Lynn Neal is Associate Professor of Religion at Wake Forest University
I was sitting around the seminar table with eighteen students in a course on religion and popular culture. To get the discussion started, I asked them about the results of their web-based research on firsthand accounts of becoming a Star Trek fan. Numerous hands went up, research results were shared and analyzed, and a meaningful discussion ensued. This pattern of engagement continued throughout the semester. In many ways, I viewed this class as a success. Great discussion is often the summit that we active-learning teachers seek to reach, but in some strange way I struggled with this particular success.