In response to the California state legislature’s call for the state’s college systems to include Sikhism in world religion courses, a religious studies professor considers why certain communities have often been excluded from syllabi:
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the experiences of “Indians” convicted me to reflect on this matter. The founders of my academic discipline are partially responsible for the painful histories these peoples came to experience. And in my syllabi, I’ve had a tendency to continue that legacy, albeit discursively.
Read more from Richard Newton on his blog Sowing the Seed.