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The 1960's and American religion: A shock, and two aftershocks.
Young people opting out of church in increasing numbers
How do you measure how religious someone is?
A challenge from the past: William Jennings Bryan - religiously conservative, economically liberal, and Putnam looks at the future of religion.
Robert Putnam is delivering the 2012 Governors Lecture in the Humanities. His previous book Bowling Alone was about civic engagement and social capital. His recent book, and the topic of the Governors Lecture, is American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites us (with co-author David Campbell). The book traces changes in religion, politics, and society after the 1960's, including the rise of the religious right and the increase in the number of people who have no church affiliation. Before his Nebraska appearance, he joined NET Radio's Jerry Johnston for a wide ranging interview.
The Governors Lecture in the Humanities is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council. The lecture is October 2nd at the Lied Center in Lincoln, and simulcast to locations all over Nebraska.