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2019 Humanities Horizons : Irish Slaves in America

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Annual Humanities Horizons Lecture 2019 will be delivered by Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies.

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Irish Slaves in America: Myths, History, and the problems of Social Media

Stories of Irish slavery on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms abound as both history and conspiracy theories that obscure the actual history of Irish indentured servitude and Black chattel slavery in America. These readings of history promoted by conspiracy theorists on social media platforms serve another purpose: to support white nationalist beliefs, oppose immigration, and even to denigrate religious traditions. For scholars not attuned to these conspiracy theories, these are trying times that put the teaching of history in tension with students, colleagues, religious institutions, and the state. Professor Butler's lecture will engage these urgent issues, paying special attention to the relationship between Ireland and America on race, immigration, and religion, both past and present.

About Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Graduate chair of Religious Studies. A historian of African American and American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing African American religion and history, politics, religion and gender, sexuality, media, and popular culture. She is the author of and Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World published by The University of North Carolina Press. Her current projects include a book on race, politics, and evangelicals in the late 20th century, and a book on reading, material religion and race in the early 20th century for UNC Press. Professor Butler was awarded a Luce/ACLS Fellowship for the Religion, Journalism and International Affairs grant for 2018-2019 academic year to investigate Prosperity gospel and politics in the American and Nigerian context. She has also been appointed as a Presidential fellow at Yale Divinity School for the 2019-2020 academic year.

A sought-after commentator on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, The History Channel and PBS, Professor Butler regularly writes opinion pieces covering religion, race, politics and popular culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huff Po, NBC, and The Guardian. She has also served as a consultant to the PBS series God in America and the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson and is currently serving as a consultant for forthcoming series on Evangelicalism and the Black Church for PBS.

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