Religion and Its Many American Publics

April 7-8, 2019

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 responsibilities 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 over 20 invited scholars conversing in roundtables on a wide range of keyword topics. It will be open to the public via advance registration. Please register in advance using the link on the side of this page.

We are also delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Melani McAlister of George Washington University on the evening of Monday, April 8, sponsored by the annual Religion Studies Department, Connell Lecture Series.

Sponsors and Co-sponsors: American Studies Program, 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.