2016-17 Colloquium on American Religion, Politics, and Culture

The Danforth Center sponsors an ongoing colloquium to foster discussion of new scholarship in the broad domains of American religion, politics, and culture.  It is a research-oriented workshop that aims to build a multidisciplinary community among students, fellows, and faculty, all drawn to the intellectual questions that animate the Center’s work.

In the upcoming academic year, the colloquium will meet on various Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30p.m. in the Danforth Center seminar room (Umrath Hall 116), followed by refreshments and time for informal conversation. Papers for the colloquium will be distributed electronically a week in advance. If you need more information or would like to be added to the mailing list for the colloquium, please contact Leigh Schmidt (leigh.e.schmidt@wustl.edu).

2016-17 Schedule of Presenters

September 8, 2016
Kate Moran, St. Louis University American Studies Department
“The Memory of Marquette, the Father of the Midwest”

September 22, 2016
Marie Griffith, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Battles over Same-Sex Marriage, Equal Rights, and Religious Freedom”

October 13, 2016
Christine Croxall, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Family Rules: Christian Missionaries Confronting Native Domestic Practices in the Mississippi River Valley”

October 27, 2016
Gene Zubovich, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Protestant Political Mobilization in the Great Depression and the Making of American Liberalism”

November 10, 2016
Hal Bush, St. Louis University English Department
“Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Contemporary Neuroscience, and the Spirituality of ‘One True Sentence'”

December 1, 2016
Dana Logan, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Protestant Ritualism”

January 26, 2017
Charles Lesch, Washington University in St. Louis Mellon Fellow
“The Political-Theological Origins of Human Dignity: Kant, Spontaneity, and Solidarity”

February 9, 2017
Fannie Bialek, Washington University in St. Louis, Religious Studies Program
“Vulnerability in Feminist Ethics: Revisiting Agape as an Ethical Ideal”

March 2, 2017
Moshe Kornfeld, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Jewish Privilege, Philanthropy, and Protest in Post-Katrina New Orleans”

March 9, 2017
Liz McCloskey, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Profiles in Spirit: Spiritual Narratives of American Politicians”

April 13, 2017
John Inazu, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics and School of Law
“The Limits of Translation”

April 27, 2017
Mark Valeri, Washington University in St. Louis, Center on Religion and Politics
“Travels and Conversions in the Eighteenth Century”