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October 6, 2012

Religion has long played a central role in American society, culture, and politics. While peoples of all faiths enjoy the freedom to express their religious identities, they also share a secular community with adherents of different religions and non-believers. This seminar addresses how religious Americans including Evangelicals, Mormons, Muslims, and African Americans reconcile their faith with their public lives.

Molly Worthen discusses the unusual prominence of religion in American politics and the role that conservative evangelicals have played in transforming today’s political conversation. Juliane Hammer explores how American Muslim women are negotiating their religious identities, their commitments to American Muslim communities, and their collective representation in public discourse and the media. William Hart explores the social and political fault lines that religion has engendered in the African-American community since the Civil Rights era. Laurie Maffly-Kipp will discuss the faith and speak to the increasing prominence of Mormons in American public life. In the panel session, our speakers will consider how to reconcile faith and politics in a liberal pluralistic democracy.

Topics and Speakers

Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride: American Exceptionalism and the Rise of the Christian Right
Molly Worthen, Assistant Professor of History

American Muslim Women between Faith, Community, and Public Opinion
Juliane Hammer, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies

William D. Hart, Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Politics and Interim Head of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Mormons in American Society
Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies

How Much is Too Much? Faith, Politics, and Community
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time and Cost
9:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 13).  The optional lunch is $15.00. 

*Current educators!  A reduced tuition of $30 is being offered for the “Religion in America” seminar, courtesy of the Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund.  For more information about how to register and to take advantage of the special discount please visit the CEC News site.  Please do not use the link below to register if you are an educator trying to register for this seminar.*

Note: There is a home football game scheduled for this weekend which might affect hotel availability. Please contact us for recommendations by calling 919-843-9386.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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