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Understanding the World through Religion

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Religious literacy is a gateway to understanding the world and a key to global citizenship.  In this workshop, participants will explore a diversity of religious traditions, movements, and institutions and will examine how they have shaped politics, economics, and societies across the globe both historically and in the present day.


Pedagogical Focus: Discussion Moves

Participants will learn how to implement discipline specific practice-based methods of instruction to facilitate text-based, whole-class and small group rich discussion.

Two hours of post workshop pedagogical follow-up is required to earn CEU credits for this course.


Course Agenda

Friday, February 7

When Where What
5:00 - 5:30 PM CERAS 308 Dinner, welcome, and orientation/introductions
5:30 - 7:30 PM CERAS 308

"African Religious Traditions, Islam and the Indigenous West African Church"

Harry Odamtten, Professor of History, University of Santa Clara

7:30 - 8:00 PM Cocktail hour (wine and light snacks)


Saturday, February 8

8:30 - 9:00 AM CERAS 308 Optional: Light breakfast and work time
9:00 - 10:30 AM CERAS 308 Pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CERAS 308

"Iran's Role in the Development of World Religions"

Abbas Milani, Director, Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

12:00 - 1:00 PM CERAS 308 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM CERAS 308 Pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross
2:30 - 4:30 PM CERAS 308

"India's Religious Landscape: Cooperation, Coexistence, and Conflict"

Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor, Religious Studies


Sunday, February 9

9:00 - 9:30 AM CERAS 308 Optional: Light breakfast and work time
9:30 - 11:00 AM CERAS 308

"Foundations of the Confucian Tradition: Historical and Contemporary Relevance"

Nicholas Constantino, History Department, UC Berkeley

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CERAS 308 Working lunch with pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross, and closing




Date and time

February 7, 2020 - February 9, 2020


Stanford University

CERAS Building, Room 308