Former President Jimmy Carter began the third annual Sheth Lecture, April 26 at the Miller-Ward Alumni House, by recalling the days he stayed next door at the Houston Mill House. “That was back when I worked for [former Emory President] Jim Laney,” Carter said. But the main subject of his appearance was to warn of a “remarkable and unprecedented” shift in American values regarding religion and politics. Carter does not think highly of this change, but he ended his address with hope that the United States will correct itself. “I believe that self-correction is already taking place,” he said.
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Carter says U.S. values eroding, endangered
In just three years, the Emeritus College has set the bar fairly high for its annual Sheth Distinguished Lecture: The inaugural speaker was former Emory President Jim Laney, followed last year by William Foege, professor emeritus and former Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health. It’s hard to guess where the event’s organizers will go from here, as last week former President Jimmy Carter delivered the third Sheth Lecture at the Miller-Ward Alumni House, using the opportunity to elaborate both the message and the reasons behind his latest (and 20th) book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.
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