By David Stowe
Professor in Religious Studies, Michigan State University
Having been involved in the first stages of what has developed into the American Religious Sounds Project, what excites me most about the latest iteration of the archive is its potential for use in the classroom. The homepage features a Teaching Resources pulldown that includes seven class activities.
Last fall my colleague Amy DeRogatis brought to my attention Activity 1, which asks students to listen to sounds from the Archive and classify them into three categories: sounds that are religious, sounds that may be, and sounds they think are not religious. Then, explain and compare their choices in the full group. I used this toward the beginning of the semester and was pleased by the results, as students recorded their choices on the board and explained their thinking.