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Summer Institute

Daily Schedule, Readings, and Assignments

This is a provisional schedule for the July 2017 Religious Worlds of New York summer institute. Some of the readings, site visits, and other details may change, but this schedule will give you a sense of content, workload, and pacing of the institute.

As you can see, the institute schedule is quite busy, and the workload is sometimes intense.  If you would like to join us July, we hope you are excited to participate fully in a rigorous academic program.

Optional readings are in green, and sometimes followed by brief notes explaining why you should make time for them if you can.

 

 

Introduction to the Institute

 

Monday, July 10

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Welcome, Orientation, and Introductions,  Henry Goldschmidt

 
Reading
 
Henry Goldschmidt, “From World Religions to Lived Religion: Towards a Pedagogy of Civic Engagement in Secondary School Religious Studies Curricula,” in Religious Pluralism and Education, eds. Vincent Biondo and Andrew Fiala (Routledge, 2014), pp 177-192

11:00 - Lunch  and get Columbia University Photo ID

12:30 - Religious Liberty in American History and Ideals,  Charles Haynes

 
Readings
 
John Winthrop,  A Model of Christian Charity, selection (1630)

Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience, summary (1644)

The Flushing Remon­strance (1657)

Moses Seixas,  Letter to President George Washington (1790)

George Washington,  Letter to the Jews of Newport (1790)

2:00 - Break

2:15 - Teaching About Religion in Public and Private Schools,  Charles Haynes

 
Readings
 
U.S. Supreme Court,  Abington v. Schempp (1963)

Warren Nord and Charles Haynes, Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum, selections (ASCD and First Amendment Center, 1998), Intro., chapters 1, 2, & 8

You may also want to read any other chapters that are relevant to your teaching.  It's both a provocative and practical book.

5:30 - Welcome to New York – Wine and Cheese Reception in the Quad at UTS.

 
 

Tuesday, July 11

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - The Critical, Comparative Analysis of Religion,  Henry Goldschmidt

 
Reading
 
William Paden, Religious Worlds: The Comparative Study of Religion (Beacon Press, 1988), Preface, Intro., Chapters 1, 2, & 3
 
You may also want to read at least one out of chapters 4-7 in Paden, which illustrate his comparative method to the study of religion.  Chapter 6 on "Gods" is fascinating, but take your pick

11:00 - Break

11:15 - The Study of Everyday Religious Life,  Henry Goldschmidt

 
Readings
 
Robert Orsi, “Everyday Miracles: The Study of Lived Relig­ion,” in Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice, ed. David Hall (Princeton U. Press, 1997), pp. 3-21

Robert Orsi, “Is the Study of Lived Religion Irrelevant to the World We Live In?” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 42, no. 2 (2003), pp. 169-174

12:45 - Lunch

2:00 - Bus leaves UTS for site visit to “Bronx Lourdes” grotto, led by Henry Goldschmidt

4:30 - Return to UTS and Done for the Day

 
 

Wednesday, July 12

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Discussion of Site Visit to “Bronx Lourdes” Grotto, Henry Goldschmidt

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Classroom Strategies, Part 1, Henry Goldschmidt and Curriculum Development Mentors

 
Readings

First Amendment Center, Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools (2001)

American Academy of Relig­ion, Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K-12 Public Schools in the United States (2010)

12:30 - Lunch

1:30 - Classroom Strategies, Part 2, Small Group Discussions with Curriculum Development Mentors

3:00 - Break

3:15 - Classroom Strategies, Part 3, Henry Goldschmidt and Curriculum Development Mentors

Including brief, introductory discussion of Curriculum Development Projects

4:30 - Done for the Day

 

 

World Religions and Religious Worlds

 

Thursday, July 13

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Christianity and Christian Communities, J. Terry Todd

 
Readings
 
Linda Woodhead, Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford U. Press, 2003), chaps 1 and 2

Catherine Albanese, “Understanding Christian Diversity in America,” in American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, eds. Catherine Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), pp. 29-58

Optional:  Tracy Fesseden, “Christianity, National Identity, and the Contours of Religious Pluralism,” in American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, eds. Catherine Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), pp. 399-427

Among other points, Fesseden develops the important argument that US ideals of religious liberty are based, ironically, on a Protestant understanding of what it means to be "religious." Highly recommended.

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with New York Christian Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Lunch

1:30 - Introduction to Library Sources at UTS, and Web-Based Resources for the Study of Religion

3:30 - Done for the Day - or Stick around and Explore Burke Library

 
 

Friday, July 14

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Islam and Muslim Communities, Ali Asani

 
Readings
 
Ali Asani, An Infidel of Love: Exploring Muslim Understandings of Islam (Harvard U. Press, forthcoming), Intro. and Chapter 1

Edward Curtis, “Peril and Possibility: Muslim Life in the United States” in Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, ed. R. M. Feener (ABC-CLIO, 2004), pp. 283-307

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with New York Muslim Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Quick lunch together at UTS (provided by the institute)

1:00 - Cabs leave UTS for site visit to Jumma service at the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, led by Henry Goldschmidt

3:30 - Done for the Day, at the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood

 
 

Saturday, July 15

No institute activities. Relax and enjoy the city!

 
 

Sunday, July 16

10:30 - Site visit to Sunday morning service at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, led by Henry Goldschmidt.  Meet at the church.

1:00 - Done for the Day, at Convent Avenue Baptist Church

 
 

Monday, July 17

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Discussion of Site Visits to the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and Convent Avenue Baptist Church, with Henry Goldschmidt

Optional Reading: Sarah Sayeed, Aisha al-Adawiya, and Ihsan Bagby, Women and the American Mosque

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Exploring Religious Worlds (and Harlem Churches) through Literature, Josef Sorett

 
Reading
 
James Baldwin, Go Tell it on the Mountain (Dial Press, 2000 [1953])
 

1:00 - Lunch

2:00 - Curriculum Development Group Meetings, with Mentors

4:00 - Done for the Day - or Research Time for CD Projects

 
 

Tuesday, July 18

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Hinduism and Hindu Communities, John Thatamanil

 
Readings
 
Diana Eck, Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in Hinduism (Columbia U. Press, 1985), Chap. 1 and Afterward

Sitansu S. Chakravarti, Hinduism: A Way of Life (Motilal Banarsidass, 1991), pp. 23-43

John Stratton Hawley, "Naming Hinduism," and Wendy Doniger, "Hinduism by any Other Name," The Wilsom Quarterly, Summer 1991, pp. 20-41.

Optional:  John Stratton Hawley, “Global Hinduism in Gotham,” in Asian American Religions: Borders and Boundaries, eds. Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang (New York U. Press, 2004), pp. 112-23

Great exploration of Hindu diversity in New York. Highly recommended.

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with New York Hindu Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Bus leaves UTS for visit to Hindu Temple Society of North America, led by Henry Goldschmidt

Lunch together at the temple cafeteria (provided by the institute).

4:30 - Return to UTS and Done for the Day

 
 

Wednesday, July 19

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Communities,  Annabella Pitkin

 
Readings
 
Rupert Gethin, Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford U. Press, 1998), Chapters 1, 3, and 6

Optional:  Richard Hughes Seager, "The American Buddhist Landscape," and "The American Setting," in Buddhism in America (Columbia University Press, 2012), pp. 9-17 and 39-53

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with New York Buddhist Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Lunch

1:30 - Subway from UTS to site visit to Chogyesa Zen Temple of New York, led by Henry Goldschmidt

3:30 - Done for the Day, at Chogyesa Zen Temple

 
 

Thursday, July 20

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Discussion of Visits to Hindu Temple Society and Chogyesa Zen Temple, with Henry Goldschmidt

10:15 - Break

10:30 - Exploring Ties among Religious Worlds, with the Pluralism Project's Case Studies, Elinor Peirce

Readings

Pluralism Project, "Driven by Faith," A and B Cases

John Boehrer and Marty Linsky, "Teaching with Cases: Learning to Question," in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no. 42, pp. 41-57 (Summer 1990).

1:00 - Lunch with Curriculum Development Groups

2:30 - Exploring Religious Worlds Worldwide, with Generation Global's Online Tools, Claire Lorentzen

Readings

Generation Global, "What is Dialogue?" and "Facilitating Dialogue in the Classroom"

Charles Haynes, "Putting a Face to Faith," in Educational Leadership, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 50-54 (September 2011).

Richard Rorty, "Religion as Conversation-Stopper," in Philosophy and Social Hope (Penguin Books, 2000), pp. 168-174.

4:30 - Done for the Day

 
 

Friday, July 21

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Communities, Hasia Diner

Readings

Hasia Diner, A New Promised Land: A History of Jews in America (Oxford University Press, 2003), chapters 2, 3, and 4.

The other chapters of Diner are also recommended, but chapters 2, 3, and 4 (on the major waves of American Jewish immigration and settlement) should give you a good sense of the narrative.

Optional: John Leach (ed.), A Teacher's Guide to Religion in American Life (Oxford University Press, 2003). 

A New Promised Land is one of a series of 25 books on American religious history for young adult readers, published by Oxford University Press.  These are great resources for teachers, so we have included a copy of the teacher's guide to the entire series.  Professor Diner's talk won't address the guide, but it will give you a sense of the broader context of her book.

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with New York Jewish Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Afternoon off - or Research Time for Curriculum Development Projects

6:30 - Site Visit to Kabbalat Shabbat service at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street

 
 

Saturday, July 22

No institute activities. Relax and enjoy the city!

 
 

Sunday, July 23

No required institute activities.  Relax and enjoy the city!  And/or:

Optional institute barbecue at Henry's house -- more details closer to the date.

 
 

Monday, July 24

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to African Diaspora Religious Traditions and Communities, Elizabeth McAlister

 
Readings
 
Joseph Murphy, Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora (Beacon Press, 1995), Chapters 1, 2, 4, & 7

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Panel Discussion with African Diaspora Clergy and Lay Leaders, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

12:15 - Lunch

1:30 - Exploring Religious Worlds (and Bronx Vodou temples) through Documentary Film

Film Screening and Discussion: Karen Kramer, Legacy of the Spirits (Documentary Educational Resources, 1985)

3:30 - Done for the Day

 

 

Sacred Gotham: Locating "Religion" in the Life of the City

 

Tuesday, July 25

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Sacred Gotham: Questioning Concepts of "Religion," "Sacred," and "Secular"

Readings

Brent Nongbri, Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept (Yale University Press, 2013), Intro and Chapter 1

David Chidester, Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture (University of California Press, 2005), Chapter 2

9:30 - Break and Walk to St. John's

10:00 - Field Research: Locating "Religion" at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Meet at the Cathedral.

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Reflecting on "Religion" at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt

2:15 - Break

2:30 - Curriculum Development Group Meetings with Mentors

4:30 - Done for the Day -- or Research/Writing Time for CD Projects 

 
 

Wednesday, July 26

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Field Research: Locating "Religion" on the Streets of the Upper West Side. 

3:00 - Return to UTS. Prepare presentations on meanings of "religion" in your fieldwork area.

4:00 - Done for the Day -- or Research/Writing Time for CD Projects 

 
 

Thursday, July 27

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Presentations and Reflections on the Meanings of "Religion" on the Upper West Side

Each research team will present a brief slide show of its fieldwork findings, and discuss the working defintion of "religion" that emerged in its research.

11:30 - Lunch

12:30 - Concluding Reflection on Panel Discussions, Site Visits, and Field Research Project

Focusing on strategies for developing community-based religious diversity education programs in public, private, and faith-based schools.  Would programs like these work in your school? How else can you introduce your students to everyday life of American religious diversity? What aspects of our work in the institute can and can't you translate into your teaching? 

Part 1 in small groups. Brief Break. Part 2 facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt.

Readings

Michael Umphrey, The Power of Community-Centered Education: Teaching as a Craft of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Chapters 1 & 8

3:30 - Done for the Day -- or Time to Finish up CD Projects

Curriculum Development Projects due in Google Drive Folder by 6:00 pm

 
 

Friday, July 28

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Presentation and Discussion of Curriculum Development Projects

Part 1 in small groups. Brief Break. Part 2 facilitated by Henry Goldschmidt.

12:30 - Farewell and Institute Evaluations

1:00 - Done for the Day -- and for the Summer!