In the journey to become American, communities find themselves having to contend with the Bible and race. The manner of the intersections and negotiations may vary, but the connection is consistent part of the nation’s history. This seminar examines the relationship between these two discourses in the American experiment, giving special attention to how the Bible has served to liberate, captivate, and frustrate the efforts of potential Americans.
Settler-Colonialism in North America
Drawing the Colorline and Inventing Whiteness
The Quest for Black Messiahs
Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice
Mapping Borders: The Formation of Hispanic/Latin@ Identities
Murals, Mangers, and The Virgin of Guadalupe
The Problem of w/ the Model Minority Myth
Christianity and Race on TV: The Case of Gilmore Girls
Being an Arab-American Christian after 9/11
This was a harrowing time to teach this course. The semester began just days after the killing of college-bound Michael Brown. As mainstream media coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement increased, the seminar took a reflective turn.
As professor, I discussed how the color line–running evenly between my black and white students–impacted my pedagogical approach. These musings were published as part of the Race Matters in the Classroom blog series hosted by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
Students penned a corporate blog post that chronicled the lessons learned in the seminar. Their thoughts were posted at Seminarium: The Elements of Great Teaching.
The issues at stake deserve more than a semester-long class, but the Fall 2015 iteration of the Bible and Race in the USA challenged us all to rethink what we are doing to create a society where black lives indeed matter.