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Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America

October 10, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Building 200, Room 307

Free and Open to the Public

Lunch Provided (RSVP -

David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History (emeritus) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Between the 1890's and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world.  They expected to change the people they encountered, but hose foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries.  Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.  When they returned home, they brought new liberal values back to their own society.  Protestants Abroad reveal the untold story of how these missionary-connected individuals left an enduring mark on American public life as writers, diplomats, academics church officials, publishers, foundation executives, and social activists.

Discussants are Professor James Campbell (History) and Professor Brett Sockness (Religious Studies). 



Event Sponsor: 
Department of History and Bay Area Consortium for the History of Ideas in America
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