Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal – Mar. 11, 6 pm
The ideal of religious freedom is so often presented as a timeless and self-evident American ideal. But its history is far more complex and contested than such an exceptionalist narrative can allow. Tisa Wenger is an Associate Professor of American Religious History at Yale Divinity School and the author of two essential texts for understanding the history of the vibrant national discourse around religious freedom: Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal (2017) and We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom (2009). Come join Dr. Wenger to learn more about the ways that religious freedom talk relates to the evolving politics of race in US history.