The American Myths Symposia is a two-year series of public discussions take place at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA. These symposia bring together historians, sociologists, activists, and citizens to engage in a critical discussion of the myths that have had enduring appeal in U.S. history. Although the term myth is often used interchangeably with “lie,” in another sense, myths are stories that help societies to express their values, fears, and aspirations.
- Forum #1: Myths of Discovery: Re-Thinking the Meaning of Columbus Day — October 07 2015 — Click the link to listen to the podcast!
- Forum #2: Why Myths Matter to Americans: A Discussion of Viking Myths w/Author David M. Krueger — February 24, 2016 – Click on the link to listen to the podcast!
- Forum #3: Myths of a Christian Nation: A Conversation w/Author John Fea — April 13, 2016 from 7-830 pm. Follow live-tweets with hashtag #JohnFea.
- Topics for the 2016-2017 season will be announced soon!
Location: the forums will be held at the Arch Street United Methodist Church at 55 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is easily accessible by mass transit.