A lecture by Kathryn Gin Lum (Stanford) on her book Heathen: Religion and Race in American History (Harvard University Press, 2022). Americans used to believe that vast swaths of “heathens” populated the world. This talk asks what that view of the world entailed and shows its continuing repercussions on American ideas about race as a “heathen inheritance." Oberlin College’s Race and Religion Lecture Series seeks to expand dialogue about & promote curricular and scholarly explorations of the histories and present of race and religion in Oberlin, and Oberlin’s historical and contemporary connections to the world.
Sponsors: Africana Studies, Comparative American Studies, East Asian Studies, History, Public Humanities, Religion, Oberlin Shansi, Office of the President