Lecture: 'Religious Intolerance in America: A Historical Perspective'
November 2, 2016
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are on the rise. But is this an aberration? The idea that the United States is a stronghold of religious freedom and tolerance is central to our identity as a nation―and utterly at odds with the historical record.
Historian Peter Gottschalk traces the arc of American religious discrimination and shows that religious groups from Quakers and Pagans to Catholics, Jews, and Muslims have been subjected to similar patterns of persecution.
Gottschalk is author of “American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance” and “Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy.”
Presented by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in collaboration with two local NGOs: Critical Connections and the Karuna Center for Peacemaking. Cosponsored by the Muslim Students Association and UMass Hillel.
The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.