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Yale professor presents "God in Gotham" March 28 at Dordt

March 18, 2011

Jon Butler, the Howard R. Lamar Professor of American studies, history, and religious studies at Yale University, will be presenting “God in Gotham,” a lecture at Dordt College on Monday, March 28. This free event will be held in science and technology building room SB101 at 7:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

“God in Gotham” examines religion in 20th-century Manhattan, a city often described as the capital of American secularism but where religion proved resilient throughout the century. The lecture distills themes Butler is developing in a book of the same title he is writing for Harvard University Press.

His previous books include Awash in a Sea of Faith (1990), Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776 (2000), and Religion in American Life: A Short History (2007), co-authored with Grant Wacker (Duke University) and Randall Balmer (Columbia University).

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Butler has served as the chairman of Yale’s American Studies Program and Department of History and Dean of Graduate School and currently is the acting university librarian. In 2010 he received Yale's principal undergraduate teaching award, the Byrnes-Sewall Prize for Teaching Excellence in Yale College, and the Edward Bouchet Leadership Award for Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Butler grew up in rural western Minnesota, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 2006.

This event is sponsored by Dordt College’s co-curricular committee, history department, theology department, and Northwestern College’s history department.

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