Obama’s former faith-based initiatives chief speaks Dec. 5

By Janel Shoun-Smith on 11/26/2013

  
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The Institute for Law, Justice and Society will host a lecture by Joshua Dubois, former special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in Stowe Hall (formerly room 108 in the Swang Business Center).

Dubois has recently written the book, “The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama and Stories of Faith in the White House.” A book signing and dessert reception will follow Dubois’ talk.

Joshua DuBois is the former head of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Barack Obama’s administration. Dubois directed the administration’s engagement of faith-based and other nonprofit organizations around the country.

Dubois previously served in then-Senator Obama’s legislative office, and he led the religious affairs department for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. He is a noted expert on the intersection of religion and public life, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN and elsewhere.

Before coming into the employ of Obama, Dubois worked on Capitol Hill and was an associate pastor at a small church in Cambridge, Mass., He received a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Dubois was raised in Nashville.

He is a contributor to The Daily Beast and has recently appeared on Morning Joe and spoken at the Carter Center, a humanitarian organization founded by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.