Beatdowns and Downbeats: America as a Hip Hop Nation–#EtownEngage

In REL 170: Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview, I gave a talk called “Beatdowns and Downbeats: America as a Hip Hop Nation.” We began with a free association exercise about what could be signified by call America a “Hip Hop nation.”

Inside the Scholar’s Studio with #SBLAAR14 Bingo

Like all conferences of the elite, the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature are theater. There's a level of make-believe that goes into transitioning from our quotidian concerns to those befitting the sacred gathering. The #sblaar14 Twitter feed bears witness to participants changing in and out of … Continue reading Inside the Scholar’s Studio with #SBLAAR14 Bingo

Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies: The #SBLAAR14 Syllabus

There are a lot of great teaching and pedagogy sessions happening at #SBLAAR14. As you build your schedule, make sure you check out what's happening with the SBL Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies program unit. Yours truly is moderating a pretty awesome panel on Teaching the Bible Visually or Geographically. We have papers on everything from … Continue reading Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies: The #SBLAAR14 Syllabus

Acting Upon Fear: A Call to Action from Ferguson and Beyond

This is about fear and how humans choose to deal with it. And it's a problem when individuals and institutions and corporations can designate some persons as collateral damage. It's a scary thing when the expense of human life can be factored in, or even worse, considered negligible.