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Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid

May 4, 2018 • 1:30 – 3:00 pm EDT

A conversation with the author, Dr. Heather Curtis

Foreign aid and development assistance have long been staples of the American diplomatic tool chest. In her new book, Dr. Heather Curtis documents the roots of the modern American foreign aid movement in the missionary and charity movements of early 20th-century evangelical Christians. Bolstered by publications like the Christian Herald and supportive parishioners, evangelicals who believed in the divine mission of the United States to help the world’s poor and oppressed transformed the way Americans responded to crises at home and abroad. Join us as we welcome Dr. Curtis to discuss her book and what it can teach us about modern debates over the politics of poverty relief and international aid.

This event was made possible by generous support for the Project on Military and Diplomatic History.