BEYOND THE CULTURE WARS: RECASTING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

March 27-29, 2014
Washington University in St. Louis
Umrath Lounge

THURSDAY, MARCH 27
8:40-9:00 a.m. WELCOMING COMMENTS 

9:00-10:20 a.m.  PANEL 1: Populist Faiths and Politics in an Age of Reform
Chair: Marie Griffith (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Charles Postel (San Francisco State University)“Waco’s Baptist-Iconoclast Conflict and the Contexts of Populist Belief”
“Waco’s Baptist-Iconoclast Conflict and the Contexts of Populist Belief”
Presentation: Joseph (Kip) Kosek (George Washington University)
“Property, Labor, and Spiritual Renewal in the American Religious Depression”
Comment: Paul Harvey (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

10:30-11:50 a.m.  PANEL 2: Religious Liberty and Republican Visions at Century’s Turn
Chair: Mark Jordan (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Max Perry Mueller (Harvard University)
“Joseph F. Smith’s Republican Vision: Centralized Government, Centralized Church”
Presentation: Brendan Payne (Baylor University)
“‘Fidelity to that Liberty’: Black Preachers and the Brewers Coalition Against Poll Taxes and Prohibition in Texas, 1902-1916”
Presentation: Cara Burnidge (Florida State University)
“‘By the Hand of God Who Led Us’: The Senate’s Crusade Against the League of Nations”
Comment: Audience

1:00-2:20 p.m.  PANEL 3: Liberal Legacies of the Thirties
Chair: Leigh Schmidt (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Charles Louis Richter (George Washington University)
“Brotherhood Day, Loyalty Day, and the Red Mass: Forging National Unity in the Pews”
Presentation: Jamil Drake (Emory University)
“The Culture and Class Dilemma in the Myrdal-Carnegie Study: Liberalism, Race Relations Research, and the Problem of Black Folk Religion”
Presentation: Gene Zubovich (University of California, Berkeley)
“Ecumenical Protestants, the Laity, and the Fate of the New Deal”
Comment: Audience

2:30-3:50 p.m.  PANEL 4: Liberalism’s Postwar Struggles for America’s Soul
Chair: Lerone Martin (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: K. Healan Gaston (Harvard Divinity School)
“Waging the Conceptual Cold War: Secularism, Pluralism, and the Struggle for Religious Authenticity”
Presentation: Mark Brilliant (University of California, Berkeley)
“The Liberal Roots of Neo-Liberalism in American Public Education: School Finance Reformers and the Case for School Vouchers”
Comment: Sarah Barringer Gordon (University of Pennsylvania)

4:00-5:20 p.m.  PANEL 5: Sacred Space, Neighborhood Activism, and Crisis in the Modern City
Chair: Laura Westhoff (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
Presentation: Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University)
“Jewish Spiritual Politics in the Postwar American City”
Presentation: Scott Kurashige (University of Michigan)
“What’s Bad for Detroit is Bad for America: Race and the Politics of Bankruptcy”
Comment: Kevin Boyle (Northwestern University)

7:00-8:30 p.m.
PLENARY ADDRESS
James T. Kloppenberg (Harvard University)
“Barack Obama and the Paradoxes of Progressive Christianity”


FRIDAY, MARCH 28
8:40-10:20 a.m.  PANEL 6: Spirits of Resistance, Resettlement, and Dissent
Chair: Laurie Maffly-Kipp (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Sher Afgan Tareen (Florida State University)
“The Liberal is Conservative: Thinking the Question of ‘Pluralism’ and “Islam’ Since Postwar America”
Presentation: Ronit Stahl (University of Michigan)
“Moral Objection and Religious Obligation: The American Military Chaplaincy and the Politics of Conscience During the Vietnam War”
Presentation: Mauricio Castro (Purdue University)
“‘The Cuban Turned to the Church for Help’: The Catholic Church and Federal Refugee Policy in Miami”
Presentation: Laura McTighe (Columbia University)
“Born in Flames: Religion, Incarceration, and the Spirit of Grassroots Resistance in New Orleans”
Comment: Audience

10:30-11:50 a.m.  PANEL 7: Catholic Challenges to the Status Quo
Chair: Kate Moran (St. Louis University)
Presentation: Michelle Nickerson (Loyola University, Chicago)
“The Camden 28: Fratres Sororesque in Pace”
Presentation: Kathleen Sprows Cummings (University of Notre Dame)
“The Nun in the World: Catholic Sisters, Vatican II, and American Politics”
Comment: Robert Self (Brown University)

1:00-2:20 p.m.  PANEL 8: Faith, Identity, and Empowerment During the Global Turn
Chair: Rachel Lindsey (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Ben Francis-Fallon (West Carolina University)
“The Other ‘White Ethnics’: Faith, Family, and ‘Spanish-speaking’ Voters in the 1970s”
Presentation: Kate Bowler (Duke Divinity School)
“Latino Pentecostalism and the New Liberation Theology”
Comment: Thomas (Tim) Borstelmann (University of Nebraska)

2:30-3:50 p.m.
PANEL 9: The Contested Politics of Pluralism
Chair: Anne Blankenship (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Josef Sorett (Columbia University)
“‘The Answers were Apocraphyl’: Religion and the Politics of Studying Race at Phylon, 1940-1957”
Presentation: Wendy L. Wall (SUNY Binghamton)
“‘A Gauge of Our Faithfulness’: Religion and the Politics of Immigration Reform”
Comment: Barbara D. Savage (University of Pennsylvania)

4:00-5:20 p.m.  PANEL 10: Statecraft, Security, and the Sacred in America’s Century
Chair: Elizabeth Borgwardt (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Matthew A. Sutton (Washington State University)
“God’s Spooks: Religion, the CIA, and the Myth of Church-State Separation”
Presentation: Andrew Preston (Cambridge University)
“An American Crusade: The Religious Liberty of Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union”
Comment: Melani McAlister (George Washington University)

SATURDAY, MARCH 29
8:40-10:20 a.m.  PANEL 11: Recasting Evangelicalism’s “Culture War” at Century’s End
Chair: Steven Miller (Webster University)
Presentation: Stephanie Wolfe (Northwestern University)
“Discovering God in the City: Evangelical Responses to the Crisis of the Post-Industrial City, 1968-Present”
Presentation: Rebecca Wagner (Cambridge University)
“The Evangelical Left and Abortion over the 1980s”
Presentation: Kip Richardson (Harvard University)
“Consider the Megachurch: The Political Work of Evangelical Congregations”
Presentation: Kate Netzler Burch (Indiana University)
“Becoming Pro-Life: American Evangelicals and the Consistent Life Ethic”
Comment: Audience

10:30-11:50 a.m.  PANEL 12: Environmental Encounters
Chair: Darren Dochuk (Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis)
Presentation: Patrick Mason (Claremont Graduate School)
“The Fullness of the Earth is Yours”: Environmental Politics in the Mormon Culture Region
Presentation: Keith Woodhouse (Northwestern University)
“In Defense of People, In Defense of the Earth: Environmentalism and the Religious Right in Late-Twentieth-Century American Politics”
Comment: Adam Rome (University of Delaware)

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  CLOSING COMMENTS