American Mosaic Project Mini-Conference

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

October 23, 2020

Event Information

The American Mosaic Project and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities department of sociology present "Raced Religion and Social Solidarity," a virtual mini-conference. Exploring the relationship between religion, race, politics, and civil society, this event draws together a diverse panel of scholars from institutions across the United States. Date and time: 23 October 2020, 10:45-2:15 PM. Registration (link below) is free but required; once registered, attendees will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting.

BAM 2019 Report

The American Mosaic Project's most recent report, based on "Wave 2.5" of the Boundaries of the American Mosaic survey, can be accessed here.


(All Times are Central Time)

10:45 AM-11:00 AM

Opening Comments: Douglas Hartmann

11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Session 1: Religion, Civil Society, and Solidarity


Rhys Williams, Loyola University Chicago - on "Assuming Whiteness in Twentieth-Century American Religion" in Religion is Raced

Omar McRoberts, University of Chicago - on "Civil Religion and Black Church Political Mobilization " in Religion is Raced

Philip Gorski, Yale University - on the distinctions between religious nationalism and civil religion

Sikivu Hutchinson, Author, playwright, director - on "Intersectional Politics among Atheists and Humanists of Color" in Religion is Raced

Discussants: Penny Edgell (University of Minnesota) and Grace Yukich (Quinnipiac University), editors, Religion is Raced

Click here for more information on Religion is Raced, NYU Press

1:00 PM-2:15 PM

Session 2: Race, Religion, and National Identity in the United States


Joseph Gerteis, University of Minnesota - anti-Muslim sentiment and overlapping forms of "otherness"

Andrew Whitehead (IUPUI) and Samuel Perry (University of Oklahoma) - on the overlaps of white- and Christian-nationalism

Ruth Braunstein, University of Connecticut - on religion and national narratives on the left and right

Discussant: Eric McDaniel, University of Texas at Austin

The American Mosaic Project at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studies what brings Americans together, what divides us, and the implications of our diversity for our political and civic life. We are most concerned with how Americans themselves understand the nature and consequences of diversity for their own lives and for our society as a whole. Click here for more information.