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Sacred Space and Contested Terrain: Jeanne Kilde at TEDxUMN

Jeanne Halgren Kilde, Director of the University of Minnesota's Religious Studies Program (, is a historian of religion in America whose research focuses primarily on religious space and architecture. She has written extensively on the spatialization of power relationships within Christian churches, including the revolutionary changes wrought by the 19th-century adoption of auditorium plans for Protestant churches -- a transformation that overturned two millennia of Christian architecture and set the stage for the contemporary megachurch. Her recent work on contests over religious space includes an article on the "Ground Zero mosque" controversy ( and research into the serial use of religious spaces by different groups.----The individuals involved with TEDxUMN have a passion for bringing together the great thinkers at the University of Minnesota and giving them the opportunity to share their ideas worth spreading and to discuss our shared future. We provide these great people the opportunity to share these ideas on a global stage and with an incredibly diverse audience. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.Check out TEDxUMN at the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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