Several project participants will participate in the annual meeting of the American
Academy of Religion in San Francisco, 22-25 November. Director James
Hudnut-Beumler will preside over a session on American religious life in the 1950s.
Scholar Marie Griffith and associate director Daniel Sack will present papers based on
their research for the Project at a session on "Eating Our Way to Eternity: Religion
and Food in American Christianity." Scholar David Watt will preside, and Robert Orsi
will respond to the papers.
The Project's advisory committee recently met in Atlanta for a day of
reflection and planning. R. Scott Appleby, E. Brooks Holifield, and Peter Williams shared
ideas with the staff on the scholars' proposals and on other ways of disseminating the
results of the Project's research.
The team of scholars will meet at the end of May to share samples of their work so far,
trading ideas and suggestions. This first of three planned annual retreats
will be in Key West, Florida.
The project staff is planning the first annual church leaders seminar
for this coming fall at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A mailing
should go out early this summer.
The project's web site has been well-received by scholars and other
visitors. A few journalists have even used it for research. Every month we add a new
object and a new document discovered by our scholars in their research. Recent objects
have included a preaching suit, a letter opener, and a parish house. The site will also
include works in progress as they are available. Visit us at http://www.materialreligion.org