The Square | Episode 007 | Dr. Melani McAlister

In our most recent podcast, guest host Daryn Henry interviews Melani McAlister about her new book The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals. The two discuss the public significance of evangelicalism in the U.S., and how American evangelicals cannot be understood without attending to their global context.

McAlister is Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research focuses on the on the multiple “global visions” produced by and for Americans.

The Square | Episode 006 | Dr. Liz Bucar

In this edition of The Square, our senior fellow Liz Bucar talks with Jane Little about the sometimes fractious relationship between journalists and scholars, the #MeToo movement inside the academy, and how she’s learning from younger women academics on how to engage in scholarship that shifts the conversation.

The Square | Episode 005 | E.J. Dionne

In this special edition of The Square, E.J. Dionne talks with Jane Little and an audience of scholars about truth, patriotism, Donald Trump, and the “King Cyrus theology” that helped white evangelicals elect him.

E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, and Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

The Square | Episode 004 | Dr. Peter Mandaville

In this edition of The Square, Professor Peter Mandaville surveys the dramatic shifts in the Islamic world since 9/11, assesses whether Saudi Arabia is really changing its tune on religious extremism, and what, if anything, the U.S. should do to foster change.

Peter Mandaville is Professor of International Affairs at George Mason University and a former senior advisor to the U.S. State Department.

The Square | Episode 003 | Dr. R. Marie Griffith

Sex has played a uniquely powerful role in bringing religion and politics together, and many of us have asked why it has driven the so-called culture wars for so long and so passionately. Dr. R. Marie Griffith, our third guest on The Square, takes a deep dive into this phenomenon in her new book, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics.

Dr. Griffith is the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis where she is also Director the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

The Square | Episode 002 | Dr. Shaun Casey

Shaun Casey has shuttled easily between the worlds of God and Mammon. He can readily converse with church leaders, academics, and politicians; he spent four years establishing religion at the heart of American diplomacy in the Obama State Department. He’s now director of The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, as well as one of our senior fellows here at Religion and Its Publics.

In this episode of The Square, he says the demand for a deep understanding of public religion has never been stronger, and takes aim both at academics who exile themselves from public discourse as well as those who would use religion for political purposes.

The Square | Episode 001 | Dr. Luke Bretherton

Welcome to our podcast, The Square, from Religion and Its Publics. In this first episode, hear Professor of Theological Ethics, Luke Bretherton, tell Jane Little why the election of Donald Trump one year ago was theodicy in action, how he made the decision against entering UK politics, and what role religion has in forging a new kind of democratic citizenship.