Dante Quick

 Dante Quick

AddressAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
2606 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA

The Howard Washington Thurman Doctoral Teaching Fellow, American Baptist Seminary of the West

B.A., Morehouse College,
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Candidate, GTU,

Teaching is an insurgent activity. Its telos is first and foremost to expand the intellectual and social possibilities of those who are placed within ones educational laboratory. The role of the teacher is to foster an environment that is triangulated by innovation, intellectual rigor, and contextual awareness. In as much as this is true, educational facilitation, done with excellence, demands that one be open to a reciprocal learning experience in which professor and students leave the experience having enriched each other. In the postmodern era, religious educators must employ a broader range of intellectual tools if they are to create dynamic learning environments.

Innovation demands the utilization of frameworks from the intellectual worlds of cultural/social criticism, economics, political science, etc. Deployment of a broad and diverse framework demands a taxing intellectual rigor. As one who has had to fight the trinity of race, dyslexia and poverty in my ascent to this level of academic engagement, my pedagogical philosophy finds its base in a demanding work ethic. It takes a twofold form: First, I must comprehend the subject matter with a high level of competence. Second, I must be able to communicate the subject matter in an engaging and precise manner. Such a commitment demands the incorporation of a variety of pedagogical tools. Hence, to stimulate the educational experience of students who are being raised in a world filled with a multiplicity of stimuli is to incorporate music, movies, art and other cultural products into the educational experience.

This practice demands that I facilitate critical conversations between the students and the course material. As such, healthy confrontation will be encouraged. “The most successful hermeneutic conversations are uncomfortable precisely because they set in motion processes of mutual challenging, questioning and learning.”1 Education involves freedom from brands of ignorance (i.e., all of the culturalism’s) that are often reified by years of familial, communal, and political alliances. Therefore, a critical pedagogical approach is intent on contesting ideas and bias’ that limit potential in order to facilitate growth.

Areas of interests: Black Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Political Theology and Critical Race Theory

Areas of Interest

Insurgent activity;

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