Faculty GUR Group: "Culture" and "Religion": We Can't Define It But We Know It When We See It (Part 1 of 2)

Time: 10/4/2011 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: VU 567

“Culture” is the primary object of study in the discipline of anthropology. “Culture” is also impossible to define to the satisfaction of all its scholars. Anthropologists Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn famously published Culture (1952) that compiled 164 published attempts at definition. How then can culture be taught to a large-lecture introductory GUR as the core concept of the quarter’s study? In the first of this faculty GUR series I will teach the culture concept to you as I teach it to undergraduates. In the second meeting we will take up the role of religion in cultural construction, reproduction, and change. “Religion” also eludes definition but is richly manifest in myth, ritual, sacred text, and daily life. In tandem with the Western Reads book on religious literacy, this session takes on the challenge of teaching religion from a social science perspective.

For more information please contact: Kathleen Saunders