Last year, along with academics across Texas, Professor Jennifer Graber signed on to a report circulated by the Texas Freedom Network pointing to imbalance and bias in the new Texas history textbooks’ representations of non-Christian religions, as well as misleading statements about religion in the founding era. This led to her testifying at the State Capitol and experiencing first-hand the issues involved when the Texas state board of education interprets religion in the public school curriculum.
Jennifer Graber is Associate Professor in the Religion department of the University of Texas, Austin. She works on religion and violence and inter-religious encounters in American prisons and on the American frontier. Her first book, The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America, explores the intersection of church and state during the founding of the nation’s first prisons. Her current project focuses on religious transformations in Indian and settler communities in a part of Indian Territory over the course of the nineteenth century. She explores religious change among Kiowa Indians and the Anglo-American communities who settled among them in what is now southwest Oklahoma.
This Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lunchtime Discussion is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is limited to Princeton University students, fellows, and faculty. Lunch will be provided. Please rsvp to Jenny Legath by Friday April 8.