Dr. Anthea Butler gives Ian Barbour Lecture on Religion and Modernity, "Which Nation, and Which God: Democracy and Religion in the 21st Century"
Professor Anthea Butler, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the most prominent historians of African American and American religion today. Her research and writing spans African American religion and history, race, politics, Evangelicalism, gender and sexuality, media, and popular culture. Butler’s recent book is White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. Her first book is Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. Her next book project in progress is Reading Race: How Publishing created a lifeline for Black Baptists in Post Reconstruction America. Professor Butler is the 2022 winner of the Martin E Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, given by the American Academy of Religion.
A sought-after commentator, Professor Butler is an opinion writer for MSNBC. Her articles have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and The Guardian. She has served as a consultant to the PBS series Billy Graham, The Black Church, God in America, and Sister Aimee.
We are excited that she will give this year's Ian Barbour lecture, held in honor of the legacy of Ian Barbour's engagement with the role of religion in the modern world. Professor Barbour, founder of Carleton's Religion department, gave the Gifford Lectures in Scotland and in 1999 was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Professor Ian Barbour was the Carleton College Winnifred & Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus who passed away December 24, 2013.
Sponsored by the Religion Department and Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund