Charles Long, former president of the American Academy of Religion, speaks earlier this month to a packed house in the Chestnut Room as part of the Shipka Speaker Series. Long’s lecture was titled “American Dilemma: Religion, Race and Democracy” and examined the foundational elements of religion in the conception of America. Long served in the Army Air Forces before earned B.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. As Professor of History of Religions at UC, Long co-founded the international journal, “History of Religions.” He was also the founding editor of the series “Studies in Religion” for the University of North Carolina Press and has been involved in training several generations of scholars of religion and African American studies.