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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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