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Upcoming Events:

November 2, 2017: Auglaize County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Bill will present his invited lecture, “Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics: The Ohio Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s” at the Auglaize County Historical Society’s annual meeting. The meeting will be held at 7pm at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center in Wapakoneta, OH.

November 18, 2017: American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Boston, MA

Our talk, “Museums and Public Understanding of Religion: Sacred Art, History, and Science on Display,” will be featured at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston, MA. The meeting, which runs November 18-21, 2017, is the largest annual convention for scholars in religious studies and theology. Registration is now open.

January 4-7. 2018: American Society of Church History Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Church History has invited us to present our paper, “Ark Encounter and Creation Museum: Political Enterprises in the Guise of Christian Apologetics,” at their annual Winter Meeting in Washington D.C. The conference theme, “Christianity and Political Order,” draws attention to such issues as the contested secularization of the public arena and the separation of ecclesiastical and civil realms. Registration is now open.

Recent News:

RACM Blog cited at Americans United for Separation of Church & State

Americans United cites the RACM Blog in their latest coverage of Ken Ham’s tax woes at Ark Encounter.

Righting America at the Creation Museum featured in the April, 2017 issue of Church & State.

Read our extended interview with Church & State, the magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church & State.

Excerpt from Righting America at the Creation Museum featured at Utne Reader.

Utne Reader has posted an excerpt of the Introduction to Righting America at the Creation Museum.

Righting America at the Creation Museum cited in Religion & Politics‘ latest report on Ark Encounter

Tim Townsend’s critique of Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum features commentary from Susan and Bill Trollinger about their book, Righting America at the Creation Museum.

Trollingers interviewed for Religion in American History blog 

Read Pete Cajka’s interview with Susan and Bill Trollinger about Righting America at the Creation Museum.

Trollingers featured in GQ‘s Review of Ark Encounter 

Jeff Vrabel calls on Bill and Sue in his hilarious, sharp review of Ark Encounter.

Book of the Week: Times Higher Education (UK)

Righting America at the Creation Museum has been selected as the Times Higher Education Book of the Week.

Update: Malamud’s review is also featured on the National Center for Science Education’s “What We’re Reading” blog.

Righting America featured in The Washington Post

Emily McFarlan Miller (Religious News Service) interviewed the Trollingers for her piece in The Washington Post (also appearing in The Columbus Dispatch and Colorado Springs Gazette)

The Friendly Atheist features extended excerpt from Righting America

In a recent post on creation science, Patheos.com’s blog The Friendly Atheist features an excerpt from Righting America at the Creation Museum.

Trollingers featured on WLWT 5 coverage of Ark Encounter’s Opening Day

Cincinnati’s news channel WLWT 5 covered opening day of the Ark Encounter, including an interview with Sue & Bill Trollinger.

More on The Amish and Ark Encounter

Lancaster Online article explores the Amish’s role in constructing Ark Encounter, with commentary from Bill & Sue Trollinger.

KUER/RadioWest interviews Sue and Bill Trollinger 

Doug Fabrizio welcomes the Trollingers to discuss Righting America at the Creation Museum for the hour-long RadioWest show on Wednesday, July 6th. Listen to the podcast here.

Trollingers interview in New York Times

Laurie Goodstein, national religion correspondent for The New York Times, interviews the Trollingers for her latest piece on the Ark Encounter. 

University of Dayton publishes press release for Righting America at the Creation Museum

Read it here.

Local Coverage of Righting America at the Creation Museum‘s release

Cox Media/CBS affiliate WHIO in Dayton, Ohio feature “UD Faculty Publish Book Examining Creation Museum

Dayton Daily News picked up the story as well.

AlterNet publishes an excerpt of the “Epilogue” from Righting America at the Creation Museum

The independent news site AlterNet excerpted the “Epilogue” from Righting America at the Creation Museum. Read it here.

Religion & Politics in North Carolina

Blogger Murray Forseter at HuffPost Religion discusses Righting America at the Creation Museum in his post about North Carolina’s “religious freedom” legislation and Pope Francis’ release of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

Previous Speaking Engagements

October 4-7, 2017: Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at the University of Dayton, OH

We presented our paper, “Feminist Rhetoric and the Hegemonic Struggle of Patriarchal Fundamentalism” at the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at our home institution, the University of Dayton. This 11th biennial meeting of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition focused on the theme of “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” examining the intersection between rhetorical practices and human rights activism.

August 19-21, 2017: American Atheists National Conference in North Charleston, NC

We presented “Righting America at the Creation Museum” at the American Atheists 2017 National Convention, which convened August 19-21, 2017. The convention, which focuses on intersections of science, space, technology, and atheism, took place at the North Charleston Marriott in North Charleston, North Carolina.

May 31, 2017: Sacred Rhetoric Conference at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, OH

On Wednesday, May 31st, we presented our paper, “Sacred Rhetoric Turned into Culture War at the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter” at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s Sacred Rhetoric ConferenceThe Sacred Rhetoric Confernece explores discourses of religion, both as it is depicted in various media formats and how religious practitioners discuss issues within confessional communities. Registration is due by May 1, 2017; the conference fee is $90 for faculty and community members, and $50 for graduate students.

April 23-May 21, 2017: “The Past and Present of American Fundamentalism at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, OH

We lead a 5-part seminar, “The Past and Present of American Fundamentalism,” as part of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton’s Adult Education Program. This seminar ran weekly from 11:20am – 12:15pm from Sunday, April 23rd through Sunday, May 21st.  

March 4-5, 2017: Creationism vs. Evolution Series at the First Baptist Church of Peoria, IL

On Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th the First Baptist Church of Peoria (IL) hosted us as guest speakers for their “Creationism vs. Evolution” learning series.  We presented “The Remarkable HIstory of Creationism in American Life,” on Saturday from 1 – 3pm and “Science, Bible, and Righting America at the Creation Museum” on Sunday from 11:15am – 12:30pm.