Wendy Wall, associate professor of history, will present “A Gauge of Our Faithfulness’: Religion and the Politics of Immigration Reform” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the IASH Conference Room, LN-1106.
Few developments since World War II have changed the face of American religion or American politics more than the Immigration Act of 1965. Given this, it is surprising how little attention scholars of either politics or religion have paid to the postwar politics of immigration reform. Those few who have addressed the issue have generally portrayed the 1965 act as the inevitable product of a postwar liberal consensus without exploring how any such consensus was forged or the nature of its fracture points and limitations. This talk attempts to recover that history, focusing particularly on the role of religious language, institutions, and issues.