Uncivil Religion: January 6, 2021


Dr. Michael Altman, Project Director
Dr. Jerome Copulsky, Project Director
Dr. Peter Manseau, Project Advisor

Along with student collaborators and the essay contributors.


Smithsonian National Museum of American History


Uncivil Religion: January 6, 2021 is a digital resource created through a collaboration of the University of Alabama’s Department of Religious Studies and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Religious symbols, rituals, identities, banners, signs, and sounds suffused the events surrounding the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This project begins to trace the thread of religion that wound throughout that day through pieces of digital media. It does this in two ways. First, there is a collection of essays that analyze individual pieces of media from January 6 in order to explain the role religion played that day. Second, there is a series of galleries that contain pieces of media that represent the variety of ways religion “showed up” on January 6. This project is illustrative and not exhaustive. There is so much more to be found, said, and documented about the role of religion on January 6 and this project will continue to grow.

The project is directed by Michael J. Altman and Jerome Copulsky. Peter Manseau, Director of the Center for Understanding Religion in American History at the National Museum of American History, serves as project advisor. Religious Studies graduate students from the REL 502: Public Humanities and Religious Studies course in the Fall of 2021 provided research and digital expertise to the project. The REL Digital Lab, within the Department of Religious Studies, and eTech, within the College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Alabama provided technical resources, consulting, and support.

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Contact: michael.altman@ua.edu

Visit: Find Uncivil Religion at its website.