Learning by Design

Graduate Student Perspectives on Uncivil Religion


  • Erica Bennett University of Alabama




January 6, religious studies


The January 6, 2020 insurrection at the United States Capitol Building confirmed and challenged many people’s assumptions about how religion functions in society. As the events of that day continue to be reviewed by government officials, scholars, and public audiences, the Uncivil Religion Project has become an invaluable resource in those endeavors. Spearheaded by Prof. Mike Altman at the University of Alabama and Jerome Copulsky and Peter Manseau from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the
collaborative web project is both a media-rich digital archive and scholarly anthology on this pivotal historical moment. Altman led a team of graduate students in the University of Alabama’s Religion in Culture MA program in the development of the site. Bulletin editorial assistant Erica Bennet interviewed Ciara Eichorst, Katie Johnson, and Phoebe Duke-Mosier to learn how this project not only took shape, but also impacted their education in the academic study of religion.


“Episode 17, Uncivil Religion.” Study Religion, June 20, 2022. https://soundcloud.com/studyreligion/ep-17-uncivil-religion.

“Globalist NPC for President.” 2021. Video by Nina Berman, January 6, 2021.Uncivil Religion. December 30, 2021. https://uncivilreligion.org/home/media/globalist-npc

Lloyd, Dana. 2021. “QAnon Shaman and Native American Religious Freedom.” Uncivil Religion. December 31, 2021. https://uncivilreligion.org/home/qanon-shaman-and-native-american-religious-freedom.

“Nick Fuetnes.” 2021. Video posted on Parler, January 6, 2021. Uncivil Religion, December 30, 2021. https://uncivilreligion.org/home/nick-fuentes.

Niewert, David. 2017. “What the Kek: Explaining the Alt-Right ‘Deity’ Behind Their ‘Meme Magic’.” Southern Poverty Law Center, May 9, 2017. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/05/08/what-kek-explaining-alt-right-deity-behind-their-meme-magic.

Park, Benjamin. 2021. “Captain Moroni and Modern Mormonism’s Political Imagination.” Uncivil Religion. January 4, 2022. https://uncivilreligion.org/home/captain-moroni-and-modern-mormonisms-political-imagination.

Sheedy, Matt. 2021. “Kek Smoke Show.” Uncivil Religion. December 13, 2021. https://uncivilreligion.org/home/the-religion-of-kek-in-the-shadow-of-january-6th.

Zimmer, Ben. 2018. “The Origins of the Globalist Slur.” The Atlantic, March 14, 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/the-origins-of-the-globalist-slur/555479/



How to Cite

Bennett, E. (2022). Learning by Design: Graduate Student Perspectives on Uncivil Religion. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 51(1), 35–38. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.23549



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