But with this positive realization of privilege comes discomfort and shame; this guilt silences people. How then, can we discuss and acknowledge privilege in a constructive way that continues dialogue and motivates social action?
Traditionally, survey courses in the world’s religions focus on creedal tenets (e.g. the Eightfold Path, the components of dharma, the Ten Commandments, the Five Pillars of Islam). A different picture of religion arises when we survey constructions of ethnicity and gender throughout global history. Students come to notice that while their theologies and traditions may differ, these communities represent cultures of … Continue reading REL 331 Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion
On January 12-13, Elizabethtown College hosted a teach-in called #EtownEngage. Over 20 faculty from across the disciplines opened their classrooms to the community and hosted discussions on issues related to recent events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and elsewhere–a conversation pointed to by the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. In REL 370: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion, I gave a talk … Continue reading “Are We Really Just One Human Race?”– #EtownEngage
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