Teaching Religion in Public

Teaching Religion in Public (TRiP) Reading Group

One of the Being Human project’s four original components, Teaching Religion in Public (TRiP) is a series of collaborative meetings between faculty and graduate students. The aim is to reflect on diverse experiences of teaching religion both within and outside the public university classroom; to create a distinctive sort of public among ourselves; and to reimagine teaching religion in public as a collaborative activity rather than a transmission of expertise.

Each semester explores a different theme, led by a team of faculty and graduate students. Join our email list (thehuman@indiana.edu) to receive the readings and (if online) Zoom link.

TRiP is on hiatus for Fall 2022 and will return Spring 2023!

Upcoming Meetings

Congratulate TRiP Director Constance Furey on her Eastman Residency!

Constance Furey will spend a month of her Fall 2022 sabbatical in residency at the Max Eastman house on Martha’s Vineyard, working with her collaborator, Rebecca Schorsch, on Unlearning Religion, a co-authored book about teaching. The Teaching Religion in Public series, which Furey directs, will be on hiatus in the Fall, resuming in the Spring semester. 

The Eastman Residency is a competitive program supporting IU Bloomington faculty in the arts and humanities by providing residencies from two to four weeks on the IU-owned Eastman property, deeded to IU by the Eastman family. Max Forrester Eastman (1883-1969) was a prolific American writer and prominent political activist. In the early 20th century, he edited and wrote for a number of radical political magazines. Throughout his long life, he gained international recognition as a poet, memoirist, biographer, and author of books on subjects ranging from humor to the scientific method to Soviet culture. The historic property on Martha’s Vineyard, at which Eastman and his family resided, was a vibrant hub for writers, artists, and thinkers throughout the twentieth century.

The Lilly Library acquired the Max Eastman manuscript collection from 1958 to 1986, and it is one of the library’s most frequently consulted holdings. During this period, Indiana University also developed a relationship with the Eastman family, including Eastman’s widow, Yvette Szekely Eastman. IU received the property upon Mrs. Eastman’s death in 2014, and restored and renovated the house, which is situated at the highest point of the island, and enjoys stunning views of Menemsha Pond, Squibnocket Pond, Vineyard Sound, and Nantucket Sound.

Outfitted with Eastman’s library, personal effects, and period furniture, the house was gifted to the university for the sole purpose of allowing IU artists and humanists to carry on Eastman’s rich work of critically-engaged thought and expression.