9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Religion and politics are two topics we’re told to avoid in discussions with polite company, but they’ve been central in the shaping of American culture. In this seminar, participants will focus on the history of Protestant fundamentalism, accounting not only its origins but also its enduring infliuence in American life. Through a variety of print and digital primary sources, we’ll consider how evangelicalism and fundamentalism have both shaped and been shaped by American culture. Discussion will touch upon revivalism, radio, music, alcohol, and monkey trials, and thereby illustrate the complexity of American religious life and how it can be integrated into existing humanities curriculum to enhance, enliven, enrich classroom discussions.
Seminar led by Christopher Cantwell, Newberry Library
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium is a subscription program open to Chicago-area teachers.