Exploring White Nationalism, Christian Nationalism, and White Supremacy: A Lunchtime Discussion Series

White nationalism, Christian nationalism, and White supremacy are often represented as “extremist” views perpetrated by radical fringes of US society. In this series, we seek to challenge that view by exploring “mainstream” manifestations of these perspectives and what those representations suggest about how we might understand our current social and political polarization. 

All members of the Harvard community are invited to participate in this luncheon series. The methodological assumptions about religion that form the foundation for the series are the same ones that form the foundation for the Religious Literacy Project. All participants are asked to read Diane L. Moore, “Methodological Assumptions and Analytical Frameworks Regarding Religion” The Religious Literacy Project, 2017 (7pp). 

In addition to the method paper, short readings are assigned for each session and participants are asked to read selections ahead of time and to come prepared to discuss them with others in attendance. A member of the faculty will facilitate each session. Lunch will be provided and students, staff, and faculty are all warmly invited to attend individual sessions or the series as a whole.

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Session One: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots
Thursday, April 11, 11:45-1: CSWR Common Room


Reading
Adam Serwer, “White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots” published in The Atlantic, April, 2019.

Facilitator
Catherine Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America

Guest
Adam Serwer, Journalist and 2019 Spring Shorenstein Fellow

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Session Two: Baptizing Uncle Sam: Tracing the Origins of Christian Nationalism
Thursday, April 18, 11:45-1: CSWR Common Room


Reading
Daniel K. Williams: “Baptizing Uncle Sam: Tracing the Origins of Christian Nationalism” in Reviews in American History, v44, n3, September 2016, pp. 391-399 (review).

Facilitator
Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer

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Session Three: White Supremacy and Christianity in the United States
Thursday, April 25, 11:45-1: CSWR Common Room


Readings
Jeannine Hill-Fletcher (Th.D. ’01): Excerpts from The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America, Orbis, 2017.

Jack Downey: “A History of Evil” in America, March 19, 2018. (Review of The Sin of White Supremacy.)

Facilitator
Diane L. Moore, Senior Scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace, and Founding Director of the Religious Literacy Project

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This series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions and the Religious Literacy Project, and curated by Diane L. Moore, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions and Founding Director of the Religious Literacy Project.