Scholars of religion explore effective ways to use social media to communicate to the public about religious studies.
Participants will reflect upon various ways for public engagement, particularly the use of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn) and video & audio (e.g., YouTube, podcasting).
During this webinar, we will feature the work of Rabbi Joshua Stanton and Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes co-editor emeriti of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. Rabbi Stanton will discuss how Interreligious Studies has emerged as a field of its own and created new roles for religious and ethical leaders as scholars and practitioners. Santon is currently the Associate Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey. Dr. Varnon-Hughes is the director of cross-cultural and interfaith programs at Claremont Lincoln University.
We will also feature the public scholarship of Andrew Henry, a Ph.D candidate in religious studies, at Boston University. Andrew is the host of Religion for Breakfast, a YouTube channel committed to the academic study of religion. His work explores how YouTube can not only function as a pedagogical tool but also as a platform for growing an audience and fostering that audience into an engaged online community.
This webinar is a program of the Public Scholars Project, a joint initiative of the American Academy of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, Washington, DC. Designed to equip scholars of religion to more effectively communicate in the public square, and thus to foster broader religious literacy, the Public Scholars Project offers seminars and resources for AAR members who seek to enhance their media and civic literacies.