Newberry Library Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar, May 4, 2018

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April 12, 2018 to May 7, 2018
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, American History / Studies, World History / Studies

(un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II

Matthew Sutton, Washington State University


Sutton’s research project analyzes the work of missionaries, missionary executives, and priests who went to work as spies for the Office of Strategic Services (which later evolved into the CIA) during World War II. Without necessarily anticipating the long-term consequences of their actions, these covert agents crafted new and important relationships for the United States with Mecca, the Vatican, and Zion, which profoundly shaped the trajectory of American involvement with the rest of the world in the decades after the war.

Respondent: Chris Cantwell, University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee

Newberry Library, Friday, May 4, 2018 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Contact Info: 

Mary Kennedy, Newberry Library