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Stephen G. Ray Jr. Neal A. and Ila F. Fisher Professor of Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Perhaps one of the most painful memories I have of my early years in teaching was election night 2004. The pain comes from my too late realization that in my advocacy for a progressive Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Miguel A. De La Torre Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies Iliff School of Theology Since the start of the twentieth century, Christian religion scholars from the dominant culture - specifically ethicists – shifted their focus on how to live the Christian life via praxis toward the nature of Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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John Sarrouf Director of Strategic Partnerships Essential Partners I help people have difficult conversations for a living. I facilitate dialogues–usually in communities deeply divided over issues that touch on people’s values and worldviews. I have spent much of the last three years working with professors as their classrooms increasingly fit Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Joshua Canzona Georgetown University Daniel Madigan, my mentor when I first began teaching Islamic studies, considers his introductory course an opportunity to help students understand Islam as a religious choice and vision. This, in contrast to a politicized framework wherein Islam, is a problem to be solved. Marshall Hodgson also Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Teaching Islam
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Jill DeTemple Associate Professor Southern Methodist University I am a cyclist. I ride a hybrid commuter bike to work most days and have a road bike that has taken me up mountain passes and on to country roads outside of Dallas where views of fields and livestock replace the asphalt Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Neomi DeAnda Assistant Professor University of Dayton In 2015, the Department of Education reported that 1 in 5 women in the US is Latina. By 2060, this number is projected to be about 1 in 3 women. As a Latina, I was surprised by these numbers because I did not Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Eren Tasar Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill On November 8, 2016, I watched Ana Navarro telling ABC News that “there is a White America and there is a Brown and Black America, Chinese America, Muslim America.” Muslims, of course, are white, brown, black, Chinese, and many. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Nancy Lynne Westfield Associate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Have you noticed? The lexicon of the American mainstream media has shifted. Before the campaign season, the news only sparingly discussed notions of race. Any allusion to race was vague and superficial. Reporting of race was primarily reserved for Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Cláudio Carvalhaes Associate Professor Union Theological Seminary - New York City Sometimes classrooms feel like our family living room, with our families around, exposing all kinds of political positions and emotional responses, all of us trying to respond to some events that are going on in the world. We look Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Elliott Bazzano Assistant Professor Le Moyne College Laughter is an important ingredient in my classroom. I bank on my ability to make students laugh with my often-droll sense of humor, but I also frequently rely on professional comedians through the magic of the Internet. The status. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Ella Johnson, PhD Assistant Professor St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry Countless hate crimes since Election Day already show the widespread effect of the President-Elect’s unpredictable nature and his death-inducing ideologies: racism, islamophobia, heteropatriarchy, xenophobia, anti-Semitism. What do we as higher educators do when our global context is unstable,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
Welcome to the new blog series, “Teaching, Religion, Politics.” Current events have pressed the conversation about teaching religion and politics to the foreground in many classrooms across higher education. The Wabash Center is seeking to be responsive to the need for faculty conversation about this topic and to provide resources... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Teaching, Religion, Politics
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Meena Sharify-Funk Associate Professor Wilfrid Laurier University In my last two blogs, I have been sharing some thoughts on teaching Sufism and contemporary Sufism, giving special consideration to the importance of helping students actively explore different elements of Sufi tradition and culture in the different Islamic periods. For this blog Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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SherAli Tareen Assistant Professor Franklin & Marshall College In this blog, I want to continue with the theme that animated my last post “Genealogically Attuned teaching in an Introductory Course on Islam.” To remind, the question I had engaged had to do with the problem of presenting in an undergraduate Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Meena Sharify-Funk Associate Professor Wilfrid Laurier University Why and how has Sufism become such a contested topic in the 20th and 21st centuries, and what does “authentic” Sufism look like today? Why are historical Sufi shrines in Pakistan, Mali, and Iraq being destroyed by Muslims? Why do some Muslim governments Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Joshua Canzona Georgetown University My teacher training focused on goals and assessment. When I conduct workshops on teaching and whenever I am asked for advice on teaching, I tell instructors to clarify goals and work backward. Two years ago I gave a presentation on technology in the classroom. I included. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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SherAli Tareen Assistant Professor Franklin & Marshall College This blog builds on Caleb Elfenbein’s excellent post in this series “Scaffolding Theory at the Introductory Level.” I want to think about two interconnected issues in relation to engaging theoretical discussions in the study of Religion and the Humanities in an introductory... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Elliott Bazzano Assistant Professor Department of Religious Studies Le Moyne College For those of us who teach on the semester system, we face the daunting task of presenting our course in about 15 weeks (and for those of us on quarter systems, about 10!). Among the greatest challenges given this Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Meena Sharify-Funk Associate Professor and Chair Religion and Culture Department Wilfrid Laurier University After teaching an introductory course on Islam for over ten years I still am fascinated that most students are unaware of what Sufism is and how Sufism has influenced Islamic metaphysics, societies, cultures, histories, arts, sciences and Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Tat-siong Benny Liew Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies College of the Holy Cross The University of Chicago made news recently because of a letter sent by its Dean of Students to inform its incoming class of freshmen that the University, given its commitment to “freedom of inquiry. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Nancy Lynne WestfieldAssociate Professor of Religious Education Drew Theological School Have you ever thought you knew something, only to discover, with the passing of time and the acquisition of experience, that there was more depth, breath, and nuance to the idea or situation than you had previously thought? Or Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Martin Nguyen Associate Professor, Faculty Chair for Diversity Fairfield University Not too long ago I was invited to join a panel with the ambitious aim of putting into context for the campus community the rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment and the Islamophobia industry behind it. I was specifically requested to. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Teaching Islam
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Cláudio Carvalhaes Associate Professor Union Theological Seminary I am starting a new job at Union Theological Seminary in New York city. It is a joy beyond measure for me. As we know well, when we start a new job, our new position comes with lots of expectations, insecurities, hopes, and.. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Tat-siong Benny Liew Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies College of the Holy Cross It was by now a pretty well-known social experiment. A man dressed like a homeless person collapses on the street and is ignored by pedestrians; when the same person puts on a business suit. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Stories from the Front
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Eren Tasar Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In the quest for understanding the dynamics of Muslim societies, understanding Islam is not always the key. This was the theme of my last post on Islam and Decolonization. I would like to offer more thoughts on a related. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Teaching Islam