By Michael J. Altman
Readers of this blog might find our class blog and our Twitter discussion (#rel100) interesting as half of the course (the Christian half) comes from monographs in American religious history. We'll be starting with Marie Griffith's Born Again Bodies at the end of this week and then go on to read Robert Orsi's Thank You St. Jude and Wallace Best's Passionately Human, No Less Divine. Each of these three texts will be paired with a book on Hinduism in India or the diaspora on similar themes. (You can find the whole syllabus here.)
So, this is my formal invitation to RiAH readers and contributors to please stop by our blog and leave comments or, if you do the whole Twitter thing (I'm looking at you @pharvey61 and @kelly_j_baker), keep an eye on our stream. I have told the students that we will be writing for a public audience and engaging in the discussion of religion in the public sphere. To do this successfully we need a public. So, please, be our public.
Ed Blum and Kevin Schultz have done a great job of opening up the "back of the house" in their U.S. history survey by blogging about their syllabai and lectures. I think of this class as doing the reverse and opening up the "front of the house." It's also one giant experiment in pedagogy and social media. As an experiment it has already had its ups and downs but, nonetheless, we'd love for you to join us.