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This seminar explores the role of religion in American society from cross-disciplinary perspectives: history, anthropology, literature, sociology, theology, material culture, etc. Both “religion” and “America” are broadly defined: “religion” takes into account multicultural and multifarious religious expressions in an increasingly pluralistic setting; “America” includes not merely the United States but Canada and the Caribbean as well. The members of the seminar are particularly interested in examining the religiously rich environment of New York City.

Gale Kenny

Cella Masso Rivetti

Meeting Schedule

10/09/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Omri Elisha, Queens College, CUNY

11/13/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Rome is not just Catholic, and its religions are not just Italian: U.S. support for the emergence of a new religious freedom
Mariachiara Giorda, Roma Tre University

01/29/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Drain the Swamp: The Infrastructure of American Civil Religion in the Everglades Drainage District
Isaiah Ellis , University of Toronto

02/26/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Heath Carter, Princeton Theological Seminary

04/01/2024 Cancelled
6:00 PM

Erica Robles, New York University

04/29/2024 Cancelled
6:00 PM

Xavier Pickett , Cornell University