Yesterday I was part of a panel of early American historians who write op-eds and other public pieces for public consumption. The panel included Jill Lepore, Erica Dunbar, Yoni Appelbaum, and Grantham Rao. I will blog about this panel later today, but I thought I would share an exchange that occurred during the session:
Me (during my presentation): “I am an evangelical Christian.” (This was relevant because I was talking about an op-ed I wrote about Trump in The Atlantic).
Audience member during Q&A, speaking to the standing-only crowd: “I think it is worth noting here that we have a real live evangelical in our midst.”
Me: “Yes–and after the session I will be outside in a cage so you can all examine me more fully.” (Yes, I can get a bit snarky).
Audience: Awkward laughter.
Jill Lepore (addressing the aforementioned audience member): I’m gonna stop you right there. This is not a session about John or his faith, it is about writing op-eds for public audiences.
I also appreciate all of the evangelicals and people of other Christian faiths who came up to me after the session and offered words of encouragement for my work.