Leadership Workshop: The Religion Major and Liberal Education
|Date:||Friday, November 16, 2006, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM|
Amid changing global and academic contexts, what is the nature and role of the religion major? What are its goals, and how do they relate to the goals of a liberal education? How do we know if we are succeeding in meeting these goals? This workshop brought together a distinguished group of experts to lead a day-long, interactive discussion of the religion major. Through plenaries, panels, and breakout sessions, participants explored and shared challenges, best practices, success stories, and failures. The workshop is part of an eighteen month-long joint AAR/Teagle Foundation project to study the religion major.
Leaders and Panelists included:
- Richard Carp, Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University
- Dena Pence, Executive Director of the Wabash Center
- Stephen Prothero, Chair of Religious Studies, Boston University, and author of Religious Literacy
- Timothy Renick, Chair of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, and principal investigator for the AAR/Teagle
- initiative on the Religion Major and Liberal Arts
- Working Group Members, AAR/Teagle initiative on the Religion Major and Liberal Arts
- Introduction: Why Religious Studies?
- Establishing the Religious Studies Major: Stories from the Trenches (interactive session)
- Religious Studies Across the Curriculum: Th e Interdisciplinary Nature of the Major (panel discussion)
- The Major in Diff erent Institutional Contexts/Diff erent Models for the Major (interactive session)
- What Has Worked? What Has Not? (panel discussion followed by a break-out session)
- Summary: What Have We Learned—as a Discipline and Today?
The workshop was of benefit to a range of participants: faculty, administrators, and graduate students. The goal was to bring a diverse group of AAR members together in a lively and open discussion about what it means to major in religion, what our field contributes (and should contribute) to the education of our students, and how we can be better at what we do.