The Mahle Lectures

Teaching Race, Memory, Justice, and Reconciliation

May 7, 2024

The Project on Lived Theology assembled a workgroup of ten professors from church-related colleges and universities who teach undergraduate courses for Lift Every Voice and Teach: Teaching Race, Memory, Justice, and Reconciliation (LEVaT).  The two-year project culminated in a colloquium at Hamline University (May 18–20, 2023) bringing together twenty-six participants from twenty-one church-affiliated and Christian colleges and universities in disciplines ranging from Biblical studies and theology to anthropology, sociology, history, English literature, and theater.

The inaugural issue of The Mahle Lectures presents content from the workshops and some of the conversations at the Lift Every Voice and Teach Colloquium. The articles are not academic papers—though they contain significant academic research, wisdom, and classroom experience—they are “Workshop Notes” that serve as both a record of our gathering at a particular moment in the history of American Christianity and education and hopefully a place for our colleagues to glean some ideas, tools, and inspiration for their own teaching and to continue the conversation.

From Charlottesville to Minneapolis: An Introduction to the Lift Every Voice and Teach Workgroup
Peter Slade

Workshop Notes: Structural Change in Christian Higher Education
Wongi Park and Aida Isela Ramos

Workshop Notes: Identifying Racial Narratives
Drew G. Hart and Karen Johnson

Workshop Notes: Christian Perspectives on Race
Kelly W. Figueroa-Ray and Mark Mulder

Workshop Notes: Teaching Race In Diverse Classrooms Without Hurting Our Students
Patricia Brown and Peter Slade

Workshop Notes: Faculty’s Positionality and Soul Care
Rebecca Y. Kim and Nicholas Rowe

A Principled Pedagogy: Resources from the LEVaT Workgroup and Colloquium
Peter Slade