Our next virtual coffee is on Friday, October 28th at 12PM Central Time. Heidi Olson Campbell will host a panel on witch-hunts and magic. Panelists include Elaine Breslaw, Lisa Diller, Aaron Larsen, and Philip Jenkins.

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Moderator Bio | Heidi Olson Campbell

Heidi Olson Campbell is a PhD Candidate in history at Baylor University. Her dissertation, titled Magdalens Teares,” focuses on the representation of women in sermons at Paul’s Cross, an important intersection of politics and popular religion in early modern England. Her writing has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly journals, including Church History and the Journal of British Studies

Panelist Bios

Elaine Breslaw (Ph.D., University of Maryland) retired from Morgan State University in 1994. She is the author of Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies (NYU Press, 1996), Witches of the Atlantic World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook (NYU Press, 2000), and Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America (NYU Press, 2012).

Lisa Diller (Ph.D., University of Chicago) teaches on the early modern world at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga TN.   Her dissertation from the University of Chicago focused on the English Catholic contributions to the Act of Toleration in 1689. She researches and writes on religious minorities and the development of modern liberal democracy. She is currently investigating the strategies of Catholic parents as they passed along their faith to their children in the face of persecution. Her writing has appeared in Church History, Fide et Historia, Exchange, and in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Seventh-Day Adventists.  She is the past president of the Southern Conference on British History, the in-coming president of the Conference on Faith and History, and the current president of the Association of SDA Historians.  She and her husband Tommy enjoy caring for their pets and plants, traveling with and to visit their ten nieces and nephews, and cycling in beautiful places.

Aaron Larsen is a second year DPhil student in the Faculty of History at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. A three-time alumnus of the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada, a public-school teacher, and a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary learning, his work often combines History and Geography, with a particular focus on how people understood space and place in the past. His DPhil thesis, “Landscapes of the Witches’ Sabbath: Space, Place, and Fantasy in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1750,” aims to explore the sites of the witches’ sabbath across Europe and how different regions constructed their own unique sabbath narratives based upon their lived landscapes.

Philip Jenkins (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. He has published thirty books, including The Next Christendom: The Coming Of Global Christianity (2002) and Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (2021). The Economist has called him “one of America’s best scholars of religion.

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