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Anne Blue Wills

February 24, 2020

Since its inauguration in 2008, the King Institute for Faith and Culture has sought to foster conversation about things that matter, joining town and gown as we bring guests who work at the intersections of Christian faith and culture: artists and ministers, scholars and writers, politicians and prophets.

Anne Blue Wills is professor of religious studies at Davidson College. She teaches courses on a broad range of historical topics in U.S. religion, from “Married to the Ministry” – on the history of clergy spouses – to “U.S. Religions, U.S. Revolutions” – about biblical interpretation and social transformation.

She is currently at work on a biography of Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, the subject of her coedited book Billy Graham: American Pilgrim. She has a particular interest in women’s religious commitment as expressed in popular culture, and has published on memory albums (“scrapbooks”), women’s obituaries, Thanksgiving, and sentimental fiction.

An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she has served as President of the American Academy of Religion’s Southeast Region.

Time and Location

9:15 a.m. – King Memorial Chapel
The Bible and the Ballot: Arguing for Women’s Suffrage

7:00 p.m. – Emmanuel Episcopal Church
“Write or develop an ulcer” Ruth Bell Graham’s Poetry