Diana Eck to Speak at the Newberry

Diana Eck to Speak at the Newberry

Things are really ramping up here at the Scholl Center. Our NEH Summer Institute “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955” kicks off in a couple of weeks, as does the Center’s ongoing NEH Bridging Cultures at Community College project “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America.” As a part of the “Out of Many” project, the Scholl Center is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a public lecture by one of the project’s visiting scholars.

One Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6 pm in the Newberry’s Ruggles Hall, Prof. Diana Eck, a Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Havard Divinity School and founding Director of Harvard’s Pluralism Project, will give a public lecture.The talk will be based on her renowned text, “A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation.” As Prof. Eck claims in this pathbreaking work, “The United states is the most religiously diverse nation in the world.” After the Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated the quotas linking immigration to national origins, diverse peoples from across the globe have come to call America home. But this new religious diversity is not just a national phenomenon, it is also a Main Street phenomenon. Many Americans remain unaware of the profound change taking place at every level of our society, from local school boards to Congress, and in small-town Nebraska as well as New York City. How Americans of all faiths and beliefs can engage with one another to shape a positive pluralism is one of the essential questions – perhaps the most important question – facing American society. While race has been the dominant American social issue in the past century, religious diversity in our civil and neighborly lives is emerging, mostly unseen, as the great challenge of the twenty-first century.

Join us as Prof. Eck analyzes these developments. Prof. Eck will discuss not only her book, but also her ongoing efforts to promote a broader understanding of America with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, a project she launched in 1990.

Prof. Eck’s talk is free and open to the public, and requires no advanced registration.

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