The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness

Matthew Kuraska takes the lead in a new series on Reading Race and Criminality. In this post, he investigates the history and effects of criminalizing blackness in American society. His research draws upon multimedia engagement with scholarship in critical criminology. He works under the advisement of Dr. Rita Shah, a critical criminologist at Elizabethtown College. Racial… More The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness

Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?

This week we feature the work of Andie Alexander, a Religious Studies graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder. She challenges us to probe narrations of the history of “American Religions.” With cutting insights into the scholarly literature, Alexander surveys scholarly claims on the past to question the politics of sophisticated selective memories. This semester I’m… More Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?

Boko Haram and the Aesthetics of Violence

Garrett Clark considers the overlapping sensory experiences represented by Boko Haram’s flags, arguing that this synesthesia facilitates deep psychological violence. See other posts in our series Words to live by: the ethics of grammar, Millennials and persuasion, scriptures in public school, and sexual rhetoric in the Hebrew Bible. Boko Haram deserted Damasak, the northern city… More Boko Haram and the Aesthetics of Violence

The Heroic Justice of Grammatical and Stylistic Decisions

Dr. Kevin Shorner-Johnson continues our look at the power of words with a reflection on how the ethics of diction in the college classroom. See earlier posts on Millennials and persuasion, scriptures in public school, and sexual rhetoric in the Hebrew Bible.      For college students, acts of justice often seem to be abstract… More The Heroic Justice of Grammatical and Stylistic Decisions

Looking in Vain for the Temple Prostitute

Our series on the power of words features a reflexive research essay by Abby Sanders. Her exegesis of “the temple prostitute” of Genesis 38 turned into an odyssey through the languages and desires of readers past. With the mentorship of Elizabethtown College professor Dr. Christina Bucher, an undergraduate student visits whom this character is written… More Looking in Vain for the Temple Prostitute