By definition, students are committed to forming an awareness of these constructions. Do they have to abandon using the term? No. But they should think carefully about what they intend by doing so, especially when trying to convey their observations, questions, and arguments to others. … More Whither the Study of Religion and Culture?
Beneath the fine print are tells from which the student gets a sense of your expectations for the learning experience–good, bad, and ugly. … More Syllabus as Contract, Syllabus as Charter
As the 2016 US Presidential election continues to heat up, pundits are paying increased attention to the Bible and politics. However, the most telling moments are not who gets the Bible right -chapter and verse- but who is reading between the lines. Sophomore Jessica Loving reflected on this sort of reading for her final paper in Dr. Richard Newton’s Introduction to New … More Advocating for Donald Trump: Falwell, Liberty, and the Bible in Modern Society
One year in and Sowing the Seed is proving itself as a generative space for students to become producers—and not just consumers—of knowledge. Throughout the semester, we’re taking a look back to see what some of our students have been up to since participating in our student-scholar collaborative magazine. Maya Aphornsuvan reflects on a summer internship that left her positively wanting to explore the possibilities for discussing religion and culture in the media.
… More Branching Out: Maya Aphornsuvan as a Summer Thai-language Voice of America
What is it that we are are hoping students gain from our classes? What do we want them to experience? What excites us about what they’ll bring to the table? What scares us about it? What are we too quick or too afraid to name in our courses of study? … More On Theory and Syllabi