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)
Thanks to a generous donor, scholarships are available for this event. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About this Event
In our current climate and ever-shrinking world, knowledge of the world's religious traditions is vitally important for communication and understanding. 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 key presenters will address world religions and ecology, Islam in the West, and Journey of the Universe. Daily sessions will also include ways to incorporate the learned material into the classroom setting.
“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
Sunday, June 25th
4pm - Overnight Guests Welcome to Check-In
6pm - Opening Dinner
7pm - Participant Introductions, Introduction to the Institute
7:30-8:30pm - Brian Blackmore: Teaching World Religions
Monday, June 26th
8:30am - 3:30pm
- Overview of World Religions and Ecology
- Introduction to Native American Religions and Ecology
- Crow Lifeway: Ritual and Ecology in the Crow Sundance, Reflections on Standing Rock
Tuesday, June 27th
8:30am - 3:30pm
Mary Evelyn Tucker:
- Chinese Religions and Ecology: Confucianism and Daoism
- Journey of the Universe
Wednesday, June 28th
8:30am - Noon
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim:
- Journey of the Universe Conversations
Afternoon free to Explore Chicago
Thursday, June 29th
8:30am - 7:30pm
- Islam in the West
Depart. Cenacle is booked through this night, so overnight guests are invited to depart the morning of Friday, June 30th
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (Yale) have helped to create the new field of world religions and ecology over the last 25 years. They will share an overview of the field as well as their special areas of study in Chinese religions and Native American traditions. In addition, they will reflect on how to teach the Emmy award winning film they produced, Journey of the Universe.
Asma Afsaruddin, presenting on Islam in the West, is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies, and an affiliated professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University.
Overnight guests will stay in the Cenacle Retreat Center rooms. These are single rooms, with shared baths. Meals will be catered by Cenacle, and we've always heard great things about their offerings. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Rooms come with linens. Cenacle is located a few blocks from beautiful Lincoln Park in Chicago, and there will be open time to enjoy the city.
Travel / Directions
Cenacle Retreat Center is located near Lincoln Park, about 13 miles east of Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and 15 miles North of Chicago Midway International Airport. For directions and transportation options, please visit Cenacle's Directions Site.
Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.