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Reflections on SHAFR @ 50 Annual Meeting

Lauren Turek This past weekend, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations celebrated its fiftieth anniversary (as well as the fortieth anniversary of the journal Diplomatic History) at its annual meeting in Arlington, VA. Show More Summary

Adventures in the Archives: Tips for Minimizing Expenses, Maximizing Time, & Having Fun

Andrea L. Turpin “It takes a village to nurture a book into being, and I have been privileged to be part of one that stretches from coast to coast.” This is the opening sentence of my book's acknowledgments section, and I thought ofShow More Summary

CFP: Newberry Library Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas (Deadline is June 30)

By Karen Johnson.I am thrilled to announce that the Newberry Library in Chicago is hosting a seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas this year. If you're working on a project and would like feedback, please apply. You'll have the opportunity to share your ideas, to receive formal feedback, and to hear comments from attendees. Show More Summary

Is there such a thing as working class religion?

Janine Giordano Drake Is there such a thing as working-class religion? In his recent book, The Making of Working Class Religion, Matthew Pehl argues that there is such a thing. For Pehl, "worker religion," is a pattern of idioms and symbols that are co-constituted in the workplace and in religious communities. Show More Summary

The R&AC Conference: Taking Religion "Seriously"

Adam Park "Why so serious?"--The Joker With tongue perpetually in cheek, admittedly, I get a little nervous when people get "serious." My skittish ears are therefore perked at the very mention of the s-word. In all its stern demand, the s-word happened a lot this weekend at my favorite conference ever--the Religion & American Culture Conference. Show More Summary

Know Your Archives Series

Cara BurnidgeNow that RAAC2017 has come and gone, summer is in full swing. For me, and I suspect many readers too, that means it's time for archival research. Fortunately, we've accumulated a quite a few posts for those who might be researching for the first time or heading somewhere new. Show More Summary

Primary Source: Eisenhower on D-Day

Jonathan Den HartogAs my June entries have traditionally fallen on the anniversary of D-Day, I've enjoyed using the entry to highlight topics around religion in World War II. For previous entries, see here and here. Via the National World War II Museum Today, briefly and with minimal analysis, let me share Gen. Show More Summary

Voice, Irony, and Writing Seriously about Religion

Charles McCrary A few weeks ago, at a dissertation defense, the discussion turned to the topic of voice. In his dissertation, as in many of his blog posts here at RiAH, Adam Park[1] wrote in a tongue-in-cheek, ironic, at times even sarcastic voice. Show More Summary

Fundamentalism, Feminism, and Other Curse Words: Teaching Controversy with Civility

Andrea L. Turpin Every semester I tell my history students the same bad joke: fundamentalism and feminism are actually a lot alike—they are both f-words that we hurl at our political enemies depending on which side of the spectrum we’re on. Show More Summary

5 Questions on Catholics and Suburanization with Stephen Koeth

Shane Ulbrich Stephen Koeth, C.S.C. [This month's Cushwa post features an interview by Shane Ulbrich with Research Travel Grant recipient Stephen Koeth, C.S.C., about his work on the postwar suburbanization of American Catholics. Stephen, a Holy Cross priest, is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. Show More Summary

The Recurrent Reinhold Niebuhr

Elesha Coffman Apologies for the repost, but I thought that a pair of articles at Christianity Today might be of interest to readers of this blog as well. In the main piece, Steven Weitzman describes "The Theology Beneath the Trump-Comey...Show More Summary

Of "Of Gods And Games"

Paul Putz There is only one rule when reviewing sport history books in a forum that is not focused primarily on sports: you must use a sports metaphor or allusion at some point. Allow me to check that box right off the bat (and no, that last phrase doesn't count): William J. Show More Summary

Teaching _The First Thanksgiving_

Jonathan Den HartogThe semester is winding down--there's just a stack of blue books in front of me, along with a few random essays and an independent study project. I almost begin to believe there is a summer break within reach.At this...Show More Summary

The Reformation as a Psychological Event: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Erich Fromm

The new release tables at Hodges Figgis – a three-story bookstore in downtown Dublin – greet frequent shoppers like me with a spate of fresh books on Luther, Reformation historiography, Calvin, and the Counter Reformation. As we mark...Show More Summary

New Books in American Religious History: 2017 Year in Preview, Part Two (May-August)

Paul PutzIt's time for part two of the 2017 book preview list! This one will cover books published from May through August. (If you missed part one check it out here). Shout out to Hunter Hampton, who culled through the university press...Show More Summary

CFP: Religion and Politics in Early America & A Recent H-Diplo Roundtable of Interest

Lauren Turek This past month, I have come across two pieces of information that may be of interest to the readers of this blog. The first is a call for papers from the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, which is holding a conference next year on Religion and Politics in Early America. Show More Summary

Taking Classes to the Archives

Emily Suzanne ClarkReaders of the blog might remember that I like to post about teaching. A big part of my teaching is primary sources and that increasingly includes archives. I first blogged about taking a class into the Jesuit archives back in November 2015, shortly after having my American Christianities class work in the archives. Show More Summary

Five Questions with Eladio Bobadilla on Immigration and Catholic History

Catherine R. Osborne (for the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame) Eladio Bobadilla Eladio Bobadilla is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. History at Duke University. His dissertation is entitled "'One...Show More Summary

Fun with Polygamy, or, "A House Full of Females" & the Benefits of Teaching Mormon History

Andrea L. TurpinI love Mormon history. I have found a way to work it into literally all the courses I have ever taught. I am neither a Mormon nor a historian of Mormonism, but I've discovered that teaching the history of the Church of...Show More Summary

Crossing Parish Boundaries: An Interview with Tim Neary

By Karen Johnson Tim Neary's recent book Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954 traces the decades of interracial contact between Chicago's youth in Bishop Bernard Sheil's Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Show More Summary

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