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ERIC Number: EJ1205327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Welcoming (and Learning From) the Stranger: The Museum as a Forum for Interfaith Dialogue
Williams, Ray
Journal of Museum Education, v44 n1 p34-40 2019
In response to current tensions around U.S. immigration policies and the expression of diverse religious identities, the author presents a case study in which a university art museum engaged local children and adults to share images and stories of their experience as practitioners of five of the world's major religions. These contemporary, local perspectives were presented through an exhibition combining ritual objects with documentary photographs; public performances of stories; and curricular resources designed to support middle school teachers in introducing Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The case study shows how museums with collections of ritual objects can activate them on behalf of society's urgent need for interfaith dialogue and understanding to contribute to a more just and generous world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina