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The Public Life of Love

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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David Kyuman Kim
Connecticut College

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road


Abstract: Is it possible to recuperate love as a public value in the United States? How would it function in an era characterized by so much antagonism, even hatred? Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples as well as reflections on theology and politcal theory, David Kyuman Kim will speak about his book in progress, entitled The Public Life of Love.

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David Kyuman Kim is an associate professor of religious studies and American studies at Connecticut College, where he served as the College‚Äôs inaugural director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. He is also the editor-at-large of "The Immanent Frame," a blog on secularism, religion and public life run by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). From 2009-2012, he was senior advisor at the SSRC, and he has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics (2007); co-editor of the Stanford University Press series RaceReligion, with John L. Jackson Jr. and Rudy Busto; and co-editor of a special issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on race, religion and late democracy. His current book project is The Public Life of Love, an examination of the status of love in politics, public life, religion and the arts. He earned his B.A. in History and Theology from the University of Rochester, and his M.Div and Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School.

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