18. Tracing the Visible and Invisible
Martha Smith Roberts [+]
University of California, Santa Barbara
Martha Smith Roberts is Assistant Professor of Religion at Denison University. Her primary research is a critical analysis of post-racial and post-ethnic theories of American religious pluralism. Roberts is also working on a co-authored manuscript with Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand, which analyzes the various spiritualities emerging within the hula hooping subculture. She sits on the Executive Committee for the North American Association for the Study of Religion, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life in Austin, Texas.
Smith’s discussion about, colouring Columbus, asks us to examine the representations of American history and identity that are presented as natural and neutral, especially those that we use to educate the next generation of Americans.