Religious Studies / Philosophy
Project title: Religion in the Shadow of the Shoah: Exploring the Social Dimensions of Religion
Mentor: Jeffrey Pugh
This semester, I was fortunate to present my research at multiple venues. In March, I was one of 11 undergraduate students to present a paper at the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia. I also gave a presentation about my overall Lumen project to Life at Elon in March. In April, I presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Kentucky, and again at SURF at Elon.
My original Lumen proposal included a plan to develop a curriculum about religion and the Holocaust to be used in a small-group church setting. Because I had no experience with teaching or developing curriculum, I did a lot of research this semester on pedagogy and course development. I read sections of Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere and The Dialectic of Freedom by Maxine Greene to guide my thinking about effective and meaningful education. I read many other journal articles and book chapters on Holocaust education, Christian education, adult education, and best practices for small-group education. From this research, I wrote a paper arguing that there is a need for a Holocaust-related curriculum for contemporary Christians and framed what such a curriculum should look like. This research was immensely useful as I have begun to draft the curriculum. Dr. Pugh and I spoke with our contact at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. about the possibility of having this curriculum published by the museum and we hope that will be possible. If not, we plan to contact Christian publishing houses with a draft of our curriculum to explore publishing options. We are continuing to work on this curriculum and will do so throughout the summer until it is complete and published.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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