Nov
17
Fri
Practical Skills for the Public Scholar @ Boston, Massachusetts | The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Practical Skills for the Public Scholar @ Boston, Massachusetts | The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

In this extraordinary time of political and social unrest, scholars of religion are frequently called upon – or feel compelled – to share their knowledge and perspective with those outside the academy. In this role as public scholars, they may speak with journalists, write for a broad audience, engage with policymakers or elected officials, meet with religious communities or local schools, or more. At this workshop, participants will work with professionals from government, the media, advocacy groups and others in a series of case studies, simulations, and conversations designed to hone the practical skills of the public scholar.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will be given the opportunity participate in two practically-focussed sessions of 80 minutes each, following a short introductory session. A range of professionals has been invited to facilitate 5 sessions.

When you sign up for the workshop please email Steve Herrick (sherrick@aarweb.org) to indicate your preferences for sessions (label them 1-5, with 1 for the most preferred). There are 10 spaces per session and each session will run twice during the afternoon.

  • Liz Kineke, CBS, How to Respond to Requests for Information from Journalists
  • Vanessa Zoltan, Harvard University, Learning How to Speak for Camera and Radio
  • Simran Jeet Singh, Trinity University, The Effective Use of Social Media
  • Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, Chicago Theological Seminary, Writing for the Internet
  • Evan Berry, American University, Bridging the Gap between Policy and Academic Research

This program is being presided over by Professor Emma Tomalin from the University of Leeds and Benjamin P Marcus, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

This program is a part of the Public Scholars Project, which is co-sponsored by the AAR Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.