Events in February–April 2018
- - Ronit Stahl: Enlisting Faith
Ronit Stahl: Enlisting Faith
Ronit Stahl joins us to discuss her new book Enlisting Faith.
A century ago, as the United States prepared to enter World War I, the military chaplaincy included only mainline Protestants and Catholics. Today it counts Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Christian Scientists, Buddhists, Seventh-day Adventists, Hindus, and evangelicals among its ranks. Enlisting Faith traces the uneven processes through which the military struggled with, encouraged, and regulated religious pluralism over the twentieth century.
Moving from the battlefields of Europe to the jungles of Vietnam and between the forests of Civilian Conservation Corps camps and meetings in government offices, Ronit Y. Stahl reveals how the military borrowed from and battled religion. Just as the state relied on religion to sanction war and sanctify death, so too did religious groups seek recognition as American faiths. At times the state used religion to advance imperial goals. But religious citizens pushed back, challenging the state to uphold constitutional promises and moral standards.
Despite the constitutional separation of church and state, the federal government authorized and managed religion in the military. The chaplaincy demonstrates how state leaders scrambled to handle the nation’s deep religious, racial, and political complexities. While officials debated which clergy could serve, what insignia they would wear, and what religions appeared on dog tags, chaplains led worship for a range of faiths, navigated questions of conscience, struggled with discrimination, and confronted untimely death. Enlisting Faith is a vivid portrayal of religious encounters, state regulation, and the trials of faith—in God and country—experienced by the millions of Americans who fought in and with the armed forces.
- - Foxtrot Film Screening
Foxtrot Film Screening
Israel’s Official Submission for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
A grieving father experiences the absurd circumstances around death of his son, in this latest critical reflection on military culture from Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon).
- - Naples '44 Film Screening
Naples '44 Film Screening
Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm.
Lewis entered Naples as part of an invasion of Nazi-occupied Italy. His memories and his return many years later are recalled with magnificent warmth and wit. Filmmaker Francesco Patierno combines riveting archival war footage with clips from movies set in Naples from the 1950s and 60s (featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Alan Arkin, Ernest Borgnine) to evoke a city that was as much a victim of the war as any individual – but that has come back to life with all the charisma of Vesuvius, its very own volcano.
Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon A. Goldberg, a Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.
- - National Medal of Honor Day
National Medal of Honor Day
- - SHIN-DC Annual Mimouna Brunch
SHIN-DC Annual Mimouna Brunch