Presidents & Religion


Pew Research Center's FactTank broke down the religious affiliation of all US presidents.  No surprise.  Almost all have been Christian. But do you know which denomination has been most popular?Eleven presidents including H.W. Bush and George Washington were Episcopalians. Presbyterians came in second with eight members and Catholics came in last with only member, John F. Kennedy. … [Read more...]

Karma & Merit in Buddhist Art

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The Asia Society in New York City just opened a new exhibit, on February 10 featuring Buddhist art from Myanmar. The exhibit will run until mid-May 2015.The New York Times calls the exhibit "quietly majestic" and notes that "even if your interest is strictly aesthetic or historical, the show is a find, because chances are you won’t have seen much of this kind of art before."In the clip above, Donald M. Stadtner, one of two guest curators of the exhibit talks about the significance of k … [Read more...]

It’s Valentines day: Do you Know Rumi?

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If you're studying Islam, this week might be a good time to study Rumi, the Sufi mystic and poet. That's because Valentine's Day is on Saturday and much of Rumi's popular poetry is about love.Rumi lived in the 13th century and wrote a "massive collection of verse called the mathnawi, an Arabic term referring to a rhymed verse couplet." Coleman Barks translated much of Rumi's work into a book called The Essential Rumi.You can read a short biography of Rumi and a review of Sufism here on … [Read more...]

When God Was a Girl: Bettany Hughes


Here, historian Bettany Hughes, follows the trail of ancient female figurines that suggest a time when women were considered divine.Near the beginning of the documentary, Hughes notes that the majority of the total number of figures dug up around the world between now and 30,000BC are female. She explores why and what it says about religion. … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hahn & Engaged Buddhism

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Here, in 2003, Krista Tippett interviewed Thich Nhat Hanh about mindfullness, suffering and engaged Buddhism.Tippett offers a short overview of Thich Nhat Hahn's life in the first five minutes which might be good for students. And some students might like more of the interview as Tippett asks Nhat Hahn about engaged Buddhism. … [Read more...]

Ms. Marvel Attacks Islamaphobia

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"Don't worry citizens, Ms. Marvel is here to save the day," in this short clip from AJPlus. … [Read more...]

Auschwitz-Birkenau Viewed from a Drone


Here's what the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp looks like today, 70 years after it was liberated. BBC News posted the clip.It's only a couple of minutes and absolutely worth showing to students. … [Read more...]