“Nostalgia and the Making of America Envangelicalism”
Presenter: Christopher D. Cantwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor History & Religious Studies, UW-Milwaukee.
The 81% of evangelicals who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election have sent scholars of religion scrambling. How could a twice-divorced, foul-mouthed casino owner earn such support from a community that has long presented itself as the vanguard of America’s moral values?
An interpretation quickly gaining steam posits that Trump was successful in turning America’s “values voters” into “nostalgia voters,” with his promise to make America great again. But this evangelical longing for an imagined past has much deeper roots. Join Chris Cantwell as he discusses the rise of this evangelical nostalgia through the history of one of America’s most popular gospel hymns.
Host: Rod Depue
Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.