From Religious Literacy to Social Action: How I Discuss the Global Refugee Crisis Within Our Classes (Younus Mirza, Allegheny)

Younus Mirza, Asst. Prof. of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Allegheny College Question: Can site visits be used to teach interreligious engagement and democratic participation? Every semester I take my students to Erie,PA to visit a mosque in order to help them connect many of the themes… Read More

The Risks and Rewards of Teaching Pop Culture

Amity Reading Department of English DePauw University Like any other discipline, medieval literature has its own unique challenges when it comes to teaching. If students can manage to get past the complicated historical context, convoluted language, and sometimes inscrutable narrative digressions, they are still frequently left with a paradoxical kind… Read More

Changing Campus Culture One Conversation at a Time…(Drs. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis and Deirdre D. Johnston, Hope College)

Dr. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis (Professor of Psychology) and Dr. Deirdre D. Johnston (Department of Communication), Hope College We recently attended a professional conference on “Teaching Peace in the Context of Political Polarization and Partisan Divides.” During the Q & A of the plenary address, members of the audience raised questions,… Read More

Peter Rutkoff: Creating a Democratic Classroom: Project-Based Learning, Dewey, and Other Pedagogical Oddities in the Liberal Arts

Peter Rutkoff, Professor of American Studies, Kenyon College (with occasional commentary by students in italics) PART I It took more than forty years, but this time I found my way to shape a classroom culture that balanced progressive theory and practice. It simply felt right. I’d been talking about a… Read More