I’m Terence Gilheany, a 45-year-old high school religion and philosophy teacher. I teach the courses “History of the Middle East” and “Abrahamic Religious Traditions,” among others, at the amazing St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware.
In July 2013 I traveled to Turkey to take the seminar Ottoman Cultures: Society, Politics and Trade in the Turkish Empire 1299-1922. I am grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education, funders of the seminar. I also want to thank Primary Source, a non-profit that “promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world.”
This blog originated when my family and I spent the 2011-2012 school year in Jerusalem with no Hebrew and no Arabic. As part of a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant, I interviewed 30 Palestinian and Israel teachers. This work resulted in my paper, “Israeli and Palestinian Teachers’ Self-Reported Motivations for Teaching Religion,” Religious Education, October-December 2013. I am extremely grateful to the Fulbright Program and to the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for making this journey possible.
All opinions expressed in this journal are my own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Fulbright, the State Department, the NEH or Primary Source.