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 … Continue reading Teaching Starter: Milking Classification

“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 … Continue reading “Better Know a Religion Blog” and “The State of the Study of Religion”

The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

In 2014 I began teaching an Elizabethtown College course called "The Bible and Race in the USA." It's a seminar driven by a question about how discourses like "Bible," "race" and "America" inform each other to the extent that we can hardly unweave them. There's a craftiness to textuality that we quickly forget all that … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

Whither the Study of Religion and Culture?

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.

Branching Out: Maya Aphornsuvan as a Summer Thai-language Voice of America

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.