Promoting Civic Inquiry Through Works of Art
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College is a teaching museum that stimulates transformative encounters with works of art while integrating art learning into daily life for campus and community. This semester, CFAM is hosting multiple events and displaying works of art that connect the arts and contemporary politics. The exhibition was inspired by Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms from 1941 and is meant to “use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation.
Embedding Interfaith Learning into Curricular and Co-curricular Spaces
For many of us, myself included, I approached diversity work with a lens of power and privilege, yes or no, right or wrong, majority and minority, which was extremely effective in my work for many years. Yet, when I began studying ethics, and spirituality, and engulfed myself in religion I began to explore another paradigm- religious pluralism. I began to wonder, as someone who prides herself on being open, and inclusive, when did I become so binary in my thinking? When did I forget both/ and? And when did seeking to understand become about finding absolutes?
A Call for Transformation: Supporting Diverse Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities on Campus
I always find a lot of enjoyment in connecting with new first year students as they arrive on campus at the beginning of the academic year. It was no different this year, when I was approached by a first-year student while walking back to my office on the first day of classes. He introduced himself and shared with me that he was Muslim. He was curious about public space on campus where he might pray. He happened to be in luck as we were in the building where the multifaith room and prayer space were located. We walked together down to the ground floor of the building, and down a hallway tucked away in the corner of the floor. At the end of that hallway we walked into the prayer and reflection space on campus. It is small, windowless, but well-appointed and inviting nonetheless.
The Space Between Controversy with Civility and Civic Action
The CLDE Theory of Change highlights Civic Action and Agency, specifically the ability to work across difference to actively respond to social challenges, which frequently includes taking risks, challenging policy, and questioning institutional practice. It speaks to the diversity of religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the significance of recognizing the unique talent, skills, and experience that unique individuals bring to the process of global change. In many ways, the Theory of Change emphasizes the same components of the Social Change Model (collaboration, consciousness of self, commitment, common purpose), however it has the capacity to deepen the application and understanding of these concepts through a more critical lens.
Meet the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference Planning Committee
NASPA and the NASPA Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community are proud to announce its committee members for the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference to be held December 9-11, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Below you’ll find out more about the team and their contributions to the field, pedagogy, and practice of religious, secular, and spiritual identity development in higher education.
Supporting Diverse Viewpoints on Campus
With controversial speakers choosing to target our institutions and news media dissecting every political action done on a college campus we’ve already seen the potential for our campuses to be a means of furthering our divide, but the reality is that, with effort put in both inside and outside of the classroom our institutions can play a major part in rebuilding civility in our country.