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James Chappel: Sex, Capitalism, and the Making of Modern Catholicism

Date of Lecture: February 19, 2020

James ChappelAbout the Speaker: James Chappel is Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History at Duke University where he specializes in the intellectual history of modern Europe, focusing on themes of religion, welfare, and the family. He is author of "Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church" (Harvard University Press, 2018).

About the Talk: Professor Chappel describes the transformation of the Catholic Church in the 20th century. In 1900, the Church stood squarely against everything we might call "modern": democracy, women's rights, and so on. By 2000, this had almost entirely changed. How did this happen, and why? The answer involves sex, economic depression, fascism, Communism, and war.

His talk is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.