Religion Symposium: Dr. Hillary Kaell, McGill University

Dr. Hillary Kaell will give a talk on, "Anti-Materalist Tactics that Normalize Global Capitalism:  A Conversation about Christian Globalism at Home: Child Sponsorship in the United States."

In the 1950s, U.S. Christians generally defined materialism as a feature of ‘pagan’ or communist societies. By the 1970s, they had begun to view themselves as among the world’s most materialistic people. This shift exacerbated longstanding questions among U.S. Christians about God’s role in providing them with (from their perspective) more material and spiritual abundance than other people. This talk explores these issues in the context of child sponsorship programs, a fundraising system that has transmitted millions of dollars from U.S. sponsors to foreign children each year. More specifically, it outlines a series of “anti-materialist tactics" that everyday Christians developed in order to make sense of their wealth in global terms. These issues, and the tactics they spurred, remain highly relevant today.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:30pm to 5:50pm

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