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From Aliens to the New Age: Alternative Spirituality and the American Counterculture

Wednesday March 13 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

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Join theology professor and author Matthew Bowman (The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill) in conversation with novelist and theologian Tara Isabella Burton (Self-Made: Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashians) for a wide-ranging salon about alien abduction, the New Age, and the countercultural roots of contemporary American spirituality.

Today fewer and fewer Americans than ever before identify as traditionally religious. But that doesn’t mean we’re a secular country. Join theology professor and writer Matthew Bowman, recently the author of The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill — an account of alleged alien abduction against the backdrop of the political and social history of the 1960’s — in conversation with Tara Isabella Burton for a wide-ranging conversation on aliens, conspiracy theories, alternative spirituality, the New Age, and the influence of the midcentury counterculture on contemporary religious and spiritual life.

Recommended Reading:

The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill: Alien Encounters, Civil Rights, and the New Age in America (Matthew Bowman)

Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World (Tara Isabella Burton)

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Wednesday March 13
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
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