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4 – 6PM  Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Arts and Humanities Book Talk: Consuming Religion, by Kathryn Lofton

What are you drawn to like, to watch, or even to binge? What are you free to consume, and what do you become through consumption? These questions of desire and value, Kathryn Lofton argues, are questions for the study of religion. In eleven essays exploring soap and office cubicles, Britney Spears and the Kardashians, corporate culture and Goldman Sachs, Lofton shows the conceptual levers of religion in thinking about social modes of encounter, use, and longing. Wherever we see people articulate their dreams of and for the world, wherever we see those dreams organized into protocols, images, manuals, and contracts, we glimpse what the word “religion” allows us to describe and understand.
In Consuming Religion, Lofton offers a guide to religion and consumption in our capitalizing times.

All are welcome to join us at 4:00 o’clock for coffee and cookies and stay for the talk at 4:30.

Admission: Free
Contact Information: Yale University Library, 203-432-1810

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