Houston’s own Bun B will be teaming up with Rice University for the online version of their class that fuses Religion and the hip-hop culture together. Along with Religious Studies Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) Anthony Pinn, the new Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course, or RELI157x, will be offered for free through the university and will build on their original course that he and the UGK rapper had taught on campus.
“This course gave me the opportunity to let people see a side of hip-hop that isn’t always discussed,” Bun B said in a press release. “We’ve started a conversation that cannot end until people have a better understanding of who we are and what we do.”
Bun and Pinn began their teachings when they first launched the class back in 2010. Now that the demand for the class has increased over the years, they decided to bring the course to the Internet community, making it the first massive open online course for them both.
“Our classroom course at Rice went so well that people off campus were contacting us and asking us about the course and how they could take it,” Pinn said. “Working with Bun in the classroom, it became clear that there were ways of learning and teaching that we hadn’t tapped. The MOOC gave us a way to be even more creative and innovative in terms of how we link the rest of world with the cultural richness and diversity of Houston to get information across.”
The course will expand on questions like What is religion? What is hip-hop? Are they the same thing? Do they overlap? During the six-week course, Pinn and Bun B will provide the tools necessary to let students critically engage the world in which they live and answer these questions for themselves. Pinn and Bun will use a mix of videos, readings, music, images, stories and behind-the-scenes insider perspectives. Even though the class starts Mach 24th, there’s still time to sign up for the online class.