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Megan Goodwin and Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerth
The Killjoy’s Guide to Religion
August 25, 2022
Two religion professors team up to launch an irreverent and informative podcast, and become what host Ambereen Khan calls "the Click and Clack of religion podcasting."
“..we can change this system and we wanna do it with jokes…” August 25, 2022
Self-described religion nerds, Dr. Megan Goodwin and Dr. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst co-host Keeping it 101: The Killjoy’s Guide to Religion Podcast.  They describe their journey into public scholarship, areas of expertise, and how their work together is fueled by a calling to share how history, politics, gender, race, and politics contribute to our understanding of what we call religion..

The fifth season of the podcast is inspired by a pop culture meme from Schitt’s Creek.  Incorrect drops into podfeeds on August 31, 2022, will tackle the most frequent subjects students and the public get wrong.  Everything from Jihad to Abortion to religious violence - the cohosts bring humor and a heaping dose of history and context to answer common questions.

The space for exploring religion is limited in our civic and public life.  However, that’s not the case in interfaith and multi-faith networks and organizations.  Beyond the podcast, we explore how Dr. Goodwin and Dr.  Morgenstein Fuerst enter these spaces, their personal experiences and what they have learned about themselves along the way.

Megan Goodwin, Ph.D.
is the former Program Director for Sacred Writes, a Luce-funded project promoting public scholarship on religion hosted by Northeastern University. Her formal expertise is in issues of gender, sexuality, race, politics, and American religions. Her first book, Abusing Religion: Literary Persecutions, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions is available through Rutgers.

Megan Goodwin Ph.D. Image courtesy "Keeping It 101"
Megan Goodwin, Ph.D.

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Religion and the director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. Her formal expertise is in Islam in South Asia, racialization of Muslims, and global histories of imperialism. Her first book, Indian Muslim Minorities & the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels, and Jihad, is available through Bloomsbury. She is also co-editor of Words of Experience: Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst (Equinox).

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Ph.D. Photo curtesy "Keeping It 101"
Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Ph.D.
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