Dr. Elizabeth Bucar is the Director of Sacred Writes, Professor
of Religion, and Dean’s Leadership Fellow at Northeastern
University. An expert in comparative religious ethics who has
published on topics ranging from gender reassignment surgery to the
global politics of modest clothing, Bucar’s current book, Stealing
My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation, is on the ethics
of religious appropriation. She is also the author of the
award-winning trade book, Pious Fashion: How Muslim
Women Dress (Harvard University Press, 2017).
Bucar’s public scholarship includes bylines in The Atlantic,The Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, and Zocalo Public Square as well as several
podcasts. She has a PhD in religious ethics from the University
of Chicago’s Divinity School. Follow her on Twitter
Simply stated, religion matters. Religion matters not only for personal reasons, but also for social, economic, political, and military purposes. Unfortunately, studies suggest that religious knowledge and cultural literacy for any religious tradition is either in decline or is non-existent in the United States, despite being one of the most religiously diverse nation on earth. Today, religion is implicated in nearly every major national and international issue. The public arena is awash in religious explanations and arguments for nearly every issue. The goal of The Classical Ideas Podcast is to empower students with the core knowledge of major world religions to improve citizenship and agency in a diverse society. Welcome to the show!