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Friday, June 14

10:30am PDT

Global Learning and the Myth of Borders: Examining Theological Education and Librarianship through World-Systems Theory
In the last few years, the language of "globalism" and "borders" has been pervasive in the narratives of politics and social commentary. Despite the flurry of opinions, debates, and claims of "fake news," those who are practitioners in theological education broadly speaking, and theological librarianship, specifically, recognize the deep and profound reality of global education, and the impact that it has on both domestic students and the international representation of students and faculty as one community of learners, practitioners, and seekers. In this paper, we will look at how the language of "globalism" has been expressed both in popular terms and theological terms; how the evocation of "borders" and "boundaries" is not a new idea, but an ancient trope reused throughout history for steering narrative claims; and how world-systems theory enables a broader understanding of theological education and librarianship.


Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am PDT
Port McNeil
Saturday, June 15

9:00am PDT

Teaching on Religion and Violence
I have many times now taught a course entitled "Religion and Violence" at Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University. The Brite course is in-class; the TCU course is online with Master of Liberal Arts students. I will describe the difference between the two formats and also provide sample syllabi. The course has traditionally focused on the "why" question, "Why are human beings violent?", rather than on ethical debates about pacifism vs. just war. Feedback from the online students often asked for another course focusing on peacemaking, now that the psychology of violence has become better understood. I therefore developed a new course called "Peacemaking in a Violent World," which will also be described. I will make the argument that our culture as a whole would benefit from greater curricular attention to the psychology of violence, at all levels of education. I will also provide attendees with a bibliography for collection development in this area.

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am PDT