Tidbits, Resources, and Discussion for ELI Faculty

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Teaching & the Inauguration

We had a historic day yesterday.

My students last semester (in a class on race...) were so hopeful about the future after Obama won. I'm glad they are hopeful, but also fearful that having an African American president will make it even easier for my students to ignore the continued significant racial inequality in our country. Getting students to see past their assumptions (that all those racial problems are fixed now) is my biggest challenge in teaching this class.

How are you using the Inauguration, the change in administration, etc. in your classes this semester? What are your students saying about it all?

3 comments:

R. P. Dowlati said...

Perhaps a mind-triggering statement to start with is "US does not need Johnnie Cochran anymore". I tried it out of class yesterday.

Ramezan

Ramezan P. Dowlati said...

Perhaps a mind-triggering statement to start with is "US does not need Johnnie Cochran anymore". I tried it out of class yesterday.

Ramezan

Laura said...

In my classroom course on Religions in America, the day after the inauguration I had at least three newspaper items regarding the role of religion in the inauguration. I shared these with the class and generated a discussion: to what degree should religion have been a part of this event in the "Public Square"? Was it OK for Rick Warren to pray "in the name of the one [he] calls... Jesus"? Was it OK for the Bible to be used in the swaring in and for "so help me God" be a part of that statement? What has been the history behind this tradition?