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2009 Leadership Workshop

Three Religion Majors Meet in a Café: What Do They Have in Common?

Date: Friday, November 6, 2009, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Where: Montréal, QC, Canada

The Leadership Workshop is arranged by the Academic Relations Committee, chaired by Fred Glennon.

The Teagle/AAR Working Group, which produced the White Paper “The Religion Major and Liberal Education,” identified five common characteristics that suggest the religious studies major is by its very nature intercultural and comparative, multidisciplinary, critical, integrative, and creative and constructive.

In this interactive workshop, participants will have an opportunity to discover and discuss this constellation of characteristics. They will then explore the presence of these characteristics in the design of majors in different institutional contexts (small public, large public, private, and theological). The workshop will conclude with presentations and discussions about how we address these characteristics in ways attentive both to our responsibilities as educators and to the students and the reasons they are in our programs.

This is the first in a three-year sequence of workshops that will explore the implications of the Teagle White Paper.

Preliminary Agenda:

9:00 AM-9:15 AM      Introduction (L. DeAne Lagerquist, St. Olaf College)
     
9:15 AM-10:00 AM  

The Convergent Characteristics of the Religious Studies Major: Findings of the Teagle Working Group (Eugene V. Gallagher, the Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College and founding director of the Mankoff Center for Teaching and Learning)

     
10:00 AM-10:45 AM  

Institutional Perspectives: How these characteristics play out in different institutional contexts

  • Theological Schools (Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Vanderbilt University)
  • Large Public Universities (Manuel Vasquez, University of Florida)
  • Small Public Universities/Colleges (Paul Bowlby, St. Mary’s University)
  • Private Universities/Colleges (Darryl Caterine, Le Moyne College)
     
10:45 AM-11:00 AM   Break
     
11:00 AM-12:00 N   Break out session (by institutional context)
     
12:00 N-1:00 PM   Lunch
     
1:00 PM-2:00 PM  

Student Dynamics: How Do We Address the Five Characteristics in Ways Attentive to Our Students and the Reasons They Are There; i.e., Preparing for Graduate School, for Seminary, “Just Interested,” or Fulfilling a Requirement or Elective (Patricia O’Connell Killen, Pacific Lutheran University)

     
2:00 PM-2:45 PM  

Breakout Session (random small groups with ARC members as Facilitators)

     
2:45 PM-3:00 PM   Break
     
3:00 PM-4:00 PM  

Plenary wrap up: What have we learned?  (Eugene V. Gallagher, Connecticut College)