On Thursday, November 4th, we will be having a special workshop discussion on pedagogy. We have three very interesting documents to discuss.
1) The transcript of a special panel on teaching the History of Christianity from the American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual meeting
2) A brief guide to the critical review of texts
3) A collection of reflections on pedagogy from past winners of the AAR Excellence in Teaching award
The collection of reflections on pedagogy can be accessed at http://www.rsnonline.org/images/pdfs/2009OctSpotlightonTeaching.pdf
Copies of the other two documents can be obtained by emailing me at email@example.com
And, as we like to give you a bit more of a taste for our workshops on this blog, here is an excerpt from the AAR transcript, featuring our very own Clark Gilpin:
W. Clark Gilpin: When asked what I do, I say that I teach the modern history of Christianity. Modernity in this phrase dramatically accentuates three broad and perennial issues in the longer history of Christianity:
1. The relation of Christianity to a highly differentiated social order that includes many alternative ways of interpreting the world and behaving within society: psychology, anthropology, law, medicine, economics, and so on;
2. The relation of Christianity to multiple human spiritual traditions that the modern West has grouped together as religion;
3. The relation of Christianity to itself, in modern social settings in which many different Christianities are vigorously interacting in distinctive ways not only with the politics, science, and economics of a differentiated social order but also with the surrounding spiritual traditions – in short, the question of tradition.
What are some other ways to imagine the teaching of modern Christianity? What about the teaching of religious history in general–both other traditions and other time periods? How do we teach change over time, context, and diversity within traditions? What are our various responsibilities to our students?
Time: 12:00, Thursday, November 4, 2010
Place: Swift Hall, Room 400
Food: Snacks provided, feel free to bring your lunch!
Paper: Copies of the two documents are available via email by contacting
Hope to see you there!
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