Catholiciana Unmoored: Ex-votos in Catholic Tradition and their Commercialization as Religious Commodities on eBay

June 10, 2014
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
311 Denney Hall
Leonard Primiano

Leonard Norman Primiano, professor and chair of the department of religious studies at Cabrini College, earned a B.A. in religious studies, an M.A. in folklore and folklife, and a dual Ph.D. in religious studies and folklore and folklife, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master of theological studies from Harvard University.

In addition to co-direction the honors program at Cabrini, Primiano serves as co-producer of The Father Divine Project, a multimedia documentary and video podcast about Father Divine, Mother Divine, and the Peace Mission Movement. Since its inception in 2002, he has served as the developer and curator of Cabrini's Religious Folk, Popular, Liturgical Arts Collection. In 2006, he coordinated the acquisition of The Don Yoder Collection of Religious Folk Art to the larger collection. His research areas include American religion; vernacular, folk and popular religion; American folklore and folklife studies; religious material culture (including Roman Catholic "holy cards"); and religion and the media, including Catholicism and television.

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