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Buddhist Studies Teachers Launch New Project “Teaching Race and Racism in Buddhist Studies”

“Teaching Race and Racism in Buddhist Studies” will be conducted under the guidance of Drs. Adeana McNicholl and Ann Gleig in 2021, developing a new set of educational resources to design and teach Buddhist studies courses that address race and racism.

Dr Adeana McNicholl (left) and Dr Ann Gleig (right).

Two teachers of Buddhist studies, Drs. Adeana McNicholl and Ann Gleig have started a new project called “Teaching Race and Racism in Buddhist Studies”, supported by the Center for Buddhist Studies of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation at the University of Toronto. The project will be carried out under their leadership this year, developing a new set of educational resources for designing and teaching Buddhist studies courses that address race and racism. “Teaching Race and Racism in Buddhist Studies” consists of a series of video interviews with instructors engaged in teaching race and racism in Buddhist studies, a database of nearly three hundred resources in English relevant to the teaching of Buddhism, race and racism, and a list of instructor programs.

In addition, the project includes a searchable bibliography of resources relevant to the teaching of Buddhism, race and racism and two episodes of a podcast titled “The Circled Square” which features faculty discussing race and anti-racism pedagogy. in their interviews.

The project description states, “We understand that race and its relationship to religion are vast. As such, we have taken an expansive approach to include resources for the database, including material that deals with colonialism, orientalism, ethnicity, Islamophobia, caste and racism. . Project directors hope the resources will be useful to practitioners and academics.

Adeana McNicholl is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, where her research focuses on early South Asian and American Buddhism. Ann Gleig is Associate Professor of Religious and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Florida, whose research specialization is Buddhism in America. Gleig is the author of American Dharma: Buddhism beyond modernity, and a former contributor to both The roar of the lion and Buddhadharma.

You can read more about “Teaching Race and Racism in Buddhist Studies” on the project website.