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American Studies Lecture Series: Joshua Dubler

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Friday, January 31, 2014 3:00 PM

Dr. Joshua Dubler received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Princeton University, and is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at University of Rochester.

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Radical Prison Religion

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Radical Prison Religion, presented by Joshua Dubler is an American Studies Lecture Series sponsored by the University of New Mexico's American Studies Department and the Religious Studies Program. A new day of prisoners' collective action is dawning. From Guantanamo, to Georgia, to California, prisoners in American prisons have been standing together to protest the conditions of and the preconditions for their incarceration. Drawing on his new book, Down in the Chapel (2013), Joshua Dubler looks back to an earlier period-- between 1960 and 1980--when incarcerated Americans used religion to issue direct challenges to the fundamental legitimacy of the American nation state. What were the social, legal and administrative logics that made such politically-minded religious radicalism possible? What changed to make such religious radicalism impossible? And how might this past help us make sense of what's happening today? Dubler received his Ph.D. in religious studies from Princeton University, and is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at University of Rochester.

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