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Guest Speakers

Meetings & Conferences

Guest Speakers

Hear scholars discuss their ongoing research, and join the discussion. Guest speaker events are held several times a semester on the IUPUI campus.

Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago

On October 14, 2015, Heath Carter discussed his new book, Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, at IUPUI in Room 268 of the Campus Center.

umade.jpegCarter is an assistant professor of history at Valparaiso University, where he teaches a variety of courses on the modern United States. He is the author of Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago (Oxford, 2015), and the co-editor of three other volumes: The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class, which is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press in March 2016; Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism, which will be published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in 2016; and A Documentary History of Religion in America, concise ed., which will also be published by Eerdmans in 2016.

He is a member of the 2014-2016 cohort of the Young Scholars in American Religion and is currently the University Research Professor at Valparaiso University, an appointment that comes with a research leave to begin his next book project, a new history of the Social Gospel in American Life.

Yoga, Consumer Culture, and American Values

Dr. Andrea Jain spoke on "Yoga, Consumer Culture, and American Values: The U.S. as a Yoga Market Hot Spot," on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. The event was held on the IUPUI campus in Lecture Hall 105, 325 University Blvd.

Dr. Jain is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and author of Jain.jpegSelling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is also a co-author of Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms (by Jeffrey J. Kripal et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). Her research is concerned with the history of yoga and especially its modern constructions and global popularization. Her recent work on yoga includes articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Nova Religio, as well as a chapter in Gurus of Modern Yoga (edited by Ellen Goldberg and Mark Singleton, Oxford University Press, 2014). She is a regular contributor to Religion Dispatches on topics relating to yoga in contemporary culture.