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Have you seen the new port from Auburn Theological Seminary?

We think it's very good at naming societal realities, yet points to some “Bright Spots” where theological education is responding well to the emerging needs of Christian ministry.

What are your thoughts?
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Will you be at AAR/SBL this year? We hope to see you there:
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We're excited to introduce NEW Teaching Seminars for Doctoral Students!

Deadline to apply is September 19th! Read more at the link below:
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New blog post today by Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield!

"In the last few days, I have turned my attention exclusively toward preparation for school. I have my head down as I put finishing touches on my syllabi, design learning activities, schedule guest colleagues, locate films, and order art supplies. My mode is one of efficiency and my mood is closed off. I am, in my planning, working from an attitude of indubitability. I have a clarity about what I will teach, how I will teach and what my students will learn."
Nancy Lynne Westfield<br> Associate Professor of Religious Education<br> Drew Theological School<br><br> My grandmother used to speak in adages, parables, metaphors, similes and symbols. Now I call her proclivity for language, literature, and meaning-making “wisdom-speak.” Then, I thought she was being corny. She knew her wisdom-speak was meant to teach me
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New blog post today on our "Teaching Islam" blog by Dr. Elliott Bazzano of Le Moyne College.
"Usually, on the first day of class, I write “Islam” on the board and solicit from students the first words that come to mind. Some hesitate to shout out “terrorism,” “anti-democratic” and the like, but I find that there are usually enough brave voices in the class to surface these collective social portrayals of the Muslim Bogeyman, and even evoke some cathartic laughter in the process. I find that this exercise, although rather straightforward, helps set a tone; it signifies to students that suppressing the obvious will hinder class discussion and probably their learning process as well."
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New blog post today from Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew! "...this image came back to me as I read several essays written about education and pedagogy in the 1980s and the 1990s, by noted scholar of religion, Jonathan Z. Smith, in which he talked about his practice of spending time in all of his introductory courses to “unpack” his syllabi. Before getting into each major part or section of a course, Smith would explain to his students what, among various options, he chose to focus on, as well as why he made those choices. According to Smith, he did so to show students that a syllabus is always already a constructed argument; talking about how and why he constructed his course..."
Tat-siong Benny Liew Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies College of the Holy Cross Those of us who spend our leisure time watching the Tennis Channel are guaranteed to have seen numerous episodes of the marketing promotion called, “Bag Check,” where the top players reveal, one item at...
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Read "Knowing Better" by Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield, Associate Professor of Religious Education at Drew Theological School.

"Physicists are still working to understand the nature of light as well as the nature of gravity. Lynn-newEvery 100 years or so there is a break-through which brings new clarity, more scientific accuracy, a better grasp of the basic concepts of light and gravity. Each time there is a new discovery, fellow scientists work to refute, amend and/or build upon the fresh claim. The intricacies of the universe are still being uncovered, discovered, created.

I want my students to approach their work of ministry like these physicists..."
Nancy Lynne Westfield<br>Associate Professor of Religious Education<br> Drew Theological School <br><br>Have you ever thought you knew something, only to discover, with the passing of time and the acquisition of experience, that there was more depth, breath, and nuance to the idea or situation than you had previously thought? Or
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New blog post today by @ccarvalhaes of @UnionSeminary! "The Borders of our Classroom" http://bit.ly/2bUtgZ6 #teaching #HigherEd #aarsbl16
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Call for Papers!

Political Issues in the Classroom
5000 words
Due October 1, 2016

Details in link below:
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Today! A new blog post by Dr. Eren Tasar of UNC Chapel Hill!

"Talking about ethnic conflict, and the very real ethnic hatreds, prejudice, and stereotyping that I have encountered in every Muslim society I’ve lived in or visited, is a valuable endeavor in its own right as a tool of historical inquiry, and also a helpful way to complicate the unitary Islam narrative. The problem is the vast majority of my students understand ethnic conflict through one prism, “racism,” which cannot be avoided in the classroom. To say the least, “racism” is a loaded term, one that, for many students at my university, carries all kinds of historical baggage with little direct relevance for the..."
Eren Tasar<br> Assistant Professor<br> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br><br> In the quest for understanding the dynamics of Muslim societies, understanding Islam is not always the key. This was the theme of my last post on Islam and Decolonization. I would like to offer more thoughts on a related.
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New blog post today in our "Stories from the Front (of the Classroom)" blog series by Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes!
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15 new book reviews just posted to our website! Titles include:

"MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning"
"On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life"
"Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy"
"Transnational Migration, Social Inclusion, and Adult Education" and
"Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change"
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