Rice University in Houston, Texas, has announced that it will offer a new massive open online course (MOOC) entitled “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture.” The course will begin on March 24 and will last for six weeks. Students can expect to devote two to five hours a week to the course. The new MOOC may be audited for free and students can sign up here.
The course will be taught by hip-hop artist Bernard “Bun B” Freeman and Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice University. Dr. Pinn is founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. He is also the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. His most recent book, which he co-edited, is The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (Routledge, 2014).
Dr. Pinn has taught at Rice University since 2003. Previously, he served on the faculty at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Professor Pin is a graduate of Columbia University. He holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D.
Below is a short video discussing the new online course.