American Studies Symposium

Start Date and Time: 

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 8:45am to Mon, 04/08/2019 - 7:30pm


Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

The College of Arts and Sciences’ American Studies Program will be hosting a symposium, Religion and Its Many American Publics, on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8 in Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons.

In recent years, scholars of religion and American studies have agreed that our public contributions as humanists and social scientists are vital. Recent innovative work in journalism, environmental studies, popular and material cultures, affect studies, race, ethnicity, gender studies, and the digital humanities has shown us just how much can be said at the intersection of Religious Studies and American Studies. What are our ethical responsibi lities for bringing our disciplines to bear in simultaneously learning about and educating a diverse American public in a transnational vein? This symposium brings together an eclectic mix of scholars for innovative roundtables on key themes in studying religion as a public production—and studying religion in public at the turn of the twenty-first century, at a time when intellectuals are charting new pathways for public engagement.

The conference will feature more than 20 invited scholars conversing in roundtables on a wide range of keyword topics. It will be open to the public via advance registration.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Melani McAlister of George Washington University on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons, sponsored by the annual Religion Studies Department Connell Lecture Series.

This symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the day sessions, but not for the evening keynote address.

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Co-sponsors of this Symposium include Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Global and Islamic Studies, *The Center for Ethics, and Religion Studies Department.
*The Center for Ethics is funded in part by the ENDOWMENT FUND for the TEACHING of ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING.