"Religious Freedom and US Empire"

Dartmouth Events

"Religious Freedom and US Empire"

Lecture by Tisa Wenger (Yale Divinity School). Free and open to all. Reception follows.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Room 002, Rockefeller Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Tisa Wenger is Associate Professor of American Religious History at Yale Divinity School. Professor Wenger’s research and teaching interests include the history of Christianity in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States (especially the American West), the cultural history of the categories of religion and secularism, the politics of religious freedom, and the intersections of race and religion in American history. Her first book We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom (2009) shows how dominant conceptions of religion and religious freedom affected the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico as they sought to protect their religious ceremonies from government suppression, and how that struggle helped reshape mainstream views of religion and the politics of Indian affairs. Her latest book Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal (2017) examines the history of religious freedom as an American ideal, tracing its multiple and shifting deployments throughout U.S. history as tied to the evolving politics of race and empire.

Convened by Laura McTighe, Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion. Funded by the Dartmouth Society of Fellows and co-sponsored by the Department of Religion.

For more information, contact:
Marcia Welsh
(603) 646-3738

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.