Interview w/Authors Zeller & Dallam: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

Dave Krueger talks with Benjamin Zeller and Marie Dallam about their new book Religion, Food, and Eating in North America. Dallam is an assistant professor of religious studies at the Honors College of the University of Oklahoma and Zeller is an assistant professor of Lake Forest College in Illinois. This interview was originally released as … Continue reading Interview w/Authors Zeller & Dallam: Religion, Food, and Eating in North America

Interview w/author Mark T. Mulder: Shades of White Flight

Why did some white, Protestant churches abandon Chicago neighborhoods during the post-WWII era while others stayed behind? Does theology and/or church polity make a difference? Dave Krueger talks with Mark T. Mulder about his book Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure. Mulder is an associate professor of sociology at Calvin College in … Continue reading Interview w/author Mark T. Mulder: Shades of White Flight

Richard Allen’s Struggle Against Fake News

[This article also appears on the blog of the Germantown Mennonite Church.] It was fall of 1793 in Philadelphia. Yellow fever was spreading over the city. In a period of 100 days, 10% of the city's residents had died. The city was in a panic. Most governing officials left the city, including President George Washington. In the … Continue reading Richard Allen’s Struggle Against Fake News

Runic Scholar and Midwest Historian Visit Philadelphia’s Swedish Museum

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Henrik & Dave Dr. Williams (on the left) and me at the American Swedish Historical Museum. We are both pointing to the respective regions in Sweden to which we have familial ties. My great-great grandparents came to Minnesota in the 1880s.

As noted in a previous post, I invited Swedish runic scholar Henrik Williams to speak at a special event on November 14, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Williams is a professor of Scandinavian languages at Uppsala University in Sweden and the lead researcher for the American Association of Runic Studies (AARS), an organization committed to historically accurate, peer-reviewed, scientific analysis of runes and runic inscriptions. Henrik is also engaged in an educational partnership with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Be sure to visit the team website for a series of articles and a video about accurate portrayals of Viking history.

Earlier in the day, I had the…

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Indie Scholar Podcast w/Dave Krueger

We all know that successful completion of graduate school does not guarantee a job with a living wage. Today, more than 50% of faculty appointments are part time and over 70% are NON-tenured positions. It is increasingly difficult for many to make a living as a higher ed instructor. These scholars and educators are faced with difficult choices. Some leave … Continue reading Indie Scholar Podcast w/Dave Krueger

Talking Vikings at the Minnesota History Center

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Last night I had the privilege of speaking at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul Minnesota. It is the home of the Minnesota Historical Society. While I was researching for my book Myths of the Rune Stone Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America, I spent many days here reading newspaper microfilm and scores of other historical documents. The event had been scheduled to take place in a smaller seminar room, but they had to move it to the main auditorium because of the crowd (167 in attendance!) I think that Mike Mullen’s recent article in the Minneapolis City Pages generated a lot of interest. Many thanks to Danielle Dart, coordinator of public programs for lifelong learners, for making this event possible. You can listen to the podcast above.

Although I have given numerous presentations on the book since its release last October, I made a special effort to locate…

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Historicizing the Christian Nation Myth

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz frequently states in his campaign speeches that he wants to see America return to "the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation." The inclusion of "Judeo" in Judeo-Christian has its own history, but the vast majority of Americans over the years have believed that they live in a "Christian nation." As Messiah College historian … Continue reading Historicizing the Christian Nation Myth