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Key Historical Themes in Religion & Culture for Social Studies & ELA Educators Reading List

Key Historical Themes in Religion & Culture for Social Studies & ELA Educators Reading List

I guess one of the positives of COVID in an academic perspective for me is that this summer there were virtual opportunities available for professional development (PD). Considering I am now 8 months pregnant, there was no way Will & I were going to travel around like we normally do. This summer, I participated in only one content-specific PD (my other 2 PDs were school-based and more on teaching than learning). This was put on by Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. Normally, if you did not live nearby, you’d have to pay to travel to the program without compensation. The fact that it is available virtual means people like me, from Florida, can participate!

What I really liked about this PD is that is was not just a rehash of the basics of the five major world religions but more about religion in practice & its intersection with other aspects of general life. The reading list reflects the complex nature of this PD, so this would not be considered a “brief” introduction on world religions. If you are looking for a reading list that covers some of those elements try these resources provided by the program:

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Here’s the general reading list for Key Historical Themes in Religion & Culture for Social Studies & ELA Educators:

Day 1:

Introduction

Comparing Religions in Public (Schools)

Religion & Science

Day 2:

Religion & Nature

Indigeneity, Paganism, & the Future of the Past

Visiting the tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Seville Cathedral.

Day 3:

Complicating Columbus

Religion, Healing, & YA Literature

Day 4:

Religion & Immigration

  • Eichman, Jennifer. “Prominent Nuns: Influential Taiwanese Voices.” Religion in Asia Today. September 2011, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 345-373

Religion & Justice

JMF

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