Seminar in American Religion


Location: Webinar

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The spring 2021 Seminar in American Religion will feature Darren Dochuk's Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America (Basic Books, 2019). This webinar is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 20, 2021. 

Commentators for this seminar are Melani McAlister of George Washington University and Andrew Preston of Cambridge University.

Dochuk recently spoke with Peter Cajka about Anointed with Oil. Read the full interview at

This discussion has been rescheduled following postponement in April 2020. The webinar is free and open to all, but registration is required. 

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From the publisher:

Anointed with Oil places religion and oil at the center of American history. From the earliest discovery of oil in America during the Civil War, citizens saw oil as the nation’s special blessing and its peculiar burden, the source of its prophetic mission in the world. Over the century that followed and down to the present day, the oil industry fundamentally transformed American religion, business, and politics—boosting America’s ascent as the preeminent global power, giving shape to modern evangelical Christianity, fueling the rise of the Republican Right, and setting the terms for today’s political and environmental debates.