I should have posted this earlier, but I'll be speaking as part of the great Eat Talk Teach Run series at Emory. ETTR combines four short (4 minute limit) talks on teaching with free lunch and frozen yogurt. It's awesome. Come check it out. Details: Eat. Talk. Teach. Run! An event to energize grad student … Continue reading Tomorrow: Get Free Lunch and Hear Me Talk About Teaching With Twitter
I'm in the midst of the metaphysical chunk of my dissertation. In these two chapters I examine how American writers in the middle of the nineteenth century looked to India for sources to build religious alternatives to orthodox Protestantism. Thoreau, Emerson, Blavatzky, all the usual suspects are there. Today I'm working on the writings of … Continue reading The Metaphysics of the Internet; or Can Lydia Maria Child’s Ghost Read My Comment?
I have always said that the best time to experiment as a teacher is in graduate school. In many cases your course load is lighter than as an adjunct or tenure track faculty member and your student reviews won't go in your tenure file. Instead the bad ones can go in the recycling bin. There … Continue reading Social Media and the Religious Studies Classroom: Twitter as a Third Space
The 2011 Cliopatria Awards are now open for nominations. These awards are given out for the best bloggers, blogs, and posts in the field of history. But this year there is a new category: Best Twitter Feed. I'm not going lie, I'd love it if you nominated my feed for this award. I'm not sayin', I'm … Continue reading 2011 Cliopatria Awards: My blog’s not great but maybe you could nominate my tweets
Pardon the self-promotion: Introductory level courses here at Emory are not famous for their enthusiastic levels of participation, attendance or commitment. Often these classes are big, too drafty or, let’s be honest, just too early in the morning to meet the same standards of discussion and debate set by upper-level courses and seminars. Professors in … Continue reading #REL100 in the (student) News
I finally finished the syllabus for REL100. Good thing, too. The first day of class is tomorrow morning. It's all filled up--40 students. Here goes nothin'! REL 100: Introduction to Religion Christian and Hindu Traditions Michael J. Altman @MichaelJAltman Office Hours: Thursday 9am-noon, Callaway S220 (or by appt.) http://blogs.emory.edu/rel100 I. Course Description This course introduces … Continue reading REL100 Syllabus: Blogging, Tweeting, and Deconstructing Religion
I've been preparing for my maiden voyage in the world of teaching this coming semester. I've been given the privileged of teaching my own class: Religion 100 Introduction to Religion. At Emory we teach this course comparatively so every class picks two traditions to focus on. Being an Americanist who studies Hinduism in American culture, I of … Continue reading Drafting a Syllabus: REL100 Intro. to Religion- Christian and Hindu Traditions
Twitter is shutting down the development of any more 3rd party client apps. Has Twitter gone to the cool kids? Maybe Twitter's not really for free-form posting anymore though. Maybe what Twitter leadership really wants is to create a Hollywood-glossy, TV-comfy place for "mainstream users" to read Tweets from famous people and big media brands. … Continue reading Twitter is Too Cool for School