"Worlds of Billy Graham" Conference Topics and Participants


Video for two of the "Worlds of Billy Graham" conference presentations (by David King and Elesha Coffman) can be found on Wheaton College's Media Page.


In 2011, the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals a two-year grant to examine the impact of the life, career, and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham.

As one of the projects stemming from this grant, the ISAE was pleased to host the "Worlds of Billy Graham" Conference at Wheaton College on September 26-28, 2013.  The conference participants and their papers are listed below.  The essays are being fashioned into an edited volume that will be published by a major university press--details will be released as they become available.

-"Introduction:  Billy Graham and American History"
(Dr. Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School)

-"From Desire to Decision: The Evangelistic Preaching of Billy Graham"
(Michael Hamilton, Seattle Pacific University)

-"Singing to Save: The Signature Sound of the Graham Crusades"
(Edith Blumhofer, Wheaton College)

-"'You Cannot Fool the Electronic Eye':  Billy Graham and Media"
(Elesha Coffman, Dubuque Theological Seminary)

-"'An Odd Kind of Cross to Bear': Being Mrs. Billy Graham"
(Anne Blue Wills, Davidson College)

-"'To Go or Not to Go': Billy Graham and Moscow, 1982"
(John Akers, Independent Scholar)

-"A Politics of Conversion: Billy Graham's Political and Social Vision"
(Curtis Evans, University of Chicago Divinity School)

-"Professor Graham: Billy Graham's Missions to Colleges and Universities"
(Andrew Finstuen, Boise State University)

-"'Mr. Texas': Billy Graham, Entrepreneurialism, and Race Reform in the Sunbelt's 'Golden Buckle'"
(Darren Dochuk, Washington University)

-"Those Welkin Eyes: Billy Graham, Marshall Frady and the Enigma of the Modern South"
(Steven Miller, Webster University)

-"Preaching Good News to the Poor: Billy Graham and Evangelical Humanitarianism"
(David King, Memphis Theological Seminary)

-"Billy Graham and the New Evangelical Manhood"
(Seth Dowland, Pacific Lutheran University)


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