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Public Atheism: An American History

Public Atheism: An American History
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Mar 7th, 2:00 pm End: Mar 7th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900
Lecture by Leigh Schmidt, Washington University in St. Louis

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present:

Leigh Schmidt, Washington University in St. Louis

Public Atheism: An American History

Co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Religion

Leigh E. Schmidt is the Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in 2011. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard University, and, from 1995 to 2009, he taught at Princeton University where he was the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion and served as chair of the Department of Religion. He has held research fellowships at Stanford and Princeton and also through the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Schmidt is the author of numerous books, including: Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment (2000), which won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Historical Studies and the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association; Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality (2005), which appeared in an updated edition from the University of California Press in 2012; Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (1995); and, Holy Fairs: Scottish Communions and American Revivals in the Early Modern Period (1989), which received the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History. In addition, Schmidt has served as co-editor with Sally Promey of American Religious Liberalism (2012), co-editor with Laurie Maffly-Kipp and Mark Valeri of Practicing Protestants: Histories of the Christian Life in America (2006), and co-author with Edwin Scott Gaustad of The Religious History of America (2002). Schmidt’s latest book is Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman (2010)

For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8972.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  To register, please click HERE.

Professor Schmidt will also present a workshop for faculty and graduate students on Friday March 7 at 10:00 a.m.  To register for the workshop, please click HERE.

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