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Have book (and timely message), will travel!

Now that the public health situation in most areas is permitting more in-person gatherings, I'm eager to return to talking with people about lessons from my most recent book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, published in 2019 by the History Press. As a study of one religious community's century-long effort to build interracial fellowship, I believe this book could not be more timely. Here's a brief excerpt from my publicity sheet:

In the early 21st century, fundamental questions about our national identity, the nature of prosperity and good governance, America’s role in the world, and how our understanding of history shapes the present and future press on the public consciousness with relentless and increasing urgency. At such a moment of reckoning, when many wonder whether it is even possible for us to construct a just multiracial society, a better understanding of the promises of Reconstruction, their implications for today, and the more than century-long experience of the American Bahá’ís need to be a part of our conversation.

There's a link to the full document via the description on my website, and here's the book on the publisher's site. Want to check out how I sound speaking on this topic? Here's one example, an interview-style presentation I did with my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Layli Maparyan of Wellesley College, part of a series we did in late 2020 and early 2021.

If you or your organization would like to talk about scheduling an event, email me via the Contact box on my website or at I look forward to hearing from you!


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