Out Of Many: Religious Pluralism in America
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The collections hosted here are the final product of a year-long project of the Newberry Library's Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture. Titled "Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America" and funded by a Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project brought a cohort of faculty to the library to design curricular resources that integrated the study of America's religious diversity into introductory courses across the humanities. In the summer of 2012, twenty community college faculty from six campuses across the country came to the Newberry to attend seminars with leading scholars in the field and conduct research in the library's collections. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, these faculty participated in a private group blog where they expanded upon the seminars and drafted their digital collections collected here. In the summer of 2013, the faculty returned to the Newberry along with sponsoring administrators to present the results of their work.

The collections presented here are the collective fruits of this productive labor. They provide educators everywhere with nearly seventy digitized sources from the Newberry's collections accompanied by contextual information and discussion questions. It is our hope that these collections provide secondary educators and college faculty a resource with which to integrate the study of America's religious diversity into their classrooms.

For information about using and citing the sources collected here, please see the Copyright and Permissions page.

For comments, corrections, and questions, please contact:

Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture
Newberry Library | 60 W. Walton St. | Chicago, IL 60610
scholl@newberry.org | (312) 255-3602 | @SchollCenter

This website is powered by Omeka and while built with funds from the NEH, any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH.

This project and other ongoing projects of the Scholl Center are also supported by the Dr. Scholl Foundation.

Project Directors and Curators

Christopher D. Cantwell, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
An assistant professor of public history and religious studies, Cantwell's research focuses on the relationship between Protestant evangelicalism, industrial capitalism, and collective memory. His work has appeared in International Labor and Working-Class HistoryFides et Historia, and he is currently co-editing a collection for the University of Illinois Press's Working Class in American History series titled Between the Pew and the Picket Line: Working-Class Christianities of the Industrial Age.

Daniel Greene, Northwestern University.
Daniel Greene is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and a guest curator with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the co-editor of Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (Chicago, 2013), a book accompanying a collaborative exhibition between the Newberry and Terra Foundation for American Art on view at the Newberry from 2013 to 2014. His first book, The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (Indiana, 2011) won the American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Prize in American Jewish history, 2011–12.

Participating Faculty

Kent E. Richter, Keith W. Krasemann, and Olfat El-Mallakh, College of DuPage.
Mark Norbeck, Patrick Pynes, and Carla Newman, El Paso Community College.
Michael Bradley and Marilyn Otroszko, Georgia Perimiter College.
John J. Cooney, Jeffrey Dodge, Joshua Phillippe, and Erik Woodworth, Ivy Tech Community College.
Steve Young, Judi Cameron, Timothy Seitz, and Jessica Whitcomb, McHenry County Community College.
Polly Hoover, Adrian Guiu, Sonia Czsazar, and Sheldon Liebman, Wilbur Wright Community College.

Editorial Advisors

Diana L. Eck, Harvard University.
Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago.
Aziz Huq, University of Chicago.
Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois-Chicago.
Tisa Wenger, Yale University.

Newberry Library Project Staff

Liesl Olson and Carmen Jaramillo, Scholl Center for American History and Culture.
Jennifer Thom, Adam Strohm, Anne Flannery, Catherine Gass, and John Powell, Digital Initiatives and Services.
Suzanne Morgan, Information Technology.