Geoffrey Claussen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics
Geoffrey Claussen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Lori and Eric Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics, held Jan. 9-12 in Washington, DC. The annual meeting of the Society of Jewish Ethics is held in conjunction with the Society of Christian Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics.
Claussen’s paper, “Teaching Modern Jewish Ethics Through Role Play,” explored the use of role-playing pedagogy in a Jewish Ethics course at Elon, focusing on a course activity in which students represented diverse modern Jewish thinkers and debated how Jews should understand particular moral virtues. The paper explored how such activities helped students to recognize the diversity of modern Jewish ethical traditions and to reflect on their own approaches to ethical reasoning.
The session was convened by Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Elon’s associate chaplain for Jewish life and Jewish educator.