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Feminism and Religion: Conversations between Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes and Faith-Based Institutions in West Lafayette

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Feminism and Religion: Conversations between Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes and Faith-Based Institutions in West Lafayette

Pamela K. Sari

(assisted by Emily Duncan, Brooke Latka, Nina Perr, Sarah Shipe, Eliza Van)

Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes (WGSS280 section 005 and 010, Spring 2017) are conducting critical service learning projects with five faith-based communities around Purdue campus: Muslim Neighbors Project, St. Thomas Aquinas, Purdue Hillel, Generation Justice/Purdue Christian Campus House, and Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Students in each of these two sections are divided into five groups, and each group will be working with one community partner. Students will be working in a diverse form of projects, including but not limited to conducting interviews and helping to create an exhibition, understanding work at a transitional home, working in the area of education on human trafficking, helping at religious/holiday events, and understanding work of a food/mobile pantry. Students will report their work in presentations (open for public and inviting all community partners) and written papers to be potentially submitted to the Purdue Journal of Service Learning and International Engagement. These projects will put the history of feminisms and practices of religion/spirituality in conversation with each other. Students and community partners will discuss common misunderstanding that spiritual communities have of feminism, and vice versa. We will examine difficulties to reconcile feminism and religion which have been argued to produce institutional structures that marginalize the experiences of women and minorities. We will also analyze spaces in which religion and feminism intersect in addressing inequality and social justice issues.

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Feminism and Religion: Conversations between Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes and Faith-Based Institutions in West Lafayette

Feminism and Religion: Conversations between Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes and Faith-Based Institutions in West Lafayette

Pamela K. Sari

(assisted by Emily Duncan, Brooke Latka, Nina Perr, Sarah Shipe, Eliza Van)

Introduction to Women’s Studies Classes (WGSS280 section 005 and 010, Spring 2017) are conducting critical service learning projects with five faith-based communities around Purdue campus: Muslim Neighbors Project, St. Thomas Aquinas, Purdue Hillel, Generation Justice/Purdue Christian Campus House, and Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Students in each of these two sections are divided into five groups, and each group will be working with one community partner. Students will be working in a diverse form of projects, including but not limited to conducting interviews and helping to create an exhibition, understanding work at a transitional home, working in the area of education on human trafficking, helping at religious/holiday events, and understanding work of a food/mobile pantry. Students will report their work in presentations (open for public and inviting all community partners) and written papers to be potentially submitted to the Purdue Journal of Service Learning and International Engagement. These projects will put the history of feminisms and practices of religion/spirituality in conversation with each other. Students and community partners will discuss common misunderstanding that spiritual communities have of feminism, and vice versa. We will examine difficulties to reconcile feminism and religion which have been argued to produce institutional structures that marginalize the experiences of women and minorities. We will also analyze spaces in which religion and feminism intersect in addressing inequality and social justice issues.