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 September 3, 2017

Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics will host on March 5, 2018 a talk with Udi Greenberg, Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College. His talk will explore the recent scholarly critique of religious freedom. Over the last decade or so, there has been a surge in left-leaning critique of religious liberty (essentially claiming it is a highly problematic and often oppressive concept). Much of this work has drawn on provocative Christian theologians, who have articulated similar ideas. His work looks at the process of this intellectual convergence, its values and limits, and what their implications for contemporary political theory could be.

Monday, March 5
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room,
West Duke Building, room 101

Udi Greenberg is an historian of Modern European thought, especially Europe’s engagement with the wider world.  His studies and teachings have concentrated on modern European history, political institution building, and religious thought. His first book, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014), uncovers the intellectual, political, and institutional forces that shaped Germany’s reconstruction after World War II and the broader ideological genesis of the Cold War. By tracing the careers of influential German émigrés of diverse theoretical and political backgrounds, it claims that political ideas from Weimar Germany (1918-1933) were fundamental in molding the postwar order in Europe and the construction of American global hegemony. It was awarded the Council of European Studies’ 2016 Book Prize (for best first book in European studies published in 2014-2015). Greenberg is currently working on a second book-length project, tentatively titled From “Enemies of the Cross” to “Brethren in Faith”: Global Politics and the End of Europe’s Protestant-Catholic War, 1885-1965.

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