Video Archive

Welcome – the private archive page of the Public Scholars Project, a joint initiative of the American Academy of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. This page is designed – archive the seminars and resources that equip scholars of religion – effectively communicate in the public sphere and foster religious literacy.

Religious Studies and Immigration: Tips for Sharing Scholarship with the Public

Sept. 12, 2018

The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute invites you to attend our September webinar, Religious Studies and Immigration: Tips for Sharing Scholarship with the Public. We will discuss how scholars of religion and immigration can engage different publics to raise the visibility of their work. We are pleased to host co-presenters Jennie Bell, faith community organizer for the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Program, Sylvia Chan-Malik, associate professor at Rutgers, and Janelle Wong, professor at the University of Maryland. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religion and Sexuality: Tips for Sharing Scholarship With the Public

June 14, 2018

We will discuss how scholars of religion and sexuality can engage different publics to raise the visibility of their work. We are pleased to host co-presenters Lacette Cross, Founder of Will You Be Whole Ministries, Randall Miller, Global Religions Director at the Arcus Foundation, and Brian Pellot, Director of Global Strategy at Religion News Service. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religious Studies in Television and Film: Promising Venues for Public Scholarship

April 12, 2018

In this webinar, we will discuss how religious studies scholars can engage different publics through television and film. We are pleased to host co-presenters Liz Kineke, producer at CBS Religion & Culture, Daniel Tutt, director of programs and producer at Unity Productions Foundation, and Michael Wakelin, executive producer at TBI Media. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Islam and America: Tips for Sharing Scholarship with the Public

March 14, 2018

In this Public Scholars Project webinar we discuss how scholars of Islam and American public life can engage different publics to raise the visibility of their work.

Co-presenters:

  • Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at ISPU
  • Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology
  • Asma Uddin, Fellow with the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations

Religious Studies and Journalism: Promising Venues for Public Scholarship

Feb. 13, 2018

We will discuss how scholars of religion can engage different publics through print and online journalism. We are pleased – host co-presenters Debra Mason, Janet Saidi, and Joel Campbell. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religion and Ecology: Tips for Sharing Scholarship on Religion and the Environment with the Public

Jan. 12, 2018

We will discuss how scholars of religion, the environment, ecology, and/or climate change can engage different publics – raise the visibility of their work. We are pleased – host co-presenters John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, both of whom are senior lecturers and research scholars at Yale University. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religion in Radio and Podcasts: Promising Venues for Scholarship

Dec. 13, 2017

We will discuss how scholars of religion can engage different publics by creating their own podcasts or joining existing podcasts or radio shows as guest speakers. We are pleased – host co-presenters Graham Griffith, career public radio producer; David Robertson, co-founder of the Religious Studies Project; and Lex Rofeberg, co-host of the “Judaism Unbound” podcast. Kate Soules of the Religious Freedom Center will moderate the discussion. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


The Public Scholars Project Workshop: Practical Skills for the Public Scholar

Nov. 17, 2017

In this extraordinary time of political and social unrest, scholars of religion are frequently called upon – or feel compelled – – 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 – hone the practical skills of the public scholar.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will be given the opportunity – participate in two practically focused sessions of 80 minutes each, following a short introductory session. A range of professionals have been invited – facilitate 5 sessions. Presenters include: Liz Kineke, CBS Religion & Culture; Vanessa Zoltan, Harvard University; Simran Jeet Singh, Trinity University; Susan B. Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary; and Evan Berry, American University.


Sharing Scholarship About Religious Persecution: How to Make People Care

Oct. 11, 2017

We will discuss how scholars of religion can engage different publics, including policymakers, about religious persecution at home and abroad. We are pleased – host co-presenters Rosalind Hackett, professor, University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Daniel Philpott, professor, University of Notre Dame; and Katayoun Kishi, research associate, Pew Research Center. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religion in Museums: Promising Venues for Public Scholarship

Sept. 14, 2017

We will discuss how scholars of religion can engage museum staff – enrich collections, museum education, and more. We are pleased – host co-presenters Yolanda Pierce (dean, Howard University School of Divinity, former curator and director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate (associate professor, Hamilton College, co-editor of Religion in Museums: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives), and Eric Williams (curator of religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture). The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.


Religious Studies in K-12 Public Education

uly 13, 2017

We will discuss how scholars of religion can engage different stakeholders in K-12 public education in the United States. We are pleased – have Lauren Kerby (Religious Literacy Project, Harvard Divinity School), Mike Waggoner (Professor, University of Northern Iowa, and Editor, Religion & Education), and Scott Abbott (Director of Social Studies, D.C. Public Schools) leading the discussion. The webinar will include a presentation and Q&A.


Scholar as Activist, Commentator, Specialist

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016


Why Us? Why Now?

Oct. 5, 2016

Join members of the American Academy of Religion’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion for a discussion about the various ways scholars of religion use media – communicate – the public about religious studies. In this episode, participants consider the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges of being a “public scholar” at different stages and locations in one’s career. During this webinar, we will feature the work of Nichole M. Flores, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. Dr. Flores speaks, writes and teaches about the significance of Catholic ethics in plural social, political, and ecclesial contexts. Her research emphasizes the contributions of Catholic and U.S. Latino/a theologies – notions of justice, emotion, and aesthetics as they relate – the common good within plural socio-political contexts.

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