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RELIGST 16N: Stop the Steal: January 6 as a Case Study in American Religion and Politics

Meet the Instructor | General Education Requirements

Course Description

This course will examine the historic January 6 Stop the Steal Rally and its violent aftermath as a case to better understand the fraught relationship between religion and politics in American life.  The course will employ historical and contemporary analysis to explore several questions, including: What is religion? What is the relationship between religion and politics in America? Should religion have anything to do with politics? Should politics influence religion? Should religion have a place in the public sphere? Do politics have a place in faith communities? And what is the relationship to religion, politics, and media? In the end, the course will provide students with a better understanding of January 6, the long history of religion and politics in America, and the importance of civil debate in American life.

General Education Requirements

Meet the Instructor

Lerone A. Martin

Lerone Martin

"My name is Dr. Lerone A. Martin. I was born and raised in small town Ohio. I am the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor in Religious Studies and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. My award winning research has been supported by a number of nationally recognized fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, The Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation), and the Templeton Religion Trust. I am currently finishing a book on the historical relationship between religion and the FBI."