I’ll be presenting at the University of Missouri-Columbia this Friday (2/20). The paper I’ll be presenting is “John Jay’s Retirement and the Ends of Federalism.” The event will be held at 3:30 PM in Read Hall, Room 304. I’m grateful to be hosted by the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.
The description of the event is here.
The event is public, so if you are in the central Missouri area, please feel free to join us!
It’s that time again when my browser is overburdened with tabs.
Here are a few things that have been of interest to me, of late:
First, last week I waded into the intersection of Pop Culture (Katy Perry) and Early American History (the Illuminati!).
Some Friday Humor–The Founding Fathers are dropped into an American Mall.
Hot Chocolate as a truly American drink. This gives me great comfort as I’m downing hot chocolate in the midst of a Minnesota winter. It also brings to mind the spiced hot chocolate served at Colonial Williamsburg.
On a much more serious note, Rod Dreher wrote some provocative things.
Peter Lawler on the flaws of Scott Walker’s opinion of higher education.
On the griefs that made T.S. Eliot into a real poet.
Churches in Silicon Valley.
Do you miss playing the Oregon Trail or Carmen Sandiego?
And, let’s not forget the obligatory Patriotism and Piety link.
Today I’ll have an opportunity to talk to fellow faculty at my institution, Northwestern, about my blogging endeavors. I’m looking forward to talking about the reasons for my blogging, the ties between blogging and scholarship, and some practical considerations. Since I’ll be presenting with my colleague Keith Jones, I have no doubt it will be rollicking time.
However, if all else fails, I’ll be keeping this Monty Python sketch of Philosophers Playing Football (i.e., Soccer) handy:
This has been a great week for getting the word out about Patriotism and Piety.
The week launched with my Research on Religion Podcast with Tony Gill. I’m still really pleased with how that interview went.
That interview also got a lot of traction around the web.
John Fea saw it and linked to it that same day.
Then, on Wednesday, the interview was picked up by RealClearReligion (Wednesday Morning, 1/28), a big aggregator of Religious News Stories.
Then, Friday, the Pietist Schoolman Chris Gehrz linked to it in his web round-up (with the cover image!).
I consider that good coverage!
Today, my web interview with the Historical Horizons Blog, hosted by Calvin College went live. The interview, hosted by Professor Kristin Du Mez was designed to be short and to the point. We hope it generates interest so that people will pick up the book.
Oh, and speaking of that, feel free to pick up the book!
Continuing the theme of interviews, last week I recorded a great interview with Anthony Gill. Tony is a professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and a fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. Prof. Gill’s really outstanding initiative is the “Research on Religion” podcast. I had done interviews with Tony before on John Jay and Christians in the American Revolution. This time, we got to talk about Patriotism and Piety. I thought the interview went really well and did a lot to get into the contents of the book. If you like to listen to podcasts, this will be a great way to spend an hour of your day.
Thanks for listening!
Messiah College Historian John Fea runs a regular feature on his “Way of Improvement Blog” with newly-published authors called “The Author’s Corner.” Today, I was able to come into “The Author’s Corner.” The interview has gone live today.
So, head over to his website and check it out!
Then, click through his link or mine, to buy the book.
Apparently we sold out Amazon’s initial stock. Thanks! They will have restocked by next week.
Many books carry on their covers “blurbs,” or recommendations from other authors and authorities. This is a way of signaling to readers “Look at this book!” or “This is important!” The choices of who will offer blurbs and what those blurbs will say carries a lot of weight.
It’s for that reason that I was incredibly pleased with the two scholars who offered blurbs for Patriotism and Piety.
The first was Mark Noll. Noll is the McAnaney Chair in History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll is the most prolific historian of American Religion in his generation. He has written extensively, producing many important works, including The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, and America’s God. Noll’s scholarship has strongly influenced my own. As a leader in the field, it matters when Noll writes:
With diligent research, the author provides unusually detailed support for his contentions about the religious and political convictions of his subjects, as well as for their networking with other Federalists and competition with Jeffersonians. The result is a convincing study that demonstrates how significantly religion factored in the history of the Federalist Party and how important religious Federalists were for propelling the voluntary style of social organization that influenced the nation so significantly in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The second blurb comes from Thomas Kidd, who is a professor of history at Baylor University and the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion at Baylor. Kidd is quickly building his own resume as a prolific historian, with histories of the First Great Awakening, Religion in the American Revolution, and just this past year, a biography of George Whitefield. Thus, it’s also a great compliment for Kidd to write:
Patriotism and Piety represents a much-needed addition to the political and religious history of the period. Comprehensive and authoritative, this book is clearly based on immense archival reading and research and will have a long-lasting influence on our view of an understudied topic.
So, don’t just take my word for it–listen to Mark Noll and Thomas Kidd and pick up Patriotism and Piety today!