September 21: Gods and Roller Coasters

Please join us for the public lecture, “Gods and Roller Coasters: Religion in Theme Parks Worldwide,” with Crispin Paine, writer, editor, and honorary lecturer, from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:00pm, 110 Maryland Hall
Homewood Campus

Scholar Crispin Paine, best known for his books Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties (2013) and Godly Things: Museums, Objects and Religion (2000) gives a preview of his current book project. “As a burgeoning middle class seeks out modernity and fun as well as education and divine help, theme-parks are taking over much of the role of museums and much of the role of temples. This short talk will report on a continuing project to examine religion and the performance of modernity in theme-parks world-wide, especially in India, China, Japan and the US.”

The lecture is free and open to the public!