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Evangelicalism

July 14, 2017

Dolfi, Elizabeth
Evangelicalism

Words cannot express how much I loved Liz and this class. Liz is a Phd candidate so she's not teaching in the 2017-2018 school year but I hope she comes back because she is a gem in this university. First of all Liz is really approachable and open about here thought processes as a teacher and doesn't assign anything she doesn't think is absolutely essential. She also weaves in a really cool and nuanced queer and feminist discourse into everything we did which you don't always get to see in a religion class. Most importantly though, Professor Dolfi forced us to both challenge the racism/sexism/homophobia that we found in Evangelical culture while simultaneously forcing us to explain why we found certain practices uncomfortable. She really wanted us to be responsible ethnographers-not afraid to say when something is problematic, but also challenging our own biases both in fear of other cultures and blind acceptance of our own. She valued student discussion while also filling gaps in our knowledge with really interesting lectures. This class is basically what made me realize I wanted to be a Religion major and I'm currently trying to figure out the least awkward way to befriend her this coming year because she really has been a wonderful mentor for me (also she's just really cool and I want to be her friend).

Workload:

The structure of the course was weekly postings on the class Courseworks forum asking questions about or responding to that week's readings. The only big assignment was our research project (abt 10-15 pages) on pretty much anything we wanted to study in Evangelical culture. There's basically one rough draft (and peer editing round) and then you hand it in. There are also weekly discussion leaders (who work from the Courseworks question) so one time in the semester you will need to do that. This structure really worked amazingly for me personally but I definitely think that some people might find it difficult with so little feedback. Overall though she's a pretty fair/generous grader and understanding person.

September 14, 2007

Balmer, Randall Silver_nugget
Evangelicalism

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I enjoyed this class. I think Professor Balmer is a talented teacher as far as his ability to connect to students. He was able to elucidate the main facts and themes of American evangelicalism in a way that seemed to strike the right note with everyone in the class. He was also extremely friendly and helpful in office hours when I went to talk to him.
On the other hand, I didn't find his presentation of the material challenging at all. In part this may have been due to the fact that we didn't have too many thought-
provoking discussions, in which his main points were challenged or a different perspective offered. Also, there are times when you will think you're back in high school-- movies, excessive power point (where everyone proceeds to copy down every single word that is on the screen and thereby delay the class), and really, really easy exams. The most challenging part of the course was the research paper, which I found very worthwhile.
Overall, I do recommend this class if you are interested in American religious history. You'll learn and probably enjoy yourself.

Workload:

Easy- 1 research paper, midterm, (non-cumulative) final. The exams were mostly multiple choice with a few IDs.

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