Meet the Scholar Speakers: April 2013

Join Graduate Commons in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Walton & Dr. Matt Liebmann as our April Meet the Scholar speakers!


Image“Blessed are the Rich: The Roots of an American Gospel of Prosperity”

Dr. Jonathan Walton—April 9th @ Peabody Terrace Common Room





Social ethicist and scholar of American religions Jonathan L. Walton joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010 and was appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church beginning July 2012. His research addresses the intersections of religion, politics, and media culture. Drawing on British cultural studies, Walton explores the interrelationship between the media used by Christian evangelists and the theologies thereby conveyed. He argues for forms of theological innovation within the productions of religious broadcasting that are enabled—perhaps even generated—by the media that evangelists use, and he asks what the implications are for the study of evangelical Christianity when one attends to these particular forms of religious and theological performance. His first book, Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009), is an important intervention into the study of American religion, as it disrupts commonly held assumptions that associate evangelical broadcasting with white, conservative evangelical communities.


Image“The Other American Revolution: Archaeology & The Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680”

Dr. Matthew J. Liebmann–April 16th @ Akron East Common Room





Dr. Liebmann’s primary research focuses on the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., with a specialization in the contact period and the historic-era Pueblos of New Mexico. He is particularly interested in the changes to Indigenous life that occurred during the 17th century following the arrival of Europeans into the northern Rio Grande region. More generally, his research interests include the archaeology of colonialism; revitalization movements; the material culture of conversion and apostasy; archaeologies of resistance; postcolonial theory; and NAGPRA.  The main subject matter of Dr. Liebmann’s research has been the archaeology of the Pueblo Revolt era (1680-1700) in the Jemez Province of New Mexico. Over the past decade he has investigated the ways in which the Jemez people revitalized and memorialized their identities in the wake of the uprising of 1680. As a result, his research explores the materiality of revitalization movements, examining the instantiation of nativism and revivalism in the archaeological record.