Our first faculty colloquium for the academic year will feature two presentations drawing from recent projects that join scholarly research with educational practices.
Robert Wallace, “Reading the Old Testament through the Psalms”
In 1999, W. H. Bellinger gave a presentation in which he suggested that the book of Psalms might be a productive canonical starting point for further conversation for a theology of the whole Old Testament. Bellinger’s creative starting point became the springboard for this project. Additionally, active learning classroom exercises demonstrated the power of using context based learning in general and the Psalms in particular. This project uses the book of Psalms as a dialogue partner to produce a context-based introduction to the Old Testament text. A canonical starting point as a gateway into the rest of the Old Testament provides a special, and perhaps even sacred, place to begin.
Mark Torgerson, “Wisdom Beyond Ourselves: Teaching World Religions Today”
Religion is an integral part of human life. Religion is a shared human experience among people of all cultures and countries. With communication and transportation advancements of the last fifty years, more and more people of different faiths are encountering one another. As incentives to migrate from one part of the world to another increase, nations are becoming less and less homogenous in their religious practices. Achieving at least a base knowledge of world religions is increasingly helpful for interpreting the choices and actions of people around us and being a thoughtful neighbor. This presentation includes insights concerning the teaching of religion to undergraduate students based in Mark’s recent participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute concerning the teaching of world religions and drawing from recent travels in India and Nepal. The project seeks appreciation for the common search for wisdom beyond ourselves that can inspire each of us to know and share our own faith with confidence and joy.
The colloquium will be held on Tuesday, October 31, at 11:00-12:30 in LTOW E/F. To ensure the adequacy of refreshments and room arrangement, please register by Monday, October 23 by following this link.