In November I will be speaking at "Religion and the Making of American Citizens," a weekend teacher's institute to be held at the University of Tennessee. Conference co-organizer Jonathan Yeager writes:
My colleague Lucien Ellington
and I are organizing an institute at UTC for teachers. During the
weekend of Friday, November 15 to Saturday, November 16, teachers will
hear various experts speak on the theme of: "Religion and the Making of American Citizens: Past, Present, and Future." This weekend institute is sponsored by the Apgar Foundation and the Center for Reflective Citizenship at UTC, which was founded by Lucien and former SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, Wilfred McClay.
This weekend institute is meant to offer training for local educators, approximately two
dozen of whom will hear speakers talk about the
importance of including religion in their teaching. The Center for Reflective Citizenship
hopes to convince teachers that religion has played a vital role in
America, from its founding to the present, and should be included in any
basic courses on American history. As sponsors of this event, Lucien and I believe that religion is a
subject worthy of serious attention by educated people,
and so we hope to remind teachers of the influential religious traditions that
have permeated American history and culture.
Speakers include Tracy McKenzie, Daniel Dreisbach, Wilfred McClay, Molly Worthen, and Michael Cromartie.
If you are a teacher and are interested in attending this institute contact Jonathan at his UT-Chattanooga website.