How Do I Get To Take His Class?

San Diego State University’s The Daily Aztec has a nice profile of Professor Roy Whitaker, who teaches classes like “Hip Hop and Religion” and “Atheism, Humanism and Secularism.”

Roy Whitaker (Antonio Zaragoza – The Daily Aztec)

After giving a lecture talk in 2008, Whitaker began to develop the idea behind his hip-hop course, slowly integrating the issues into a world religions course.

At least one week would be dedicated to pop culture and religion. Eventually, this concept became its own class, focusing on how hip-hop culture and religious ideology cross paths.

Whitaker said religious studies has historically looked at traditional religions, texts and prophets, while often ignoring other types of prophets — “prophets of the hood” — who struggle with some of the same issues addressed in religious stories.

Awe. Some.

Someone put this class online. Please?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Thomas Lawson

    Maybe at TheGreatCourses.com someday?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bogdan.cocosila Bogdan Cocosila

    Here’s a pretty cool lecture on Hip-Hop by KRS-ONE 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybufC_3KJwk

  • Guest

    To be brutally honest, that does sound like a very, very interesting course.


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