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September 2017

Thursday, September 14 | 4:30-6:00pm

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Connecticut

In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Both groups also shared the contention that religion (and God) are necessary to the functioning of American society. Yet in the course of their efforts, participants in the two groups engaged in different kinds of religious and civil religious practices, emphasized different religious values, and valued different ways of engaging with religious others. In short, they had very different styles of putting their faith into action, which reflected different understandings of American democracy and citizenship. 

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

Sponsored by Center for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies and Department of Sociology and Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, UC Berkeley

October 2017

Thursday, October 19 | 4:00–5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

Respectable Radicals and The Euro-Nationalist International: Explaining Right-Wing Populist Alliances in the European Parliament

Duncan McDonnell, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Wildavsky Conference Room, ISSI, 2538 Channing Way

November 2017

Thursday, November 9 | 4:00-5:30pm 

CRWS Colloquia Series:

The Views of Populists: What Trump Voters’ Perspectives and Perceptions of Trump Voters Tell Us About U.S. Democracy

Katherine Cramer, Professor, Department of Political Science, andDirector, Morgridge Center for Public Service

with Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall), Berkeley Law

Co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, UC Berkeley 



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