This year the Religions in America Workshop will meet on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:15 pm in the Marty Center Library or Seminar Room on the second floor of Swift Hall (next to the elevator). Lunch is usually served. The schedule below is subject to change, so please check our main page for details the week before each event or email joelabrown@uchicago.edu with questions.

Spring 2018

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12 April 
Diane Picio (PhD Student, Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture), “Representing the Family” (dissertation proposal)
Location TBD
Pre-circulated paper
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3 May
Michele Ferris (PhD Candidate, Religions in America),  dissertation chapter
MMC Library
Pre-circulated paper
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17 May
Brett Colasacco (PhD Candidate, Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture), “Robinson Jeffers, Philosophical Calvinist”
MMC Seminar Room
Pre-circulated paper
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24 May

When American Religion Goes Digital: Pedagogical Innovation in the Teaching of American Religion(s) [co-sponsored with Craft of Teaching] [Arts of Teaching]

12:00-1:30pm, Swift Hall Common Room

Join Monica Mercado (PhD ’14, Assistant Professor of History, Colgate University) for a conversation thinking at once about pedagogical innovations in the teaching of American religions—focusing especially on the perils and possibilities of the digital humanities for the undergraduate classroom—while also considering how graduate students approaching the academic job market can prepare to write and speak about their teaching experience. (Prof. Mercado, who recently navigated the job market successfully, will pre-circulate her teaching philosophy statement for those who plan to attend the session.) In advance of the workshop, participants are asked to review Ashley Reed’s “Digital Humanities and the study and teaching of North American religions,” in Religion Compass (2016).

Coffee and tea provided (No lunch)

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Winter 2018

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18 January
Joel Brown (PhD Student, Religions in America), “Redemption (Again): White Christianity and Resistance to Civil Rights for Racial Minorities in Twenty-First Century America” (book chapter)
Pre-circulated paper
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1 February
Professor Eric Oliver (Political Science), “Measuring an Intuitionist Worldview” (excerpt from upcoming book, Enchanted America: Intuition and Magical Thinking in American Politics)
Pre-circulated paper
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15 February
Claire Hautot (PhD Student, Religions in America), “‘The Supreme Order of Evil’: Central Banking and the Theology of Sam Bowers”
Pre-circulated paper
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1 March
Greg Chatterley (PhD Candidate, Religions in America), “‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…’: the Suburban Transformation of Post-War Evangelicalism” (dissertation chapter)
Pre-circulated paper
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Autumn 2017

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5 October:
Pub Night! (University Pub, 6-7pm)
No paper, just conversation
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12 October:
Karl Kuehner (MA Student, U. of Chicago), “Modern Warriors: Jerry Falwell, The New Christian Right, and the Experience of Modernity”
Pre-circulated paper
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26 October (*12:30 – 1:30pm):
Russell Johnson (PhD Candidate, U. of Chicago), “The Struggle is Real: Understanding the American ‘Culture War’”
Pre-circulated paper
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10 November (2-4pm, Third Floor, Swift Hall):
David Hall (Harvard U.), “Thinking across (Protestant) Reformations: Scotland, England, and New England, 1550-1640” (Co-sponsored with the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture)
Panel Respondents: W. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity and Theology, and Eric Slauter, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
No pre-circulated paper
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16 November:
Erin Simmonds (PhD Student, U. of Chicago), “Battling ‘The Other’: Atheism’s Dual Role in the Evolution Debates of the 1920s”
Pre-circulated paper
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30 November:
Kit Shields (PhD Candidate, U. of Chicago), “‘Written on Their Hearts’: Body, Imagination, and Slave Literacy”
Pre-circulated paper