Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the interactions of racism and white American evangelicalism in American politics in a webinar on April 20 at 4 p.m.

The Virginia Tech event will be held in conjunction with the publication of her latest book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America.

Butler’s presentation, “Race, Politics, and Evangelicalism,” will take the form of an online conversation with Sylvester Johnson, founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities and a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of technology, race, religion, and national security.

In addition to her faculty position, Butler is interim chair of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a historian of African American and American religion, and her research and writing spans African American religion and history, race, politics, Evangelicalism, gender and sexuality, media, and popular culture.

She previously published Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. She is currently working on another book project, Reading Race: How Publishing Created a Lifeline for Black Baptists in Post Reconstruction America.

Butler currently serves as president elect of the American Society for Church History. She is also a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Historical Association, and the International Communications Association.

“Racism, Politics, and Evangelicalism” is part of “America, Race, and Democracy,” a Virginia Tech webinar series sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Destination Area.

Visit this link to register for the free webinar. Please note that the event is open only to those with a Virginia Tech email address.

Note: This event will not be recorded, at the speaker’s request.