The James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture: Religion, Faith and Optimism 

Join Agnes Scott College for an inspiring conversation with Kate Bowler—historian, author and incurable optimist. 











Monday, October 22, 2018
7 p.m 
Agnes Scott College
Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall


Complimentary parking is available in the West Parking Facility on S. McDonough Street. Directions to campus.

This event is free and open to the public, and tickets are required.  Reserve tickets online at Tickets can be picked up from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the day of the event. Seats for ticket holders will be guaranteed until 6:30 p.m. After that time tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis. For more information please call 404.471.6700 or email

About Kate Bowler 
Kate Bowler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, received a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. at Duke University. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford University Press, 2013) which received widespread media attention and academic praise as the first history of the movement based on divine promises of health, wealth and happiness.
She wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved) (Random House, 2018) after being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35—a book Bill Gates lauds as “belonging on the shelf alongside other terrific books about mortality” and includes on his must-read list. Dr. Bowler subsequently staged a national conversation around why it felt so difficult to speak frankly about suffering through her popular podcast, Everything Happens. She has appeared on NPR, The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post and TIME Magazine. Her work has been praised by a wide variety of religious and political publications, from liberal print media to conservative talk radio. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Toban, and son, Zach.