Christianity's American Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular

Tahera Tajbhai's picture
September 28, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

The Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City is proud to announce our the start of our 2022 - 2023 lecture series: CRITICAL HISTORY TODAY, featuring guest speaker Professor David Hollinger.

In this lecture, Professor Hollinger (UC Berkeley) discusses how and why Christianity — a variegated and often progressive force in the United States — has largely been captured by the most politically, culturally, and theologically reactionary Americans. 

David A. Hollinger is the Preston Hotchkis Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California. He is a former President of the Organization of American Historians and the author of many books, including Postethnic America (1995, 2000, and 2006), Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (1996), After Cloven Tongues of Fire (2013), and Protestants Abroad (2017).

This event is part of the Critical History Today lecture series. The themes of which build upon our shared commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and that promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences.

Presented by the Historical Studies department at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The New School for Social Research at The New School.

Cost and Location

This event is free with registration. Located at 65 West 11th Street - Wollman Hall, 5th Floor.


Event guests and visitors must provide proof of up-to-date vaccination, including a booster when eligible. The following protocols will be in place to ensure a safe and healthy experience for everyone:

  • Masks must be worn in concert and lecture venues where events are held. Masks are encouraged and optional elsewhere indoors.
  • The New School has partnered with CLEAR to utilize Health Pass, an online tool that safely and simply verifies proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For detailed instructions on downloading and using CLEAR, visit the “Events and Gatherings” section on our Access to Campus page. Specific questions about using the CLEAR Health Pass to attend an on-campus event can be directed to the event organizer.

To ensure expedited event check-in, event guests should set up a CLEAR Health Pass account with proof of vaccination prior to the event.

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Tahera Tajbhai, Senior Secretary

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