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Pop-Up Event: Researching Religion in the Collections of the Boston Athenæum and the Congregational Library & Archives

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (New York: American Tract Society, c.1849). Library Company of Philadelphia.
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (New York: American Tract Society, c.1849). Library Company of Philadelphia.

Join Sonia Hazard, who holds a joint research fellowship with the Congregational Library & Archives and the Boston Athenæum, for a report on her current research at both institutions. Hazard works on the popular reception of evangelical print media in the antebellum United States, specifically the cultural impact of the American Tract Society, the biggest religious publisher in the country during that period. She is especially interested in recovering unorthodox modes of reception beyond "reading." In her talk, Hazard will describe her project and discuss materials she has found and used in the collections of the ACA's Congregational Library & Archives and the Boston Athenæum.

Sonia Hazard has just completed her PhD in religion at Duke University with support of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in the material culture of American religions, with secondary fields in visual studies and critical theory. Hazard recently successfully defended her dissertation, "The American Tract Society and the Materiality of Print in Antebellum America," which examines the proliferation of religious print media in the United States from 1825 to 1860. Hazard also holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on the history of Christianity, and a BA from Macalester College in religious studies and art history.

This event will be held at the Congregational Library & Archives located on the second floor of 14 Beacon Street, Boston.