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In the classical era, Stoic philosophers advanced the proposition that we are all citizens of two communities: the physical one where we reside, and the metaphysical one that identifies us with likeminded individuals throughout the world. The early Christians embraced and adapted this notion, linking local congregations with the catholic, or universal church. This notion of dual citizenship surely applies to those of us in today’s academy. We are simultaneously citizens of our campus communities and those of our scholarly disciplines.

In my last lecture, I propose to connect my major disciplinary interests with some concerns and hopes I have for the future of Ouachita Baptist University. I have a long title for this short talk: “Political Polarization and Baptist Higher Education: Reflections Relating Party Realignment in the South with Ouachita’s Future.”