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Carol Robb   
Margaret Dollar Professor of Christian Social Ethics
PhD, Boston University

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Biographical Information
While Carol Robb, the Margaret Dollar Professor of Christian Social Ethics, teaches what appears to be an abstract discipline, her classes are intensely hands-on, real-life explorations of actions and consequences. Robb structures the process of creating ethics around social, economic and environmental concerns. Classes often incorporate actions such as starting the Seminary garden, now 15 years old and still growing, or getting solar panels installed on Oxtoby Hall dormitory to heat water. Economic Ethics students have taught themselves ways to exit the industrial food chain by making their own fresh cheeses or soy-based Asian culinary sauces, for example. Robb, who earned a PhD from Boston University, has incorporated experiential learning throughout her career. "Paulo Freire, who wrote Pedagogy of the Oppressed, calls for us to take people's lives as a starting point for teaching something new," she said. "I try to find different entry points into learning." Robb has incorporated experiential learning since arriving at SFTS in 1985. Previously, she was Assistant Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Robb's most recent book is Wind, Sun, Soil, Spirit: Biblical Ethics and Climate Change, which she started when she was a consultant for the World Council of Church's Climate Change Programme in May 2000. "My students tell me that the book helps them to coalesce all the Bible they have taken here at the Seminary." Robb is in the early stages of investigating first people's land rights in light of human rights to culture, land and identity.

 
 
 

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