Current Position: Director of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education and Lecturer on Religion and Education at Harvard Divinity School.
Brief Bio: Diane L. Moore serves as Director of the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at Harvard Divinity School and is on the editorial board of the Journal Religion and Education. In addition to her appointment at the Divinity School as Lecturer on Religion and Education, Professor Moore is on the faculty of Phillips Andover Academy, where she teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. She is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Research Interests: Religion, values and public education with a special emphasis on the intersections of critical theory and teaching about religion in the schools from a multicultural perspective
Perspective on Conference Themes: A central purpose of education in the twenty-first century must be to promote a sense of moral and ethical responsibility for protecting human rights in both local and global arenas. Religion is a powerful dimension of human experience that has served to inspire heinous acts of violence and cruelty as well as unfathomable expressions of courage, hope and compassion. It is important to equip future generations with the tools to better understand the critical role that religion plays in shaping the social and political environments that foster these extremes in an effort to thwart our worst capacities and to cultivate our finest ones.
- · Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Multicultural Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, 2006)