Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    A1—September 11    Introduction

    Review of syllabus, assignments, and grading. Discussion of the purpose of the academic study of religion: not to proselytize or debunk but to develop an informed, empathic, and critical understanding.

    Opening discussion of the dynamics between personal experience, setting, and events. People are neither totally autonomous nor completely determined by internal or external circumstances, but agents of creative interaction.


    • Topic 2

      A2—September 13    The Apocalyptic World of Christopher Columbus   SUBMIT PAPER #1

                              READING: Delaney, Columbus & the Quest for Jerusalem, Intro + chs 1-2

       


       


    • Topic 3

      A3—September 21    Columbus’s First Voyage: Paradise Found?

                   READING:  Delaney, Columbus & the Quest for Jerusalem, chs 3, 5

       


      • Topic 4

        A4—September 23    Columbus: Reversals, Shame, and Recovery

                        READING:  Delaney, Columbus & the Quest for Jerusalem, chs 6, 8-9


        • Topic 5

          A5—September 25    Columbus: Legacy and Evaluation

                     READING: Delaney, Columbus & the Quest for Jerusalem, chs 10-11 + Afterword


        • Topic 6

          A6—October 3             Conversos and Exiles

                      READING: Birnbaum, Long Journey of Gracia Mendes, Intro + chs 1-4

            


          • Topic 7

            A7—October 5            Sheltered by Muslims, Helping Jews

                         READING: Birnbaum, Long Journey of Gracia Mendes, Intro + chs 6-7


            • Topic 8

              A8—October 12        Sorting out Men—and Women    SUBMIT PAPER #2

                                      READING:  Mernissi, Dreams of Trepass, chs 1-8

               


            • Topic 9

              A9—October 14        The Freedom of the Harem?                    

                                      READING:  Mernissi, Dreams of Trepass, chs 9-16

               


              • Topic 10

                A10—October 22       Opening to the Rest of the World

                             READING:  Mernissi, Dreams of Trepass, chs 17-22

                 


                • Topic 11

                  A11—October 25   FIELD CLASS PAPERS DUE – PRESENTATIONS Grp 1

                                        


                   


                • Topic 12

                  A12—October 27        FIELD CLASS PRESENTATIONS  Grp 2

                  • Topic 13

                    A13—November 3     From Paradise to Hell 

                                  READING: Equiano, Interesting Narrative, chs 1-4


                    • Topic 14

                      A14—November 5     The Purgatory of Slavery—and of Freedom?          

                                              READING: Equiano, Interesting Narrative, chs 5-8


                      • Topic 15

                        A15—November 8     Spiritual Quest and True Vocation

                                                READING: Equiano, Interesting Narrative, chs 9-12


                        • Topic 16

                          A16—November 16    Conservative Context

                                         READING:  Clarke, Oscar Romero, Intro + chs 1-2

                           


                          • Topic 17

                            A17—November 18   Pastoral Challenge    SUBMIT PAPER #3

                                                  READING:  Clarke, Oscar Romero, chs 3-5

                             


                             


                          • Topic 18

                            A18—November 20   Prophetic Witness    

                                         READING:  Clarke, Oscar Romero, chs 6-8 + Conclusion


                            • Topic 19

                              A19—November 23   Israel: Africans in the Original Zion

                                          READING:  Raboteau, Searching for Zion, Part I

                               


                              • Topic 20

                                A20—November 26   Jamaica: Rastafarian Yearning in ‘Babylon’

                                                        READING: Raboteau, Searching for Zion, Part II

                                 

                                • Topic 21

                                  A21—November 28   Ethiopia: Rastafarian Utopia or Delusion?

                                                READING:  Raboteau, Searching for Zion, Part III


                                  • Topic 22

                                    A22—December 1     Ghana: Revisiting African-American Origins

                                                            READING:   Raboteau, Searching for Zion, Part IV


                                    • Topic 23

                                      A23—December 9     Sweet Land of Liberty? The American South

                                                    READING:        Raboteau, Searching for Zion, Part V


                                      • Topic 24

                                        A24—December 16             Discuss Final Papers


                                        • Topic 25

                                          A25—December 19      SUBMIT PAPER #4   Summarize the contours, changing moods, and conclusions of Emily Raboteau’s journeys, and discuss how they compare to your own as tracked in your journal and now, upon your final reflections on the Fall 19 voyage of Semester at Sea. 1200 words