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Effectiveness of “Discipleship Survivor” Examined

Prof. Richard Ascough and recent graduate Christina D’Amico (BAH 2020; BEd 2021) have just published an article in which they examine the impact on learning of an interactive game Prof. Ascough uses in his course RELS 214 New Testament. You can read “Active Learning in Lecture Based Courses: ‘Discipleship Survivor’ as a Case Study” in the open-access Wabash Centre Journal of Teaching.


Faculty Position: Queen's National Scholar (QNS) in Black Religions

Queen's National Scholar (QNS) in Black Religions

Position description and application instructions

The School of Religion at Queen's University invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position in Black Religions. The position is a full-time tenure track/tenured position at the Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor rank with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2021.

Antisemitism and Hate Movements After Trump

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The Jewish Studies Program and the School of Religion at Queen’s University will host an important discussion on the future of antisemitism and hate movements in the post-Trump period.

The Anti-Defamation League, as well as several researchers, have noted a marked rise in Antisemitic attacks and hate crimes during the Trump administration. The ADL, for instance, reported that according to their research, there was a 12% rise in Antisemitic incidents from 2018 to 2019 in the United States. The FBI also noted that hate crimes in general surged nearly 20% during the Trump administration. Much of this social polarization, misinformation, and loss of trust in social institutions also culminated in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, which involved numerous neo-Nazi, alt-right, and conspiratorial movements. Several individuals were also spotted wearing blatantly antisemitic clothing. As the Biden administration begins their work, it will be important to not only take stock of what happened over the last four years in the United States, understand racial and religious fault lines that pre-dated Trump, and work as much as possible to heal these divides going forward.

The Jewish Studies Program and the School of Religion have invited four distinguished speakers, with deep personal experience, to engage in this important discussion. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion.


Made Instrument, an Introduction

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In this talk, Dr. Ashon Crawley describes his book-in-progress, Made Instrument, about the sound of the Hammond organ and its relation to black spirituality, black sexuality, black queer possibility. What can attending to a specific instrument tell us about histories of refusal, histories of confrontation, histories of desire? Imagined as the sound of the black church, and the sound of the black church imagined as the affective desire of transformative potentiality of black social life and relation in general, the Hammond organ gives a shadow history of black life on the move, in motion.