Project Events

As part of its "Worlds of Billy Graham" project the ISAE will be sponsoring a number of events at Wheaton College and at other locations. Details on these events will be posted here as they are finalized.


"Billy Graham and Modern Evangelism"

Friday, January 24, 2014, 2:00-8:30 PM

Gordon-Conwell Theo. Seminary, Charlotte, NC

This one day gathering will focus on aspects of the life and ministry of Billy Graham.  Among the events (full schedule here) will be a conversation with Mr. Graham's sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Leighton Ford, talks by Dr. Grant Wacker (Duke Divinity School), Dr. Garth Rosell (Gordon-Conwell, Massachusetts); Dr. Edith Blumhofer (ISAE, Wheaton College), and a "sneak preview" of a new documentary film, A Gathering of Souls: The Billy Graham Crusades.  The Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is located at 14452 Choate Circle in south Charlotte (map), just off Carowinds Boulevard.  Admission is free and open to the public. For further details--including information on local restaurants and hotels--contact the ISAE at 630-752-5437 or email us at:


"The Worlds of Billy Graham" Conference

September 26 -28, 2013
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL

In many ways, Billy Graham was the lynchpin that held the modern evangelical movement together. His 60+-year career and vital role in promoting world evangelism and missions through such efforts as the Lausanne Committee have made him perhaps the singular most important figure in world Christianity during the 20th century. At this conference we explored the unique insights Graham's life provides into American religion and the larger story of American cultural and political history. 

The conference papers will be fashioned into a volume of essays to be published by a major university press (a list of conference speakers and their paper topics can be found here).  Further details will be released as they become available.  Also keep an eye on this space in the near future for videos of select conference sessions.  


"Worlds of Billy Graham" Project Public Lectures

Dr. Andrew FinstuenOn February 20th, Dr. Andrew Finstuen of Boise State University presented a public lecture
"Billy and Reinie: Why Billy Graham Said 'I Need Some More Reinhold Niebuhrs in My Life'."  

Dr. Andrew Finstuen is head of the Honors College at Boise State University and is a co-director of the ISAE's "Worlds of Billy Graham Project."  He is the author of Original Sin and Everyday Protestants: The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr, Billy Graham, and Paul Tillich in an Age of Anxiety (UNC Press, 2009). 

Dr. Anne Blue WillsOn March 21st, Dr. Anne Blue Wills of Davidson College presented a public lecture entitled
"'An Odd Kind of Cross to Bear': On Being Mrs. Billy Graham." 

Anne Blue Wills is a co-director of the ISAE's "Worlds of Billy Graham Project." Dr. Wills is currently working on a biography of Ruth Bell Graham and is the author of several articles on various aspects of American religion. She is an associate professor of religion at Davidson College in North Carolina and is the chair of the Research Committee of the American Society of Church History.  


Public Lecture: BGC Archival Research Lecture

"Panda Huggers and Dragon Killers: Billy Graham, American Evangelicals and Sino-American Relations"
Dr. Tu Yi Chao, Fudan University

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00PM Wilson Suite, 4th Floor of Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Since 1949 American evangelicals have held vigilant and sometimes hostile attitudes toward Red China.  Billy Graham, the most influential evangelical leader of the 20th-century, played a unique role in Sino-American relations during the second half of that century.  Although an outspoken critic of communism in the 1950s, two decades later Graham was promoting the opening of Sino-American relations and paving the way for renewed missionary work in China. 

His evolving attitude toward China and its impact on Sino-American relations provide a significant commentary on the changing perceptions and interactions between two world powers.  This lecture explores the role American evangelicals have played in the recent story of SIno-American relations using Rev. Billy Graham as a case study.

This lecture is free and open to the public. 

For more information contact the ISAE at 630-752-5937, or send a note to:


ISAE Awards Research Travel Grants for Projects Involving the Life and Career of Billy Graham

In April 2013 the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE) awarded three $500 research travel grants for graduate students and younger scholars studying the life and career of Billy Graham. 

The grants were intended specifically to defray research, travel, lodging, and meal expense for research in the collections of the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College. 

The recipients of the grants were: 

  • William Purinton of Seoul Theological University
  • William J. Schultz of Princeton University
  • Rebecca Wagner of Cambridge University

Congratulations to the grant recipients!


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