Made in America: Religions in the American Context

Presented by Dr. Harry Coverston

America has historically drawn a wide range of religious beliefs from Europe, Africa and Asia, and in turn has proven a generative culture for the development of a number of new religions “made in America.” Dr. Coverston will discuss the history of American religions from colonization to the present and conclude with current data on the present religious makeup of the U.S. and where religion in America appears to be headed.

Dr. Harry Coverston is a fifth generation Floridian and a fifth generation educator. He has lived in every part of the state as well as the San Francisco Bay area and a summer in Washington, D.C. where he was a congressional intern. He has specialized in Latin American studies and has spent a number of summers studying in Central and South America including being named a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil in 2011. Coverston is a non-practicing Florida attorney, an Episcopal priest and a permanent lecturer in religious studies, humanities and the philosophy of law at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He has served as the designated scholar for the Florida Humanities Council in the Civic Reflections program, the Prime Time family reading program, the Community Discussions program, the Lake County Caribbean Humanities series and has delivered a wide range of public scholarship presentations on religion and culture across the state.

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