Dr. Stephen Prothero: Religious Literacy in an Age of Religious Nationalism
1340 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
2018 Friends of the Department of Religious Studies Speaker Dr. Stephen Prothero
Religious Literacy in an Age of Religious Nationalism
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and The Commons.
United States is one of the most religious nations on earth, yet
Americans know little about their own religions, and even less about the
religions of others. This is the starting point for Dr. Stephen
Prothero’s best-selling book, Religious Literacy: What Every American
Needs to Know – and Doesn’t, and for his upcoming FODORS lecture. In
this lecture, Prothero examines how our ignorance of religion imperils
our civic life by making it impossible for us to understand our own
country’s politics (which is increasingly dominated by religious
nationalism) and the international scene (where religion remains a major
influence). Prothero ends with an argument for the study of the Bible
and the world’s religions in high schools and for Religious Studies in
A reception with refreshments will follow the talk.
Stephen Prothero is the C. Allyn and Elizabeth V. Russell Professor of
Religion in America at Boston University. His most recent book,
Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections), was published by HarperOne in 2016. Prothero’s 2007 book, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — and Doesn’t, was a New York Times bestseller. He has been a commentator on every major news network and cable news program, including NPR, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Prothero has also written for the New York Times, USA Today, Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
He worked as a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National
Museum of American History, and as the chief outside writer for CNN’s
“Belief Blog”. Prothero received his BA from Yale in American studies
and his PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University
of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in
order to participate in this event, please contact Patricia Cecil, Department of Religious Studies by April 26th, 2018.