History department Professor Greg Smoak is the 2020-22 is names the 2020-22 President of the National Council on Public History. The NCPH inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of practitioners in putting history to work in the world by building community.
"In 1995, Yale University Press published Material Christianity, Colleen McDannell's volume has become a standard on American Religion and Religion and Popular Culture reading lists to this day and continues to be a book that all scholars of religion and popular culture must deal with." - American Academy of Religion.
At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, the Religion and Popular Culture Unit will hold an investigation into Material Christianity's legacy in religion and popular culture studies and inquire as to how to build upon the book today.
**Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas with no virtual component.