• #SyrRelBodies: US Religions and the Regulation of Bodies of Color - Learn more about Dr. Goodwin’s amazing class here and follow the hashtag #SyrRelBodies on Twitter for a well-curated discussion of US religions and the regulation of bodies of color. 1. Tell us about #SyrRelBodies. Describe the project. #SyrRelBodies is the hashtag for “Black+Blue,” my honors course on American religion and the regulation of bodies of…
  • Real Talk: Should Grad Students Have Websites? - What I hope to have communicated is that having a website can be a boon for grad students on the market, but only because it can demonstrate your presence in the professional spaces you aspire and already inhabit. Maybe you won't need a website to do this.
  • #CLUsexeth – Teaching Sexual Ethics Through Twitter -   In this interview, Kirsten Gerdes tells us about how she uses Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and Twitter as a way of engaging students about sexual ethics and religion. 1. Tell us about the hashtag. Describe the project.  At California Lutheran University (CLU), I teach a class on sexual ethics for the religion department, and…
  • Reading “The African American Bible” on Paper and in Class - The Journal of Biblical Literature recently published a series on ways that biblical scholars have engaged with #BlackLivesMatter in their work. Adele Reinhartz, the journal’s general editor, introduces the essays in this way: In this Forum, six scholars reflect on how racial violence and the movements that attempt to eradicate such violence intersect with the field of biblical studies, both…
  • Blessings:Reprise–Chance the Rapper, Religion, and the Senses - Students in Dr. Richard Newton’s Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview course were invited to employ tools and theories from religious studies to explore how meaning making works. Miriam Balasundram took a phenomenological approach to consider religion and the senses. She was taken by the rhythms of Chance the Rapper and reflected on what led her to…
  • Real Talk: Reading the Academic Conference Terrain - My last post responded to a question about whether presenting conference papers is worthwhile. Readers weighed in with some great points that must be factored into such deliberations. Dr. Josh Brockway noticed that I had used the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature as my frame of reference. Thinking…
  • Teaching Starter: Milking Classification - NPR and WBUR’s Here and Now featured a fascinating example of the power of classification. Dairy farmers say makers of plant-based milks — like almond milk and soy milk — are stealing away their customers. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon (@LukeRunyon) reports, the fight boils down to the definition of a single word. If…
  • #BakerTravels – Exploring religious spaces through travels - In this interview, Nicholaus Pumphrey tells us the lessons he and his students learn in approaching different religious spaces through traveling and offers tips on how to do so successfully.   Tell us about #BakerTravels. Describe the project. Every year, Baker University has a January term that we call Interterm. The purpose is that students take…
  • Real Talk: Should I be Proposing Conference Paper(s) - Real Talk is our new professional development series. We discuss the things that’ll make you a better teacher-scholar. If you have a question or want to share your own thoughts, message our curator. Dear Professor Newton, The Call for Papers is out for the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings.…
  • “Better Know a Religion Blog” and “The State of the Study of Religion” -   Looking to add some substantial religious studies scholarship to your blog diet? The North American Association for the Study of Religion has you covered with their fantastic new series, “Better Know a Religion Blog.” This has been a great way for us to keep track of what our colleagues are doing in the field. Last…