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December 6 2017, 7AM

I come to Othello through a twisted confluence of experiences that I now take as proof of this play's potential relevance to modern readers. Whenever I entertain the idea of reading Shakespeare, I feel the burden of attempting to experience something to... [Uncategorized] [Personal] [Race] [elizabethtown college] [othello] [Shakespeare]

November 17, 11PM

This weekend, Dr. Richard Newton will be at the annual meetings of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Biblical Literature to share some of his work on pedagogy. Whether you... [#Black Lives Matter, #EtownEngage] [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Teaching Starter] [Uncategorized] [#AARSBL17] [Africana Studies] [bell hooks] [critical race theory] [james baldwin] [patrician hill collins] [pedagogy] [Race] [syllabus] [whiteness]

September 5, 3AM

Watching images of Hurricane Harvey, I’ve been able to do little but reflect on the past. I was born and raised in Houston. It may be America’s bustling fourth-largest city, but somehow I never thought the national news would feature the site of my fi... [Personal] [Uncategorized] [home] [Houston] [Hurricane Harvey] [Identity] [long form] [Reflections] [sugar land] [Texas] [Writing]

May 23, 1PM

Sowing the Seed is going on break for summer vacation. We have lots of projects in the works to hit the ground running in September. I do have some publications that will be coming out in the next few months which I’ll share here. My latest journal... [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [anthropology of scripture] [religious studies] [scriptural economies] [Theory]

May 4, 6PM

As I've written before, so much of academic life is trying to figure out how people fit into the boxes we use to make sense of our worlds. Knowing some of the politics and frustrations that entails, I've tried to use this website to open that process up a... [Professional Development] [Real Talk] [Series] [Uncategorized] [#AARSBL17] [#sblaar16] [AAR] [Academe] [Academia] [Biblical Studies] [Conferences] [gradlife] [graduate students] [higher education] [HigherEd] [religious studies] [SBL]

April 24, 3AM

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. #SyrRelBodie... [Culture] [Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion] [Reading Race and Criminality] [religion] [teaching] [Teaching and Technology] [Uncategorized] [Bodies] [criminality] [digiped] [digital humanities] [digital pedagogy] [pedagogy] [surveilance] [Twitter]

April 13, 4PM

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... [Personal] [Real Talk] [Uncategorized] [grad life] [grad students] [HigherEd] [Professional Development] [Writing]

April 11, 12 PM

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April 6, 11PM

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, si... [#Black Lives Matter, #EtownEngage] [Bible and Race in the USA] [Culture] [Personal] [religion] [scholarship] [Signifying Religion: An African American Worldview] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#blacklivesmatter] [african american culture] [african american history] [Africana Studies] [Biblical Studies] [black history] [cultural studies] [Reception History]

March 16, 6AM

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 A... [Professional Development] [Real Talk] [Uncategorized] [#sblaar] [AAR] [Academia] [Conference Papers] [gradaute school] [graduate students] [higher education] [SBL]

March 7, 6AM

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 Ru... [teaching] [Teaching Starter] [Classification] [pedagogy] [religious studies]

February 6, 5AM

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... [Professional Development] [Graduate School] [SBL] [AAR] [HigherEd] [#acrel] [#sblaar] [CFP] [conference presentations]

January 31, 6AM

  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 g... [Personal] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#acrel] [#sblaar] [AAR] [blogging] [naasr17] [religious studies] [SBL] [sblaar17]

January 23, 11AM

Curator’s Note–I’ve struggled for weeks with how to conclude the Bible and Race in the USA series. People’s shock at the malleability of truth and the temptation of exceptionalism has challenged me to re-situate the discussion. So ... [Personal] [Obama] [Race] [American Religious history] [critical race theory] [history of religion in america] [bible and race]

December 21 2016, 9AM

Ekaputra Tupamahu discusses Marlee Schwalm’s foray into the history of religion in the American Pacific WWII theater. He surfaces resonances between Post-Pearl Harbor Japanophobia and Post-9/11 Islamophobia. This is the fifth issue in our fourth... [Culture] [religion] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [Biblical Studies] [critical race theory] [history of american religions] [history of religion in america] [Race] [SBL] [WW2]
Ekaputra Tupamahu reframes Maya Aphornsuvan’s study of Chinese-American hip hop artist MC Jin in terms of hybridity and liminality in the imagined community of America. This is the third issue in our fourth volume on the Bible and Race. See our fi... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [asian-americans] [chinese-americans] [critical race theory] [evangelicalism] [Hip Hop] [hybridity] [imagined communities] [liminality] [MC Jin] [nationalism] [Rap]

6AM

Hilary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign has prompted a number of post-mortem pieces on the state of the Democratic Party. Not too long ago, pundits had predicted that Donald Trump’s nativism spelled the end of the Grand Ole Party. Now th... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [#AARSBL] [#sblaar] [asian-americans] [asians] [Clinton] [critical race theory] [Identity] [minorities] [Race] [SBL]

December 12, 8AM

In this response to Twila McAdams and Amanda Robbins, Dr. Lloyd Barba uses the 11/9/16 presidential election to examine the tensions between the socio-economic and racial history of Latina/o Pentecostalism and the admonitions of Latina/o liberative hermen... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [11/9] [bible reading] [hispanics] [latina/o] [Latino Americans] [latinx] [Pentecostalism]
For many Christians, the season of Advent is a time to reevaluate what is worthwhile in the world. The idea is that at season’s end, the birth of Christ brings a new formulation of life’s fundamentals. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the l... [scholarship] [Culture] [teaching] [religion] [Bible] [scripture] [scriptures] [Race] [Ethnicity] [Identity] [Hispanic Americans] [latinx] [hispanics] [bible and race]

November 16, 10PM

This weekend are the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. Scholars in these areas will be descending upon San Antonio, TX to discuss the ins and outs of their research. For those of you who’ve n... [Personal] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#digitalhumanities] [pedagogy]

November 5, 1PM

Today, we can speak casually of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Many of us are not required to think about, really think about, the effects of three hundred-plus years of “writing on backs” that lead to the movement. We are removed from the... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#blacklivesmatter] [#whatadoctorlookslike] [america] [American History] [Bible] [critical race theory] [Critical Theory] [decerteau] [election] [Portland] [Race] [scriptures] [theology]

10AM

In just a few short weeks, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will be holding their joint annual meeting. Recently, the AAR took up the tradition of bandying a theme; “Revolutionary Love.” Elsew... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#sblaar16] [AAR] [african american history] [African-American] [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [critical race theory] [Critical Theory] [cultural studies] [Race] [SBL]

October 28, 7AM

I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to read these essays which explored issues of race, scripture, and religion by analyzing discourses around issues of spirituality, indigeneity, and identity for Native Americans in relation to the Bible. As note... [Uncategorized] [teaching] [religion] [Culture] [scholarship] [Bible] [Theory] [scriptures] [Race] [america] [Rhetoric] [indignity]
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 ... [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [teaching] [#NoDAPL] [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [critical race theory] [Critical Theory] [cultural studies] [native american] [Race] [religious studies] [Society of Biblical Literature]

October 24, 6AM

In this edition in our Reading Race and Criminality series, Dr. Brad Stoddard examines the history and politics that frame Florida's experimentation with faith-based prison reform. … More Fear, Florida, and Faith-Based Prisons [Uncategorized] [Culture] [religion] [Christianity] [ethnography] [Evangelicals] [Prison] [prison industrial complex] [criminal justice] [Florida] [faith-based] [prisons] [Corrections]

September 25, 2PM

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, ques... [Culture] [religion] [teaching] [#acrel] [#sblaar] [AAR] [College] [cultural studies] [defintions] [religious studies] [SBL] [Theory]

September 19, 7AM

Beneath the fine print are tells from which the student gets a sense of your expectations for the learning experience--good, bad, and ugly. … More Syllabus as Contract, Syllabus as Charter [Uncategorized] [Anthropology] [Academia] [music] [classroom] [pedagogy] [higher education] [Language] [teaching] [College] [higher ed] [suzuki] [syllabus] [syllabi]

September 14, 11AM

As the 2016 US Presidential election continues to heat up, pundits are paying increased attention to the Bible and politics. However, the most telling moments are not who gets the Bible right -chapter and verse- but who is reading between the lines. ... [Uncategorized] [Biblical Studies] [Evangelicals] [falwell] [Interpretation] [politics] [Trump]

September 5, 11AM

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 pa... [Culture] [religion] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#thailand] [College] [digital humanities] [education] [elizabethtown college] [HigherEd] [humanities] [pedagogy] [podcasting] [Radio] [religious studies] [thai] [voa] [Vocation]

August 29, 6AM

What is it that we are are hoping students gain from our classes? What do we want them to experience? What excites us about what they'll bring to the table? What scares us about it? What are we too quick or too afraid to name in our courses of study? R... [Personal] [teaching] [#acrel] [Academia] [classroom] [College] [Critical Theory] [education] [higher ed] [higher education] [pedagogy] [religion] [Richard Newton] [Theory]

June 6, 2PM

Contrary to public debates on social difference, many conflicts happen at the crux of multiple cultural discourses. In this piece, Samantha Mundorff theorizes about the conflict around the Chinese Muslim population known as the Uighurs. She theorizes how ... [Culture] [religion] [Uncategorized] [china] [comparative religions] [Islam] [Muslims] [political science] [politics] [religious studies] [Uighur] [Uyghur]

May 16, 2PM

Emily Soltys considers our discussion of race and criminality in the USA. Building on Matthew Kuraska’s piece, she looks at the role of media and language in discussing the racialization of crime in America. Soltys is also a student at Elizabethtown Col... [Culture] [criminal justice] [criminality] [criminology] [critical criminology] [critical race theory] [higher ed] [higher education] [Law] [media] [media studies] [Race]

May 9, 5AM

Hannah Ciocco examines Black Lives Matter’s recent overtures among Christian communities, drawing parallels to the role of religion in the Civil Rights Movement. Ciocco draws upon the work of Broadcast Seeding guest, Drew G.I. Hart for insight on the ro... [Uncategorized] [Culture] [religion] [Christianity] [Race] [American Religious history] [civil rights] [#blacklivesmatter] [african american history] [#acrel] [black lives matter]

May 3, 11AM

Sam Epps explores the formation of Boko Haram and the lesser publicized effects it has had on Nigeria. See also Garrett Clark’s work on the aesthetics of Boko Haram’s violence. Both Elizabethtown College students are working with Dr. Richard Newto... [religion] [Uncategorized] [#acrel] [#bringbackourgirls] [Boko Haram] [Islamism] [religious studies] [terrorism] [violence]

April 25, 3AM

Matthew Kuraska takes the lead in a new series on Reading Race and Criminality. In this post, he investigates the history and effects of criminalizing blackness in American society. His research draws upon multimedia engagement with scholarship in critica... [Culture] [Uncategorized] [African-American] [Black culture] [Crime] [criminality] [criminology] [critical criminology] [implicit bias] [jail] [Prison] [Race] [streotypes]

April 18, 4AM

This week we feature the work of Andie Alexander, a Religious Studies graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder. She challenges us to probe narrations of the history of “American Religions.” With cutting insights into the scholarly literature... [Culture] [religion] [Uncategorized] [AAR] [American Academy of Religion] [American Religious history] [history] [history of american religions] [michelangelo antonioni] [NAASR] [religious studies]

April 4, 1PM

Garrett Clark considers the overlapping sensory experiences represented by Boko Haram’s flags, arguing that this synesthesia facilitates deep psychological violence. See other posts in our series Words to live by: the ethics of grammar, Millennials and ... [Uncategorized] [religion] [Islam] [terrorism] [Boko Haram] [Garrett Clark] [Flags] [Jihad]

March 21, 5AM

Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson continues our look at the power of words with a reflection on how the ethics of diction in the college classroom. See earlier posts on Millennials and persuasion, scriptures in public school, and sexual rhetoric in the Hebrew Bib... [scholarship] [teaching] [music] [education] [pedagogy] [higher education] [higher ed] [world music] [freire] [Pedagogy of the Oppressed]

March 14, 5AM

Our series on the power of words features a reflexive research essay by Abby Sanders. Her exegesis of “the temple prostitute” of Genesis 38 turned into an odyssey through the languages and desires of readers past. With the mentorship of Elizabethtown ... [religion] [teaching] [ancient Near East] [antiquity] [Biblical Studies] [Genesis] [SBL]

March 7, 4AM

Richard Newton began our series, “Words to Mean By,” with a look at the inner workings of truth-making. Our next installment is a case study in the seemingly volatile nature of a text deemed “religious.” In the example below, parents at an Americ... [teaching] [religion] [scripture] [scriptures] [Islam] [American Religious history] [#acrel] [history of religion in america] [calligraphy]

February 29, 5AM

A year ago I led an undergraduate viewing of the 2015 film, The Central Park Five. The movie chronicles how the New York City law and order establishment wrongfully imprisoned a quintet of black youth for the sexual assault of a white woman in 1989. In a ... [Culture] [scholarship] [teaching] [blacklive] [central park] [College] [common core] [cultural studies] [higher ed] [highereducation] [Instagram] [knowledge] [logic] [philsophy] [the central park five]

January 25, 11AM

January 5, 5AM

If one’s working definition of “religion” is more capacious than “beliefs in supernatural powers,” if the purpose of the course is to view American history and culture through the lens of “religion” – as a category of analysis, rather than... [Culture] [religion] [American History] [American Religious history] [american studies] [Episode VII] [history of religion in america] [movies] [Star Wars]

December 17 2015, 10PM

I am not so much interested in what religions exist in Star Wars but why they may be there and why we read the “texts” the way we do. Although space is a vacuum, Star Wars was not constructed there. Instead it was constructed in a context that influen... [Culture] [religion] [Uncategorized] [#acrel] [American Religious history] [Episode VII] [Nicholaus Pumphrey] [theforceawakens] [theology]

December 16, 9AM

So if you’ve read this blog post to determine whether Star Wars is a religion, I’m sorry but this is not the blog post you’re looking for.… More Forcing Religion into Star Wars: Another Episode of Scholarly Fiction [Culture] [religion] [scholarship] [Uncategorized] [#aarsbl15] [#acrel] [#nassr2015] [AAR] [Richard Newton] [SBL] [Star Wars]

December 6, 8PM

This October, we began our soft launch of Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations on Religion, Culture, and Teaching. You’ve encouraged our team to keep this thing going. We’re with you! We hope you’ll stay with us for our grand launch in January. T... [Uncategorized]

November 21, 1AM

Richard Newton moderates a panel on “Teaching the Bible with Technology,” a joint session of the Academic Teaching & Biblical Studies and Global Educational & Research Technology Program Units of the Society of Biblical Literature at t... [scholarship] [teaching] [Uncategorized] [#aarsbl15] [Biblical Studies] [Hebrew] [Koine Greek] [SBL] [Society of Biblical Literature] [Technology]

November 10, 2AM

. I came as an open book, ready to write my next chapters along the way. I had nothing planned for me, and it was the most refreshing feeling ever. After all, what was the worst thing that could happen?… More Religious Studies, or What’s the Worst... [religion] [#acrel] [#highed] [#thailand] [#work] [america] [blogging] [buddhism] [College] [humanities] [Life]

November 2, 11AM

I’m going to throw this out there: there’s no natural-fit position for the religious studies major. And that’s not a bad thing.… More Pyrrhic Victories, or Why Religious Studies is not a Natural-Fit [Uncategorized] [#acrel] [aaa] [aacademe] [Academia] [Anthropology] [apa] [higher ed] [higher education] [humanities] [political science] [religious studies]

October 16, 3AM

There is a need to be nuanced about this word. We need to focus on the systems that create oppression, and yet what do we do with the body, the body that experiences the tangible affects of a lack of privilege? Where do people and there experiences go?... [Culture] [#disability] [Bodies] [body] [critical disability studies] [critical race theory] [Critical Theory] [feminism] [privilege] [privilege4] [queer theroy] [women's studies]
There is a need to be nuanced about this word. We need to focus on the systems that create oppression, and yet what do we do with the body, the body that experiences the tangible affects of a lack of privilege? Where do people and there experiences go?... [Culture] [#disability] [Bodies] [body] [critical disability studies] [critical race theory] [Critical Theory] [feminism] [privilege] [privilege4] [queer theroy] [women's studies]

October 9, 3AM

When we tell an individual to “check your privilege,” we are in fact, putting ourselves in a position of power. It is as if our knowledge of their perceived privilege removes us from having any role within this system—enabling us to judge them.̷... [Culture] [religion] [#acrel] [classroom] [Diversity] [higher ed] [higher education] [HigherEd] [Identity] [Islam] [Max Weber] [politics] [privilege] [privilege3] [Race] [samantha poremba] [Sociology] [terrorism] [Weber]

October 8, 7PM

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?… More Guilty as Cha... [Culture] [classroom] [diviersity] [Gender] [higher ed] [Identity] [privilege] [privilege2] [Race] [sexuality] [social justice]

October 7, 4AM

Instead of trying to decide whether a Muslim kid of African descent really built a clock or just assembled its pieces from a hobby kit at Radio Shack, maybe we should be asking why that isn’t enough to merit recognition in a STEM-loving world with kids ... [Culture] [#blacklivesmatter] [#IStandWithAhmed] [comparison] [critical race theory] [Diversity] [games] [Identity] [privilege] [privilege1] [Race] [Richard Newton]

October 3, 7AM

In “Comparing the Games We Play: The Limits of Privilege-Checking,” Richard Newton questioned the tactics of policing privilege. Amanda Robbins reflects on the effects of this discourse, musing on ways to constructively discuss privilege. In thi... [Culture] [religion] [#acrel] [classroom] [Diversity] [HigherEd] [Identity] [Islam] [privilege] [samantha poremba] [Sociology]

October 1, 7PM

Sowing the Seed is student-scholar collaborative that models enriched conversation on the issues too important not to talk about. Contributors come from across the humanities and social sciences, sharing their insights in the interest of making the academ... [Uncategorized]
Sowing the Seed is a student-scholar collaborative that models enriched conversation on the issues too important not to talk about. Contributors come from across the humanities and social sciences, sharing their insights in the interest of making the acad... [Uncategorized]
In “Comparing the Games We Play: The Limits of Privilege-Checking,” Richard Newton questioned the tactics of policing privilege. Amanda Robbins reflects on the effects of this discourse, musing on ways to converse critically and construct... [Culture] [classroom] [diviersity] [Gender] [higher ed] [Identity] [privilege] [Race] [sexuality] [social justice]

September 26, 1PM

This course uses the graphic novel Watchmen to raise questions about what makes people tick—specifically what moves humans to act meaningfully. By watching how this layered and larger-than-life drama plays out, we will gain a better understanding of the... [Uncategorized]

September 25, 4AM

Instead of trying to decide whether a Muslim kid of African descent really built a clock or just assembled its pieces from a hobby kit at Radio Shack, maybe we should be asking why that isn’t enough to merit recognition in a STEM-loving world with kids ... [Culture] [#blacklivesmatter] [#IStandWithAhmed] [comparison] [critical race theory] [Diversity] [games] [Identity] [privilege] [Race]

August 5, 7AM

My friend and colleague, Amey Victoria Adkins, served up the commentary on Charleston that I needed to read. “Before I Wake” is live over at Syndicate Theology. It features one of the most vivid accounts of baptism in the Black Church traditi... [religion] [theology] [Christianity] [Race] [American Religious history] [Black culture] [African-American] [#blacklivesmatter] [#fergusonsyllabus] [Charleston] [Black Church] [baptism]
My friend and colleague, Amey Victoria Adkins, served up the commentary on Charleston that I needed to read. “Before I Wake” is live over at Syndicate Theology. It features one of the most vivid accounts of baptism in the Black Church traditi... [religion] [#blacklivesmatter] [#fergusonsyllabus] [African-American] [American Religious history] [baptism] [Black Church] [Black culture] [Charleston] [Christianity] [Race] [Richard Newton] [theology]

6AM

Irony is pining for an audience that grows receptive in the moments when you least want to write. America’s racial fault lines are opening spaces for new voices. And at times being asked to fill the prescient void with my reflections seems like a co... [Personal]
Irony is pining for an audience that grows receptive in the moments when you least want to write. America’s racial fault lines are opening spaces for new voices. And at times being asked to fill the prescient void with my reflections seems like a co... [Personal] [blogging] [Conversation] [echo chamber] [Richard Newton] [Writing]

August 1, 1PM

This course uses the graphic novel Watchmen to raise questions about what makes people tick—specifically what moves humans to act meaningfully. By watching how this layered and larger-than-life drama plays out, we will gain a better understanding of the... [Uncategorized]

July 21, 9AM

 Have you ever asked yourself what you need to read to join an academic conversation? The American Academy of Religion has compiled a recommended reading list. The suggestions come from chairs of the guild’s program units (i.e. sub-fields). They h... [religion] [theology] [SBL] [religious studies] [higher education] [AAR] [college #acrel] [canon] [#sblaar] [#AARSBL] [rsllc]
 Have you ever asked yourself what you need to read to join an academic conversation? The American Academy of Religion has compiled a recommended reading list. The suggestions come from chairs of the guild’s program units (i.e. sub-fields). They h... [religion] [#AARSBL] [#sblaar] [AAR] [canon] [college #acrel] [higher education] [religious studies] [rsllc] [SBL] [theology]

July 19, 5PM

In the journey to become American, communities necessarily must contend with the Bible and race. Although there’s no hard and fast rule (currently) that dictates this, history has shown the Bible and race to not only be crucial but also interrelated... [Uncategorized] [#blacklivesmatter] [america] [american studies] [Bible] [black studies] [College] [Culture] [ethnic studies] [higher ed] [higher education] [HigherEd] [pedagogy] [Race] [religion]
In the journey to become American, communities necessarily must contend with the Bible and race. Although there’s no hard and fast rule (currently) that dictates this, history has shown the Bible and race to not only be crucial but also interrelated... [Uncategorized] [#blacklivesmatter] [america] [american studies] [Bible] [black studies] [College] [Culture] [ethnic studies] [higher ed] [higher education] [HigherEd] [pedagogy] [Race] [religion]

11AM

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... [Uncategorized] [religion] [Anthropology] [scripture] [cultural studies] [ethnography] [scriptures] [Culture] [Ethnicity] [higher education] [teaching] [College] [higher ed] [Gender] [Sociology] [#acrel] [women studies] [Gender Studies]

4AM

The Arabic term, Islam, connotes peace and submission. As a religion, Islam describes humanity’s struggle (jihad) to rest in God’s (Allah) peace. The course will explore the sights, sounds, and social sensations that have emerged over the religion... [Uncategorized] [College] [digital humanities] [higher ed] [higher education] [Interfaith] [Islam] [Islamic studies] [pedagogy] [religion]

July 15, 7PM

The New Testament is a collection of first-century Mediterranean notes between people interested in the burgeoning Jesus movement. Translated, edited, and collated, these writings have since become a touchstone in the cultural heritage of the West. We wil... [Uncategorized] [#acrel] [American Religious history] [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [Christianity] [church of the brethren] [classroom] [College] [New Testament] [religion] [scripture] [scriptures]

July 13, 9AM

What if the study of religion started with the African American experience? Instead of privileging a specific tradition, this course examines the history of a people who came to a new world compelled to quickly learn the significance of “religion&#... [teaching] [religion] [cultural studies] [SBL] [Academia] [Academe] [Culture] [education] [American Religious history] [religious studies] [higher education] [African-American] [AAR] [College] [digiped] [#etownengage] [#blacklivesmatter] [#fergusonsyllabus] [Critical Theory] [elizabethtown college] [#acrel] [highgered] [signfiying] [rel101]

July 9, 4AM

Business Insider recently shared a thought-provoking video on the spread of religion around the world. Producer Alex Kuzoian used a spinning globe to map the spread of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in under three minutes. A timeline... [Culture] [religion] [Anthropology] [communication] [cultural studies] [American Religious history] [roots] [alex haley] [america] [African-American] [digiped] [Critical Theory] [ethnic studies] [Identity] [mapping]

June 12, 8AM

Few teachers want to spend their much deserved summer breaks in a professional development workshop. But the faculty at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences are hardcore. Their team invited me to lead a session on using third screen (or mobile device... [teaching] [classroom] [digiped] [digital native] [education] [fourth screen] [HigherEd] [hypbridped] [mobile devices] [pchs] [pedagogy] [Technology] [third screen]

May 24, 6PM

  I should be good at chess. I’m a big picture guy with an eye for strategy. Problem solving is my wheelhouse. And when it comes to the serious, I play to win.  But for the life of me I cannot win a game. It’s a wonder that I even ma... [Personal] [chess] [games] [Life] [losing] [Reflections] [Winning] [Writing]

May 14, 3AM

To be clear, I'm not against statistics. We can qualify "religion." We can quantify "religion." But words and numbers represent human relationships (and thus, politics). Religious studies is about striving to see them more clearly. The discipline doesn't... [Culture] [religion] [teaching] [Christianity] [humanities] [nones] [Pew] [religious studies] [Sociology] [Sociology of Religion] [statistics]

April 27, 8AM

  The Institute for Signifying Scriptures is an independent research organization focused on investigating the dynamics associated with “scriptures.” The conversation takes serious the category’s development and deployment in Wester... [Culture] [Personal] [religion] [scholarship] [Anthropology] [comparative religion] [Graduate School] [higher ed] [ISS] [religious studies] [scripture] [scriptures] [World Religions]

March 27, 6PM

The Wabash Center is a premier space for professional development for educators in Religious Studies and Theology. Through workshops, consultations, a journal, and a number of social media projects, the center has played a substantial  part in the develo... [Personal] [teaching] [#blacklivesmatter] [AAR] [African-American] [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [Black culture] [classroom] [College] [higher ed] [higher education] [pedagogy] [Race] [religious studies] [SBL] [theology] [Wabash]

March 3, 9AM

If you follow me on Twitter, I may have blown up your feed with dispatches from #LancLearns. Lancaster Learns is a seven-college collaborative conference “to promote quality teaching and learning by building capacity for evidence-based pedagogy and ... [teaching] [#LancLearns] [Academia] [doceri] [higher ed] [higher education] [hybrid pedagogy] [mobile devices] [pedagogy] [poll everywhere] [Technology] [third screen]

6AM

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolfpack.”  The five would spend years in prison fo... [Culture] [#blacklivesmatter] [#etownengage] [#fergusonsyllabus] [elizabethtown college] [higher education] [politics] [Race] [the central park five]

February 18, 7AM

Last June was a pretty raucous time for me. I was finishing up my dissertation on the politics of scriptures. I was packing boxes to move from LA to PA. And I was doing a lot of dreaming, not just about what was coming next, but also about what I would be... [Uncategorized] [college studetns] [Culture] [feb2015 issue] [identity cards] [identity politics] [Immigration] [religion] [Teenagers]

6AM

The Back to the Future trilogy is part of my personal canon. I mean who doesn’t love hover boards and Huey Lewis & the News? But for all of its whimsy, it makes a profound statement about human fathoming. The films are a meditation on the paradox th... [Personal] [scholarship] [Academia] [back to the future] [blogging] [feb2015 issue] [memories] [Time] [year in review]
On February 16, I had the pleasure of thinking aloud at Hamilton College. And a what great place to be! In the morning I guest taught in Brent Rodriguez-Plate’s course, Religious Diversity in the USA. We looked at The Autobiography of Malcolm X as t... [Uncategorized] [African-American] [alex haley] [American Religious history] [Bible] [Biblical Studies] [Black culture] [Christianity] [feb2015 issue] [hamilton college] [malcolm x] [Pilgrimage] [tcu]

January 30, 11AM

9AM

To work in religious studies is to constantly ask, “What are we talking about again?..Who’s doing what?…How does that work?” There’s been a lot of cool stuff in the news showcasing what many of us think the discipline is abou... [religion] [Culture] [Charlie Hebdo] [Critical Theory] [Discourse] [religious studies]

January 25, 8PM

One pedagogical bandwagon that I’ve been happy to board is the move to rethink assessment.How do we teach in such a way that evaluation is a means rather than an ends in the learning process? Educator Robert Talbert has been moving from traditional ... [teaching] [education] [flipped classroom] [flipped learning] [grading] [higher ed] [standards-based grading]

January 13, 7PM

LancasterOnline’s Tim Stuhldreher spoke to my colleagues and I about what the #FergusonSyllabus looks like at Elizabethtown College. Check out his article, “College events look at Post-Ferguson, Race, Justice Questions.” Click here t... [teaching] [#blacklivesmatter] [#fergusonsyllabus] [#LNPEE] [Academe] [Academia] [higher ed] [higher education]

6PM

My take on Sir Ridley Scott's Exodus story. Featured in LancasterOnline's Faith and Values section. [Culture] [religion] [African-American] [Bible] [Exodus] [film] [Race]

11AM

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... [Uncategorized]

7AM

  In her article for The Independent, Rose Troup Buchanan highlights comments mades by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who described feeling “like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan” during his confrontation with teenager... [Uncategorized]

5AM

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, N... [Uncategorized]

November 24 2014, 2PM

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 befittin... [religion] [scholarship] [#SBLAAR14] [AAR] [class] [Gender] [religious studies] [rwce] [SBL]

November 19, 11AM

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... [Uncategorized] [#SBLAAR14]

October 8, 5AM

The idea is to create an environment where students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and to get help when they can't figure something out on their own. [religion] [teaching] [classroom] [College] [cultural studies] [Culture] [education] [higher education] [liberal arts] [pedagogy] [religious studies] [SBL] [scholarship] [standards-based grading] [students]

September 12, 12 PM

On August 29, 2014, members of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion shared tweets on what they had been taught as students and what they are teaching now as professors. Thanks to everybody who was a part of it. And a s... [religion] [teaching]

September 3, 10AM

Yesterday in my Bible and Race in the United States of America class, I asked students how differently they might read the Bible were it introduced with the following disclaimer: [Culture] [religion] [teaching] [america] [Bible] [cartoons] [education] [hermeneutics] [media] [pedagogy] [pop-culture] [Race] [warner bros. film]

August 27, 7AM

This fall I joined Elizabethtown College as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. The department is situated in a comprehensive liberal arts college with historical roots in Church of the Brethren. Students of all disciplines may take Religious Stu... [religion] [teaching] [AAR] [African-American] [Anthropology] [Black culture] [College] [cultural studies] [higher ed] [higher education] [liberal arts] [religious studies] [signifying] [Theory] [World Religions]

August 20, 7AM

But we cannot forget that the default mode for schooling (from Early Childhood to HigherEd) is pen and paper...When we talk digital note-taking and other electronic engagement, we must consider that most students--let alone, teachers-- are picking up skil... [teaching] [Academe] [Academia] [computers] [digiped] [edtech] [education] [higher ed] [pedagogy]

August 13, 5AM

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... [Culture] [activism] [African-American] [black] [Ferguson] [Mike Brown] [Prison] [prison industrial complex] [Race] [violence]

August 6, 11AM

A lot of people like the idea of having a graduate degree. Few can imagine themselves actually going to graduate school. But for those thinking about undertaking advanced study, take a serious look at a slightly different proposal: Can you see yourself fi... [teaching] [Academe] [Academia] [College] [education] [Graduate School] [humanities] [liberal arts] [masters] [PhD] [scholarships]

July 29, 4AM

After a month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am still baffled by the lack of fenced yards. When living in the Republic of Texas and the California Republic, I would have erected a fence before fixing a leaky roof. But here in the cradle of US free... [Culture] [america] [border] [children] [heremenutics] [Immigration] [Interpretation] [Mexico] [poetry] [politics] [robert frost] [us-mexico]

July 23, 7AM

For a moment can we put aside images of a god who would sacrifice a child to save the world or destroy the world save for one family? Whatever one makes of such images, we cease to be human if their imagery fails to haunt us. [Culture] [religion] [Bible] [Bob Dylan] [Facebook] [israel] [Lincoln] [melville] [Moby Dick] [news] [Palestine] [scripture]

August 11 2013, 1PM

A space dedicated to discuss the craft and content of teaching in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology. [teaching] [education] [higher ed] [pedagogy] [religious studies] [seminarium] [seminary] [theology]

11AM

I have never really felt comfortable with the division between teaching and scholarship. The challenges and insights of my students inspire me to research. And my best works are those that have been vetted in the classroom. My primary area of study is the... [scholarship] [Anthropology] [biblezines] [cultural studies] [maccabees] [religion] [SBL] [teaching]

May 2, 11PM

There’s no way of getting around it. Some student will ask me why I don’t cover “X” religion in my survey course. It happens all the time. And I usually tell them how, given our limited time together, we can only cover so many trad... [religion] [teaching] [Culture] [higher education] [indian] [native american] [sikhism]

April 24, 8PM

The 411 on the app that transformed my teaching. [Uncategorized] [doceri] [education] [flipped classroom] [ipad] [teaching]

April 23, 10PM

Occasional reflections on 21st century Religious Studies scholarship. [Uncategorized] [fte]

September 16 2012, 9PM

Recently my research was featured in Claremont Graduate University's magazine. [Uncategorized] [CGU] [scholarship]

November 17 2011, 9AM

In 2011, I had the pleasure of serving as Claremont Graduate University’s On-Site Representative for the Society of Biblical Literature. I was the liaison between the university’s members and the guild. For one of our professional development ... [Uncategorized] [AAR] [about me] [classroom] [OSR] [SBL]
This project demonstrates how a comparative framework can assist students read unfamiliar texts. Juxtaposing the ever-evocative “Biblezine” with the more apocryphal 4 Maccabees, I show how critical and comparative theories can enrich and enliv... [Uncategorized] [biblezines] [maccabees] [Projects] [religion] [scripture] [scriptures] [teaching]

October 29, 6PM

I love my iPad 2. I know there are a lot of similar devices out there, but the iPad has a teaching utility that I just haven’t seen on other devices. I’m talking about the $50 app called “Doceri.” This program allows you to turn yo... [teaching] [classroom] [doceri1] [ipad] [Projects]

March 11, 11AM

The Parable of the Sower has a rich reception history. Though scholarly interpretations vary among historical, literary, and social-scientific critics, all camps agree that the story makes for a poignant commentary on the human condition. The theological ... [Uncategorized] [Projects]

October 18 2010, 8PM

During the nation’s bicentennial, a media phenomena captivated the attention of American reading and television audiences. Alex Haley’s award-winning work broached the contested role of black people in the United States. The novel and miniseries locat... [Uncategorized] [African-American] [alex haley] [Black culture] [Culture] [literature] [negro] [Projects] [roots]