You can watch or listen to many Craft of Teaching events in our multimedia library. We are continually adding new content, so visit frequently for additional programs on religious studies pedagogy.
Teaching the Bible with Technology
January 28, 2014
This workshop focuses on teaching the Bible--its texts, languages, and history--with technology, covering a range of approaches from online resources to online teaching. Features Anne Knafl, Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Library, and Annette Huizenga, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Co-sponsored by the Hebrew Bible and the Early Christian Studies Workshops. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Authority in the Classroom
January 27, 2014
Professor Sarah Hammerschlag, Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature at the Divinity School, lead a discussion about the role of authority in the classroom, the various ways in which a teacher might construct it, and how to negotiate our role as teacher within different classrooms and academic settings. Presented by the Religion and Literature Club. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Prof. Nelson Tebbe (Fall 2013)
November 8, 2013
Led by Divinity School alumnus Nelson Tebbe (PhD, Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, 2006), Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Prof. Tebbe's scholarship focuses on the relationship between religious traditions and constitutional law, both in the United States and abroad, and is a regular commentator in the media on religious freedom. He is also a past recipient of the Dean's Teaching Award at St. John's School of Law. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Approaches to the Introductory Course in Religious Studies
October 9, 2013
Led by Professors Lucy Pick, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity, and Richard Rosengarten, Associate Professor of Religion and Literature. The "Introduction to Religious Studies" course is a cornerstone of most Religious Studies majors, but a review of any syllabus collection will show that there are numerous ways to approach it. Listen to Professors Rosengarten and Pick discuss the syllabi they created for "RLST 10100: Introduction to Religious Studies" at the College at the University of Chicago. They discuss how they organized their courses and why, what they included and what they left out, and what worked and what didn't. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Rethinking “Dead” Language Instruction: Ancient Languages and Modern Language Pedagogy
Friday, May 10th, 2012
There is a widely accepted notion that teachers of ancient and so-called “dead” languages face a set of challenges distinct from that of modern language teachers, with different goals and approaches. The purpose of this workshop is to reconsider this notion. We'll be asking such questions as: What goals do we have in mind for our language students, and how successful are we in guiding them to these goals? What assumptions underlie the usual approaches to teaching ancient languages? What aspects of modern language instruction might we fruitfully incorporate into our teaching? Although Latin will be a focus of the presentation, this workshop is designed to benefit all teachers of ancient languages. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Led by Alex Lee, an advanced PhD student in the Department of Classics, University of Chicago. During his several years of teaching Latin and Greek at the university, he has developed a passion for language pedagogy. He is very interested in language acquisition theory and has experience with alternative methods of language instruction.
Spring Craft of Teaching Seminar
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Led by the 2013 Divinity School alumnus of the year, Prof. Michael Kinnamon (AM 1976, Ph.D. 1980), presently Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Prof. Kinnamon will introduce and discuss a course he has designed and taught, the decisions that went into its design, and some of its outcomes. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Jonathan Z. Smith (Winter 2013)
February 27, 2013
Led by Prof. Jonathan Z. Smith, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities, Associate Faculty in the Divinity School, and author of a collection of essays on pedagogy entitled On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith (edited by Christopher Lehrich; Oxford UP, 2012). Prof. Smith discusses his approach to pedagogy especially in relation to the Introduction to Religious Studies course that he taught in the College. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Pedagogy and Embodiment
February 14, 2013
The Theology Workshop welcomes Prof. Kristine Culp, Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of Disciples Divinity House, Prof. Jeffrey Stackert, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care, to reflect on their own experiences and best practices for creating classroom cultures and environments that intentionally honor the body as a constitutive part of being human. All are invited to join our panelists in wrestling with such questions as: How can teachers use their own embodied presence in the classroom—and the embodied presences of their students—to deepen and inflect learning? What kinds of pedagogical practices work to unveil and dismantle oppressions in the classroom that silence or privilege certain embodied experiences? How can existing structures with which bodies may be at odds—physical space, institutional culture—be shifted, challenged, or named in order to create an academic space where bodies are not something to be overcome or managed, but to be received with hospitality as essential parts of human life and even scholarly inquiry? This video stream contains audio only. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Rebecca Raphael (Fall 2012)
October 26, 2012
Led by Divinity School alumna Prof. Rebecca Raphael (Ph.D. 1997), Associate Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Texas State University-San Marcos. Prof. Raphael discusses the design and teaching of recent two courses, "Apocalypticism" and "Mythology, Science, and Creation". This video stream contains audio only. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with Anne Taves (Spring 2012)
May 3, 2012
Led by Prof. Ann Taves, A.M. 1979, Ph.D. 1983 (History of Christianity), Virgil Cordano, OFM, Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Divinity School's Alumna of the Year for 2012. Prof. Taves teaches courses that focus specifically on Catholic history and practice as well as courses that examine Catholic history and practice alongside other traditions. Her undergraduate courses are structured around questions in the study of religion that can be addressed from both the perspectives of the humanities and the sciences, e.g.: How and to what extent do religious or spiritual practices transform people? What happens to a tradition when it is transmitted from one cultural context to another? How do people know or decide if an event or experience should be attributed to a supernatural source? This video stream contains audio only. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.
Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar with M. Cooper Harris (Winter 2012)
January 30, 2012
M. Cooper Harriss, Ph.D. 2011 (Religion and Literature), Instructor and Visiting Professor of Race and Religion, Department of Religion and Culture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia). Professor Harriss offers courses in American and African-American religious traditions, religion and modernity, and religion and literature. This video stream contains audio only. Click here to download mp3 audio of this event.