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Institute on Teaching the World's Religions
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CSEE's summer institute brings together university scholars and teachers of the world's religious traditions for five days of study, discussion, activity sharing, and camaraderie.

6/22/2015 to 6/26/2015
When: June 22-26, 2015
6pm, Monday - Departure Friday Night or Saturday Morning
Where: San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA
1500 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, California  94960
United States

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Please note: the women's dormitory is now full. We still have limited space in the men's dorm. Space is still available for day-only attendees. 

CSEE Member School Faculty: $1095 (includes room and board) or $595 (day-only, includes lunch)

Non-Members: $1495 (includes room and board) or $795 (day-only, includes lunch)


About this Event

CSEE's institute brings together university scholars and world religion teachers from around North America for five days of study, discussion, activity sharing and camaraderie. Participants will leave with new knowledge, new ideas for the classroom, a list of resources and enduring contacts.

This year’s presenters include:  

Linda Hess, Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Dr. Hess will do an introduction to Hinduism, followed by a more in-depth look at the medieval Hindu poet-saints and Kabir. The second day, she will address a variety of topics important in the religions of South Asia, including Jainism. See agenda below for details.
Jeremy Brown, Ph.D. (University of San Francisco) 
Professor Brown will present on Judaism and the melding of religious cultures in medieval Spain.

Plus more!

“The content was incredible... The quality of presenters—and participants—made for an exceptional learning experience. Thank you!” - past participant

“The people are always the most amazing part—the participants and the presenters alike. I feel like I’m coming home to ‘my people’ when I come to this conference.” - two time attendee 



June 22nd
4pm  -  Overnight Guests Welcome to Check-In
6pm  -  Opening Dinner
7pm  -  Participant Introductions, Introduction to the Institute
7:30-8:30pm  -  Why Teach Religions? (David Streight)

June 23rd
8:30am - 3:30pm (Jeremy Brown, Ph.D.)
  - Basics of Judaism for the Classroom (Jeremy Brown)
  - Judaism and the Coexistence of Cultures in Medieval Spain (Jeremy Brown)

June 24th
8:30am - 10:15am  -  Teaching Islam: Selected Topics and Lessons for the Classroom (Asif Azhar)
10:30 - noon  -  On Sunnis and Shi'ites: The Early Split (David Streight)

Afternoon and evening free to explore area, visit San Francisco

June 25th (Linda Hess, Ph.D.)
8:30am - 10:15  -  Religions in South Asia: The Big Picture and the Indus Valley
10:30 - 12:00  -  Hinduism:The First 1500 Years of concepts & texts
1:00 - 3:30pm  -  Hindu Stories & Their Performances: Ramayana and Mahabharata

June 26th (Linda Hess, Ph.D.)
8:30am - 9:00  -  The Hindu Gods; Literature of Devotion in Sanskrit
9:00 - 10:15  -  Practicing Hinduism: Ritual Devotion, Rites of Passage, and more

10:30 - 12:00  -  Bhakti/devotion: Mystical Poetry in Vernacular Languages
1:00 - 3:30pm  -  Kabir : via history, poetry, music and film
4:00 - 5:30pm  -  Teaching Buddhism and Taoism: Selected Topics and Lessons (Asif Azhar)
6:00 - 7:00pm  -  Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm  -  Resource Sharing, Evaluations

Depart. San Domenico is booked through that night, so overnight guests are invited to depart the morning of June 27th.



Overnight guests will stay in the San Domenico dorms. Some rooms are single, and some are shared doubles (available on first come, first served basis). Each wing (separated by male / female) has shared shower / bathroom facilities, and a kitchen. Meals will be catered by Epicurean Group. Guests will have access to the gym (after 5pm), tennis courts (after 5pm) and pool (after 6pm). Rooms come with linens.

There are also hotels about 3 miles east of San Domenico, if you'd prefer to register as a day-only attendee and stay at a hotel.


Travel / Directions

San Domenico is located 30 miles north of the San Francisco Airport, and 29 miles northwest of the Oakland Airport. 

For directions to the San Domenico Campus:






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