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April 18, 2006 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Yale historian, University of Chicago faculty speak on religion and violence in American culture

Historian Harry S. Stout, the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Christianity at Yale University, will speak on Monday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St. on religion and the Civil War. Stout is the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Brauer Seminar Visiting Fellow, a position that is this year devoted to the topic “Religion and Violence in American Culture.”

Stout is the author of several books on the American religious landscape, including his most recent endeavor Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War. When the nation tore itself apart during the Civil War, the North and South both marched under the banner of God. Yet the true moral aspects of this war have received little notice from historians of the period. Drawing on an array of letters, sermons, editorials, diaries and battle photographs, Stout has studied how men and women were ensnared in the time’s patriotic propaganda and ideological grip and how these wartime policies continue to echo in debates today.

Stout will engage in discussion on his newly published book with a panel of American religious historians at the University of Chicago, including Catherine Brekus, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity; Clark Gilpin, the Margaret E. Burton Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology; and Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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