Form/Huber Colloquia Series: Dr. Melissa J. Wilde

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Dr. Wilde
December 4, 2020
12:30PM - 1:45PM
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Zoom; Details Below

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Add to Calendar 2020-12-04 12:30:00 2020-12-04 13:45:00 Form/Huber Colloquia Series: Dr. Melissa J. Wilde Please join us as we host Dr. Melissa J. Wilde Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania for the third virtual Form Huber Colloquium on Friday December 4th, 2020 from 12:30p-1:45pm. Dr. Wilde's title and abstract are below. Title: Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American Religion Abstract: Conservative and progressive religious groups fiercely disagree about issues of sex and gender. But how did we get here? Melissa J. Wilde shows how today’s modern divisions began in the 1930s in the public battles over birth control and not for the reasons we might expect. By examining thirty of America’s most prominent religious groups—from Mormons to Methodists, Southern Baptists to Seventh Day Adventists, and many others—Wilde contends that fights over birth control had little do with sex, women’s rights, or privacy. Using a veritable treasure trove of data, including census and archival materials and more than 10,000 articles, statements, and sermons from religious and secular periodicals, Wilde demonstrates that the push to liberalize positions on contraception was tied to complex views of race, immigration, and manifest destiny among America’s most prominent religious groups. Taking us from the Depression era, when support for the eugenics movement saw birth control as an act of duty for less desirable groups, to the 1960s, by which time most groups had forgotten the reasons behind their stances on contraception (but not the concerns driving them), Birth Control Battles explains how reproductive politics divided American religion. In doing so, this book shows the enduring importance of race and class for American religion as it rewrites our understanding of what it has meant to be progressive or conservative in America. Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 912 8716 8156 Password: 434599 OR  Dial by your location         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)         +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)         +1 651 372 8299 US (St. Paul)         +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)         +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)         +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Zoom; Details Below Sociology sociology-info@osu.edu America/New_York public
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Please join us as we host Dr. Melissa J. Wilde Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania for the third virtual Form Huber Colloquium on Friday December 4th, 2020 from 12:30p-1:45pm. Dr. Wilde's title and abstract are below.

Title: Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American Religion

Abstract: Conservative and progressive religious groups fiercely disagree about issues of sex and gender. But how did we get here? Melissa J. Wilde shows how today’s modern divisions began in the 1930s in the public battles over birth control and not for the reasons we might expect. By examining thirty of America’s most prominent religious groups—from Mormons to Methodists, Southern Baptists to Seventh Day Adventists, and many others—Wilde contends that fights over birth control had little do with sex, women’s rights, or privacy.

Using a veritable treasure trove of data, including census and archival materials and more than 10,000 articles, statements, and sermons from religious and secular periodicals, Wilde demonstrates that the push to liberalize positions on contraception was tied to complex views of race, immigration, and manifest destiny among America’s most prominent religious groups. Taking us from the Depression era, when support for the eugenics movement saw birth control as an act of duty for less desirable groups, to the 1960s, by which time most groups had forgotten the reasons behind their stances on contraception (but not the concerns driving them), Birth Control Battles explains how reproductive politics divided American religion. In doing so, this book shows the enduring importance of race and class for American religion as it rewrites our understanding of what it has meant to be progressive or conservative in America.

Birth Control Battles book cover, light green with a black cross and white woman symbol overlapping

Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 912 8716 8156
Password: 434599

OR 

Dial by your location

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

        +1 651 372 8299 US (St. Paul)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)