Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, an author and religion correspondent for National Public Radio, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The talk, co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and the Communication and Journalism Department, is the first of four 2009-2010 lectures in Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series.

The talk is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at any of four Bibelot Shop locations. More information about the talk is available at this Minnesota Public Radio Web site.

Hagerty is the author of a new book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, which discusses what science can and can’t tell us about the religious experiences of believers.

Religion correspondent for National Public Radio since 2003, Hagerty reports on the intersection of faith and politics, law, science and culture. She previously was the NPR Justice Department correspondent and reported on stories ranging from President Clinton’s impeachment hearings to the DNA revolution. Before joining NPR she was an economics and foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

The second speaker in the series is Mary Kay Magistad, who covers Asia for Public Radio International’s program, “The World.” She will speak at St. Thomas Tuesday, Dec. 1, shortly after President Obama’s first presidential visit to China.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 13th year, commissions renowned public-broadcasting journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.

Host for Hagerty’s Oct. 6 lecture will be Krista Tippett of the widely syndicated “Speaking of Faith” public radio program.  Hagerty will be available that evening for a book-signing in the first-floor atrium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.