David McConeghy, a Ph.D Candidate in Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, has a very insightful post about teaching “God in America,” the recent PBS documentary on American religious history.
McConeghy suggests that professors should use the series “as the basis for a course that privileges deconstruction of the (maligned) narrative that PBS built and therefore employ remixes as a way for students to create counter-narratives that explicitly engage the primary source.”
Attention university search committees looking to add a scholar in American religion to your faculty: Hire this guy!
First, I should note that McConeghy’s post is worth reading simply for the work he has done in collecting all of the scholarly responses to “God in America.”
But he then suggests how he might teach the documentary in a 10-week college course.
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Thanks, Dr. Fea, for the great feedback and praise! I'm hoping to expand the post, by adding readings and content sections, and move a version of it to the permanent pages on my site. I'll be sure to let you know if I find a place where I can teach it!