The Relevance of the Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Series featuring David Watt

Date: Monday, March 11, 2013
Time: 03:30 PM
Location: 205 Gorgas Library
Cost: free to public 

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Professor David Watt, Professor of History, Temple University will give a lecture titled, "Church-State Relations in the Contemporary United States" on Monday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. in 205 Gorgas library as part of The Relevance of the Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Watt will begin his lecture with a short analysis of Mullin v. Sussex County, a recent court case that concerned a legislative body's tradition of beginning each of its meetings with a recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Drawing on his experience as an expert witness in that case and the work of scholars such as Janet Jakobsen, Ann Pellegrini, and Winnifred Sullivan, Watt will present some broader reflections on Christian privilege, on the way that "the Judeo-Christian tradition" is deployed, and on what counts as "religious" in the contemporary United States. Watt's work as a professor of history at Temple University focuses on religion in the United States. His books include A Transforming Faith, Bible-Carrying Christians and Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (co-edited with Simon Wood).  Watt is currently completing a book called Anti-Fundamentalism: A Brief History.

Contact Info: Prof. Steven Ramey, (205) 348-5271,Website,

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