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Mike Huckabee at Cedarville: Why It's Great for Students

Mike Huckabee at Cedarville: Why It's Great for Students

September 18, 2013

Cedarville University is privileged to attract a diverse range of speakers to campus every year. This week, former Governor Mike Huckabee spoke to a crowd of 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and community guests in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center. Watch the WDTN news report highlighting his visit.

Dr. Mark Smith, Director of Cedarville's Center for Political Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, explained the “why” behind Cedarville’s passion to educate students on political involvement and the impact that can be made.

“Part of my job is to connect Cedarville students to the political world. Why? I believe Christ is Lord over everything, including government and politics. I want to encourage our students to be effective Christian witnesses and productive citizens. One way to do that is to invite important, high profile speakers to campus so that our students will see godly models of political activism."

Besides Gov. Huckabee, just in the last few years we have heard from:
  • Richard Mourdock, current Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana
  • Mike DeWine, former U.S. Senator and current Ohio Attorney General
  • Karl Rove, Special Counsel to President George W. Bush
  • Michael Gerson, chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
Smith continued, "We do this because we want our students to see, understand, and, ultimately, change the world for the cause of Christ.”

Dr. Smith teaches courses in American politics, constitutional law, and research methodology/data analysis. He has authored numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. His primary research interest is in the field of religion and American politics. Before joining the faculty at Cedarville, Dr. Smith taught at Tulane University and Calvin College.