L57 RelPol 395

Topics in Religion and Politics: Religious Celebrity

Fall 2017, T/Th 1:00–2:30PM

This course investigates the intersection of religion and celebrity in American culture.

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Biography

This course investigates the intersection of religion and celebrity in American culture through figures such as Oprah and Billy Graham. Beyond looking at particular religious celebrities, the course looks at the history of fame, theories of “charisma”, and secular celebrities as gods of the modern age. The course also traces the rise of theatrical stardom and religious charisma in the United States, and the ways in which political celebrity draws on these traditions.

  • The course gave me a deeper understanding of various religions, histories, and how they developed their respective followings overtime.

    — Fall 2017

  • The heavy discussion-based classes were amazing. I loved talking with other classmates instead of being lectured at.

    — Fall 2017