Department of Religion and Culture

The Future of American Religion

The election of Barack Obama as president in 2008 was heralded by a number of commentators as an awakening to a “post-racial” era in American society. As a Harvard-educated son of an American woman and Kenyan father, Obama seemed to be diversity personified. His call to look beyond “blue states” and “red states” was a call for a new transcultural ideal of America, where Americans would find hope in and be unified by their differences. But Obama’s hopeful hyperbole was matched by hyperbole of a different type. Indeed, traditional American tropes of racism emerged in certain reactions to their new commander-in-chief, yet the main thrust of these negative reactions arose in questions related to Obama’s religious beliefs and religious identity.

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Our Speakers

Our speakers for Spring 2012 are:

  1. Prof. Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)
  2. Prof. Bernadette Barton (Morehead State University)
  3. Michelle Goldberg (Journalist, Newsweek/ DailyBeast.com)

Prof. Edward E. Curtis IV

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Prof. Curtis

 

Prof. Bernadette Barton

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Prof. Barton

  • Associate Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies at Morehead State University (KY)
  • Public Talk

    "The Toxic Clost: Homosexuality and Christianity in the Bible Belt"

    Mon. March 26 - 6pm
    108 Surge
    PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME & LOCATION

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Michelle Goldberg

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Ms. Goldberg

  • Author and senior contributing writer for The Daily Beast/ Newsweek.
  • Public Talk

    "Christian Nationalism and the 2012 Election"

    Tues. April 10 - 6pm
    108 Surge
    PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME & LOCATION

  • Homepage