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Interfaith Families in December: a conversation with Samira Mehta

Join Religious Studies professor, and bookstore neighbor, Samira Mehta for an afternoon discussion on how interfaith families navigate December holidays. Bring your questions, suggestions, frustrations, and inspirations!

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Samira K. Mehta is a Swarthmore alum with a Master of Divinity from Harvard and Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University. She’s an assistant professor of religious studies at Albright College. Her book "Beyond Chrismukkah" is an eye-opening look at the portrayal of interfaith families across American culture since the mid-twentieth century ranges from popular TV shows, holiday cards, and humorous guides to “Chrismukkah” to children’s books, young adult fiction, and religious and secular advice manuals.

Mehta argues that the emergence of multiculturalism helped generate new terms by which interfaith families felt empowered to shape their lived religious practices in ways and degrees previously unknown. They began to intertwine their religious identities without compromising their social standing. This rich portrait of families living diverse religions together at home advances the understanding of how religion functions in American society today.

Earlier Event: December 1
Story Time with Sarah Claxton
Later Event: December 7
Pre-shabbat Story Time