Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas, February 4, 2022

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The Pill and the Family in Tri-Faith, Cold War America, 

Samira Mehta, University of Colorado-Boulder


Friday, February 4, 2022

3:00-5:00 pm Central Time

Held Virtually via Zoom / Register for link


In this talk, which will ultimately be the second chapter of Mehta’s book God Bless the Pill: Contraception and Sexuality in Tri-Faith America, Mehta explores the responses of the Protestant Mainline, non-Orthodox Judaism, and some lay Catholics and parish priests to the development of the birth control pill. She traces the development of a definition of responsible parenthood, that both pushed against state sanctioned eugenics at the same time that it upheld a distinctly “Judeo-Christian” and white supremacist set of expectations for American family life.


Respondent: Elesha Coffman, Baylor University


This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, click here. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.