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Film, Video Writing the Story of America's Religious Origins

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  • Writing the Story of America's Religious Origins


  • The John W. Kluge Center and the American Academy of Religion presented panel discussions on America's religious origins and on international religious freedom at the Library of Congress. The first panel, "Writing the Story of America's Religious Origins," was cosponsored by the National History Center. Participants included Susan Jacoby, Mark Noll, Steve R. Prothero and Jonathan D. Sarna. Catherine L. Albanese presided. The second panel, "Legislating International Religious Freedom" was cosponsored by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Participants included Tom Farr, Allen D. Hertzke, Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. Timothy S. Shah presided. The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the world's largest association of scholars who research or teach topics related to religion. The 2006 AAR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 18 to 21, included hundreds of forums. The National History Center promotes the study and teaching of all fields of history, as well as the advancement of historical knowledge in government, business and the public at large. The center provides the historical context necessary to better understand today's events. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life delivers timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs; it also serves as a neutral venue for discussions of these matters. The forum is a project of the Pew Research Center.

Event Date

  • November 20, 2006


  • -  Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, is the author of "American Judaism: A History."
  • -  Steve Prothero, chairman of the Department of Religion and director of the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University, is the author of "American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon."
  • -  Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of "America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln."
  • -  Susan Jacoby is the author of "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism."

Running Time

  • 1 hours 59 minutes 40 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image

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