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Occasional Paper 24: Michelle Robinson

By David G. Schwartz on April 16, 2014 2:53 PM | Permalink

The latest occasional paper has been posted:

Paper 24: April 2013
Michelle Robinson. "Billy Graham Comes to Las Vegas: Faith at Work on the Strip"

ABSTRACT: An exploration of Billy Graham’s 1978 Christian Crusade in Las Vegas, this paper argues that the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA) developed distinctly Vegas-styled evangelical tactics to address challenges posed by the city’s fragile religious infrastructure and competing attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. To organize a spectacular and successful ecumenical event that would garner local and national attention, BGEA simultaneously leveraged popular notions of Vegas as “Sin City” while recruiting Christian evangelicals from beyond the city proper to temporarily transform the religious ecology of the Strip.

View the paper here (pdf)

UNLV Gaming Podcast 57: Michelle Robinson

By David G. Schwartz on March 18, 2014 4:19 PM | Permalink

The latest UNLV Gaming Podcast is available:

57-March 18, 2014
Michelle Robinson
"Billy Graham Comes to Las Vegas: Faith at Work on the Strip"
In this 3/18/14 Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Robinson (assistant professor of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill) discusses Graham's 1978 crusade in Las Vegas, considering its attempts to change perceptions of the city, and how it altered the dynamics of religion in the tourist corridor.

Listen to the audio file (mp3)

View the flyer (pdf)

You can listen to it via iTunes or download the mp3.