2018-2019 Colloquium on American Religion, Politics, and Culture

The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics 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 Center’s 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).

2018-2019 Schedule of Presenters

September 13, 2018
Tisa Wenger, Yale University
“Missionaries, ‘Native Liberty,’ and Colonial Secularisms in the Belgian Congo”

September 27, 2018
Cyrus O’Brien, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“Prisons of Prosperity: Religious Organizations and the Prison Industrial Complex”

October 11, 2018
Dana Lloyd, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“A Hollow Freedom: Religious Freedom and Indigenous Sovereignty in Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988)”

October 25, 2018
Charlie McCrary, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“Sincerely Held: American Religion, Secularism, and Belief”

November 8, 2018
Aaron Griffith, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“‘God’s objective legal order’: American Evangelical Law Schools and Legal Culture”

November 29, 2018
Elena Kravchenko, Washington University Religious Studies Program
“Women and the Orthodox Church in America”

February 7, 2019
Mark Valeri, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“The Revolution of 1688 and How it Affected the Politics of Religion in England and New England”

February 21, 2019
Abram Van Engen, Washington University Department of English
“American Exceptionalism and American Origins”

March 7, 2019
Marie Griffith, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“Christian Clergy and the Vexed History of Planned Parenthood”

April 4, 2019
Monique Bedasse, Washington University Department of History
“Obnoxious Cult: Rastafari, Blasphemy, and the ‘Grim Specter of Racialism’ in the Age of Decolonization”

April 18, 2019
Leigh Eric Schmidt, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
“Temples of Humanity: A Material History of American Secularism”