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America's Religious Wars - Author Talk + Book Release

Join us for an afternoon centered around the book “America’s Religious Wars” (Yale University Press, 2019) with author Kathleen Sands and guest speakers followed by a reception and book signing. Free and open to public.

“When Americans fight about “religion,” we are also fighting about our conflicting identities, interests, and commitments. Religion-talk has been a ready vehicle for these conflicts because it is built on enduring contradictions within our core political values. The Constitution treats religion as something to be confined behind a wall, but in public communications, the Framers treated religion as the foundation of the American republic. Ever since, Americans have translated disagreements on many other issues into an endless debate about the role of religion in our public life.

Built around a set of compelling narratives—George Washington’s battle with Quaker pacifists; the fight of Mormons and Catholics for equality with Protestants; Teddy Roosevelt’s concept of land versus the Lakota’s concept; the creation-evolution controversy; and the struggle over sexuality—this book shows how religion, throughout American history, has symbolized, but never resolved, our deepest political questions.”


Guest speakers include:

David Stannard, Emeritus Professor of American Studies, UH Mānoa

Hana Kim, Ph,D. Candidate in Political Science, UH Mānoa

Rev. T.J. Fitzgerald, First Unitarian Church, Honolulu

Karen Jolly, Professor of History, UH Mānoa

More about the author - Kathleen Sands is Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work has been published in a wide range of venues, including The American Indian Law Review, Theology and Culture, New Literary History, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She is the author of Escape from Paradise: Evil and Tragedy in Feminist Theology and editor of God Forbid: Religion and Sex in American Public Life. She has served on the editorial boards of American Quarterly, the Journal of Law and Religion, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Earlier Event: October 29
Book Club: Hippie Food