists in American History (under contract), and more than 70 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, and sundry pieces.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman, at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


08.25.17 – Valorie Coleman


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