Welcome to 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 Newseum Institute. This page is designed to archive the seminars and resources that equip scholars of religion to effectively communicate in the public sphere and foster religious literacy.
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 to 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 – 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 to participate in two practically focused sessions of 80 minutes each, following a short introductory session. A range of professionals have been invited to 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 to 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 to enrich collections, museum education, and more. We are pleased to 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 to 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 to communicate to 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 to notions of justice, emotion, and aesthetics as they relate to the common good within plural socio-political contexts.
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