Week Two :: June 30–July 7

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Religion and American Identity

Religion has played a significant role in the evolution of an America identity. This week we will examine the role that religion has played in the development of that identity. Why is it that America continues to be the most religious nation in the developed world? How have various “moments” in American religious history shaped how America understands itself? We will begin with current data that will help us to know better who we have become, and who we are becoming.   

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2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


  • Monday, July 02, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Robert P. Jones

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    Robert P. Jones is the founding CEO of PRRI and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, two other books, and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Colin Woodard

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    Colin Woodard is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. Currently a contributing editor at Politico and State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he won a 2012 George Polk Award, he was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Spencer W. McBride

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    Spencer W. McBride is an historian and documentary editor at The Joseph Smith Papers and the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Halpin

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    John Halpin is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress focusing on political theory, communications, and public opinion analysis. He is the co-director and creator of the Progressive Studies Program at CAP, an interdisciplinary project researching the intellectual history...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, July 06, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Adam Chalom

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    Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, the leadership and rabbinical training institution of the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism, since 2007.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy