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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Overcoming Religious Illiteracy Through Public Education

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Diane L. Moore, Professor of the Practice of Religion and Education and Director, Program in Religion and Secondary Education, Harvard Divinity School
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Rd.
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm

In Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education, Harvard Professor of the Practice of Religion and Education and Phillips Academy teacher Diane L. Moore brings a fresh voice to the debates regarding religion and education. She argues that although multicultural trends in education have helped to advance understanding of America's racial/ethnic diversity and heritage, the historic hegemony of Protestant Christianity coupled with the perceived constitutional prohibition against teaching about religion in public schools has served to foster a climate of religious illiteracy that is both dangerous and intellectually debilitating. In this volume, Moore combines theory with practice to articulate why the academic study of religion from a cultural studies perspective should be a central component of secondary school education and how teachers and teacher educators can incorporate the study of religion throughout the curriculum in religiously inclusive, constitutionally sound and educationally innovative ways.

Diane Moore is Senior Lecturer on Religion and Education, and Director of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at Harvard Divinity School. Her research interests focus upon religion, values, and public education with a special emphasis on the intersections of critical theory and teaching about religion in the schools from a multicultural perspective. Professor Moore's book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Multicultural Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2007. In addition to her appointment at Harvard, Professor Moore serves on the editorial board of the journal Religion and Education, and is a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Phillips Andover Academy. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and holds an MDiv degree from Harvard Divinity School, a DMin from Episcopal Divinity School, and a PhD from Union Theological Seminary.