Introduction as Subversion

AAR Teaching Religion Unit and Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Introduction as Subversion: On Liberal Arts Religious Studies Pedagogy for Non‐majors

Saturday ‐ 1:00 PM‐3:30 PM

Hynes Convention Center‐107 (Plaza Level)

Kevin Minister, Shenandoah University, Presiding

Why should religious studies courses in liberal arts institutions offer subversive pedagogical approaches? In order to frame this question, six panelists from a variety of institutional contexts will each offer 5‐8 minute remarks on a particular subject or angle, while also inviting a dynamic exchange between panelists and session attendees; we thus intend to model subversion as well by resisting the usual format for AAR panels. All participants in the Wabash Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty, our group, moreover, has worked together as a sustained learning community over the past year. Our approaches draw on the works of Paulo Freire, Stephen Brookfield, and Emily Gravett among others—and therefore take into account scholarship of teaching and learning as well as personal teaching experiences and hours of in‐depth discussion with one another on the nature of liberal arts pedagogy.

Elliott Bazzano, Le Moyne College
Jack Downey, La Salle University
Amy P. Langenberg, Eckerd College
Matthew Haar Farris, Richmond, CA
Holly Hillgardner, Bethany College

Tina Pippin, Agnes Scott College

Business Meeting:
David B. Howell, Ferrum College
Molly Bassett, Georgia State University

Wabash Center