Leigh Eric Schmidt

Leigh Eric Schmidt, a historian, is the author of Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays, published by Princeton University Press. Leigh Eric Schmidt is Professor of Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, and joined the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in 2011. His past professional posts include serving on the faculty of the theological and graduate schools of Drew University, Professor of the History of Religion in America at Harvard University, and Professor of Religion at Princeton University


Volume 18

Guests on Volume 18: Leigh Eric Schmidt, on how the marketplace has shaped American celebration of the holidays; John Patrick Diggins, on how pragmatism fails to offer a coherent way of understanding of the world; Joseph Frank, on moral themes in the fiction of Fyodor Dostoevsky; Thomas Howard, on the supernatural thrillers of Charles Williams; Ken Myers, on Marsalis on Music, a book and a video series on music appreciation; Deal Hudson, on the themes of family in the work of Sigrid Undset, author of Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken; George McKenna, on how President Lincoln might have fought abortion; and Ted Libbey, on master English composer Henry Purcell.