Carlton Mitchell Series Returns in September

After a one year hiatus, Interfaith Winston-Salem, in partnership with Wake Forest University,  is proud to announce the return of the Carlton T. Mitchell Interfaith Series, Thursday, September 22.

Dr. Charles Kimball of Oklahoma University will speak on “Understanding and Countering Religious Extremism Among the Children of Abraham” at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Faith communities are encouraged to come as groups to hear Dr. Kimball’s presentation.


The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Dr. Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in (and also Chaired) the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University for thirty years (1961-91). Current Sponsors include Interfaith Winston-Salem, WFU Dept. for the Study of Religions, Wake Forest School of Divinity, Wake Forest Office of the Chaplain, Knollwood Baptist Church, The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, and the Mitchell family.


Dr. Kimball is Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Between 1996 and 2008, he served as Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. An ordained Baptist minister, Kimball received his Th.D. from Harvard University in comparative religion with specialization in Islamic studies.


His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Sojourners, The Christian Century, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Boston Globe. He is the author of five books, including When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2011). His previous book, When Religion Becomes Evil (HarperOne, rev. ed. 2008), was named one of the "Top 15 Books on Religion" by Publishers Weekly and one of the top ten books of the year by the Association of Parish clergy.