The modern faith of Margaret Mead: A conversation with Elesha Coffman

Author: Cushwa Center

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In spring 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of several Cushwa Center events, including a planned lecture on what was, at that time, a forthcoming book. While elapsed time and other factors required some alterations to format, after 18 months the center welcomed Professor Elesha Coffman (Baylor University) to campus to join the center's Seminar in American Religion and also to discuss her now-published book, Margaret Mead: A Twentieth-Century Faith (Oxford University Press, 2021). On the afternoon of Saturday, October 9, 2021, Cushwa Center postdoctoral research associate Philip Byers sat down with Coffman for a conversation about Margaret Mead, the cultural contexts that helped shape her approach to Christianity, and the merits of the genre of biography. Video of their conversation is viewable through the Cushwa Center's YouTube channel.