Teaching Religious Studies Using Media: The Good, Bad and Indifferent

Professor Anthea Butler, Religious Studies

Thursday, September 26 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Rose Muravchick, CTL Graduate Fellow, Reliigious Studies

Location: Cohen 204

Summary: Social media can be a powerful academic tool both inside the classroom and outside of it. In this workshop, Professor Butler will address the role that social media has played within her profession as a professor and public intellectual. How can academics utilize debates on social media and major news broadcasts as teaching tools inside the classroom, without them becoming reductionist? The role of Twitter, Facebook and Academia.edu in creating professional networks and fostering unique engagement between graduate students, professors and public intellectuals will also be addressed. Professor Butler will discuss how students today consume information via social networks and how this can often highlight stereotypes and biases which appear within the classroom.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.