On October 31, 2015, the Seminar in American Religion discussed Jason C. Bivins’ Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015). Bivins is professor of religious studies at North Carolina State University. Spirits Rejoice, his third monograph, challenges standard divisions between religion and the secular while examining jazz, race, and religious expression in U.S. history.
The fall 2015 Hibernian Lecture, held on September 11 in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, featured a presentation by Gillian O’Brien on the deadly underworld of late 19th-century Irish Chicago. O’Brien’s lecture, cosponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, was based on her book Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago, published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.