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March 2017

Race and Religion in the Americas and the Atlantic World: A Conference in Honor of María Elena Martínez

March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017

This conference is in honor of the late historian, María Elena Martinez, whose work and influence crossed disciplinary, regional, and temporal borders. An area of her scholarship that has had a particularly broad impact has been rethinking the history of race and racialization in the Americas and the Atlantic World through her focused work on the Iberian empire and colonial Mexico. The program is envisioned as a way of bringing together scholars in time periods, geographical areas, and fields of…

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From Mount Sinai to Main Street: America and the Ten Commandments

March 6, 2017 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Lewis Library 120, corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane
Princeton, 08544
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Audio online here: Throughout much of the 20th century, the Ten Commandments loomed large in the United States – but more as a series of gentle cautions and helpful hints than as divine writ.  Brought down from on high and thrust into the center of daily life, the ancient biblical code took on a new set of meanings and applications in the New World. How and why that came to pass is the subject of Jenna Weissman Joselit’s illustrated talk: …

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Beyond Stonewall: New Histories of Religion and Sexuality in America

March 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Symposium organized by Wallace Best, Department of Religion, featuring Heather R. White, University of Puget Sound, author of Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, and Anthony M. Petro, Boston University, author of After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion. More information and registration at

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At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty

March 13, 2017 @ 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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Crossroads of Religion and Politics Discussion with Melynda Price. Curing systemic inequalities in the criminal justice system is the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement. No part of that system highlights this truth more than the current implementation of the death penalty. At the Cross tells a story of the relationship between the death penalty and race in American politics that complicates the common belief that individual African Americans, especially poor African Americans, are more subject to the death penalty in…

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April 2017

Black Religion, Racial Identity, and Politics During the Great Migration

April 4, 2017 @ 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion with Judith Weisenfeld, Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion, Princeton University. Judith Weisenfeld is the author of the forthcoming New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration.  Focusing on the Moorish Science Temple, the Nation of Islam, Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement, and a number of congregations of Ethiopian Hebrews, Weisenfeld argues that the appeal of these groups lay not only in the new religious opportunities membership…

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