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Shepherd to host October 12 talk about religion’s influence on slaveholding

ISSUED: 5 October 2021

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Common Reading program will present “Race, Religion, and Security in the 18th Century Southeastern Borderlands” with Dr. Timothy Fritz on Tuesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium.

The event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by Shepherd’s Common Reading program and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, with support from the Shepherd University Foundation

In his presentation, Fritz will focus on the ways religion factored into the laws and practice of slaveholding on the edges of empire by examining the operation and cultural implications of Anglican missions in South Carolina.

An associate professor of history and chair of the history department at Mount St. Mary’s University, Fritz is a historian of race and early America and has published articles on race, religion, and the early South.

About the Common Reading program:

Shepherd’s Common Reading program provides a common academic experience for all first-year students. The program aims to provide a shared intellectual experience; create a sense of community; encourage reading; promote critical engagement of ideas; set academic expectations; create dialog between students, faculty, staff, and the community; promote interaction between Shepherd and the community; and introduce students to community resources. This year’s common reading book is “Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom” by Catherine Clinton, a biography of the woman most recognized for her work on the Underground Railroad.

Those attending events on campus in person will be required to follow Shepherd’s current COVID-19 policies. Before attending this or any campus event, visit our COVID-19 information page to learn what policies are in effect.

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