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Summer Institute

Daily Schedule, Readings, and Assignments

This is a provisional schedule for the July 2018 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'd like to join us July, we hope you are excited to participate fully in a rigorous academic program.

Readings in green are optional.  They will enrich your understanding of the issues we address, but they will not be a focus of class discussions.  Optional background readings on specific faith traditions and communities are highly recommended if you aren’t familiar with the tradition in question.

 

 

Introduction to the Institute

 

Monday, July 9

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

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 10

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 11

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)

 

11:30      Lunch

12:30      Classroom Strategies, Part 2 – Workshops with Curriculum Development Mentors         

2:00        Break

2:15        Classroom Strategies, Part 3 – Small Group Discussions with Curriculum Development Mentors

3:30        Introductory Discussion of Curriculum Development Projects, Henry Goldschmidt

4:00        Done for the Day

 

 

World Religions and Religious Worlds

 

Thursday, July 12

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Christianity and Christian Communities, Morrey Davis

 
Optional 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

 

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

3:00 - Done for the Day, or Explore Burke Library, or . . .

7:45 - Optional site visit to Zhikr service at Dergah al-Farah (progressive/alternative Sufi mosque).

 

Friday, July 13

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

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

 
Readings
 
Ali Asani, “Enhancing Religious Literacy in a Liberal Arts Education Through the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies,” in The Harvard Sampler, eds. Shephard, Kosslyn, and Hammonds (Harvard UP, 2011), pp 1-31.
 
Optional Readings

Carl Ernst, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (U. of North Carolina Press, 2004), Chaps 2, 3, and 4.

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 14

No institute activities. Relax and enjoy the city!

 
 

Sunday, July 15

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 16

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 (Islamic Society of North America, 2013)

 

10:30 - Break

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

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

Henry Goldschmidt, “Teaching Lived Religion through Literature: Classroom Strategies for Community-Based Learning,” in Teaching About Religion in the Social Studies Classroom, eds. Charles Haynes & Michael Simpson (National Council for the Social Studies, 2017), pp. 53-60.

 

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 17

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

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

 
Reading

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

Optional Readings

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

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

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

 

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 18

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

9:00 - Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Communities,  Jonathan Gold

Readings

Sutra from the Pali Canon (selection in J. Bronkhorst, Absorption, UniversityMedia, 2012)

Atisa, A Lamp for the Path to Awakening (in D. Lopez, ed, Buddhism in Practice, Princeton U. Press, 1995)

Optional Readings

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

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 19

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

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

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Exploring Ties among Religious Worlds, with the Pluralism Project's Case Studies, Alexis Salomone

Readings

Ellie Pierce, “What is at Stake? Exploring the Problems of Pluralism” in The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, # 15 (August 2015).

Pluralism Project, "A Call to Prayer," A and B Cases

Optional Reading

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).

 

1:15 - Lunch with Curriculum Development Groups

2:45 - Exploring Religious Worlds (and specifically the internal diversity of American Jewish life) through Dramatic Film

Screening and discussion of The Chosen (1981, directed by Jeremy Kagan, based on the novel by Chaim Potok)

Optional Reading

Shaina Hammerman, Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image (Indiana University Press, 2018), selections

 

4:30 - Done for the Day

 
 

Friday, July 20

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

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

Optional Readings

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

Chapters 2, 3, and 4 (on the major waves of American Jewish immigration and settlement) are particularly recommended if you have time.

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

Optional Reading

Ayala Fader, Mark Kligman, Rolando Matalon, Marcelo Bronstein, and Felicia Sol,  Spirituality at B’nai Jeshurun: Reflections of Two Scholars and Three Rabbis.  S3K Synagogue Studies Institute, 2009.

 

Saturday, July 21

No institute activities. Relax and enjoy the city!

 
 

Sunday, July 22

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 23

8:30 - Breakfast and Coffee

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

 
Optional Readings
 
Joseph Murphy, Working the Spirit: Ceremonies of the African Diaspora (Beacon Press, 1995), Chapters 1, 2, 4, & 7
 
Karen McCarthy Brown, “Staying Grounded in a High-Rise Building: Ecological Dissonance and Ritual Accommodation in Haitian Vodou.”  In Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape, ed. Robert Orsi (Indiana U. Press, 1999), pp. 79-102.
 

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 specifically Haitian-American Vodou) through the Arts – Sacred Arts and Music Workshop with Houngan Oneza Lafontant and Houngan Gran Bwa

3:30 - Done for the Day

 

 

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

 

Tuesday, July 24

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 25

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 26

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.

Optional Readings

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

Linda K. Wertheimer, Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance(Beacon Press, 2015), chap. 2

 

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 27

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!