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Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, polled a group of 3,000 Americans in 2006 and again in 2007. The comprehensive surveys, combined with case studies of 13 churches across the country, provided the backbone of his book “American Grace.”  What the data showed, Putnam said, is that America is a remarkably devout, religiously diverse, and surprisingly tolerant place.

Church of one

Fewer Americans identify with a particular religion, Putnam finds



“People are often surprised when I tell them I’m writing my dissertation on one song. But I’m using ‘God Bless America’ as a lens through which I can look at American history, and the role and function of communal singing in American culture,” says ethnomusicology graduate student Sheryl Kaskowitz.

American tune

Musicology student investigates cultural life of Irving Berlin classic