Returning to Campus:

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Religious Studies Scholars

A Public Scholars Project Webinar

Recorded July 14, 2020


The discussion focused on tools and resources for religious studies scholars who are committed to addressing anti-Black racism in teaching and public scholarship and creating significant online learning experiences. Participants also discussed how to respond to disruptions to academic labor during the pandemic, including the challenge of disrupted tenure processes. Presenters were John Camardella, education fellow at the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School; David McConeghy, co-editor and co-host of the Religious Studies Project; and Yolanda Pierce, professor and dean of the Howard University School of Divinity. The webinar included a presentation and extended Q&A.

This webinar was hosted by the Public Scholars Project, a joint initiative of the Public Understanding of Religion Committee of the American Academy of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute. Webinars feature scholars and practitioners who can provide tools, resources and recommendations for presenting in a variety of settings (e.g., social media, news, public events and community gatherings) about a range of topics. The Public Scholars Project created this webinar series to help scholars hone their skills at communicating with a variety of publics.