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Refugees & Exiles: Religion in the Diaspora

RELI 213
Spring 2023 not offered
Crosslisting: CJST 214
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Community-Engaged Learning, Service Learning

Recent years have seen the on-going tragic refugee crisis, with millions of people being displaced because of war and ecological disasters. This course deals with the meaning of refuge, exile, and diaspora through three perspectives: philosophical, historical, and literary. What does it mean to be forced to leave one's home? How is it possible to make sense of such a tragedy? What creative power can diaspora muster to the rescue of culture? In our search for answers, we will examine a variety of case studies including the contemporary refugee crises in the Middle East, the border between the United States and Mexico, the black transatlantic, and the destruction of the temple in the Hebrew Bible. This course is a project-based Service Learning in which all assignments are geared toward the final project, in which each student will produce a radio show based on an analysis of a refugee crisis of their choice. These shows will air on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown. To learn more and listen to previous seasons of last year's radio shows visit https://reli213.site.wesleyan.edu
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(CJST-MN)(CSCT)(MEST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)

Last Updated on MAY-30-2024
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