April 23 – Susan Harding: “Secular Trouble: Anthropology, Public Schools, and De/regulating Religion in late 20th Century America”

April 23 – Susan Harding: “Secular Trouble: Anthropology, Public Schools, and De/regulating Religion in late 20th Century America”

Susan Harding’s recent work explores the nexus of secularism, Christian revivalism, Civil Rights, and decolonialization as they imploded in the controversy over a federally funded elementary school curriculum in Anthropology. She reads the curriculum as a national secularizing project that triggered Christian efforts to regulate secularism.

Susan Harding is Professor of Anthropology at UCSC.