Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American Religion
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Get a glimpse into the innovative and impactful research taking place at Penn Arts & Sciences at the Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafes. The lecture series is free and open to the public and takes place in Center City at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
Conservative and progressive religious groups fiercely disagree about issues of sex and gender. But how did we get here? In this talk, 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.
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Since 2005, expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania have shed a light on their research at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. Audience members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from the cafe at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre to enjoy as they learn from the top experts in various fields. Each lecture will provide an opportunity for audience Q&A.