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This annual, one-day meeting brings together nationally recognized scholars and secondary school religion teachers from around North America to make contacts and hear about new developments in the study of the major religious traditions of the world.

When: Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: Denver, Colorado 
United States

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CSEE or SAES Member Schools: $175

Non-Members: $225


Target Audience

Upper school world religions teachers and others interested in teaching world religions.


About this Event 

This annual, one-day meeting brings together nationally recognized scholars and secondary school religion teachers from around North America to make contacts and hear about new developments in the study of the major religious traditions of the world. Scholars will share their latest research, and secondary school teachers will share information about projects they are working on and classroom activities. 


Attendees at this event receive a discounted rate ($90) to attend the proceeding American Academy of Religion Meeting (this event takes place on Friday, and AAR runs Saturday, Sunday, Monday). Once registered for CSEE's meeting, a link will be emailed to register for the reduced rate at AAR. Please call CSEE with any questions: 800.298.4599.


This event will take place Friday, November 16th from 9am-4pm in the Tower Court C (I.M. Pei Tower) at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver. The proceeding AAR event will take place in area hotels and the convention center. 


Kate Zubko

Using the Body to Teach about Religion without Practicing Religion


This workshop outlines the benefits of utilizing embodied pedagogies to teach about world religions, including building classroom community and inviting students to broaden their resources for inquiry. Participants will be guided through a process for identifying the bodied movement grammars underlying practices at the center of particular religious traditions in order to create high-impact teaching exercises that are specific to each participants’ teaching context and goals. These assignments aim to enhance the materials and topics participants already use in facilitating their students’ study of religion. This working session includes learning how to design and implement somatic-based assignments that avoid problematic issues, namely cultural appropriation and the practicing of religion.


Katherine C. Zubko (Ph.D. Emory University) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and NEH Distinguished Professor of the Humanities (2018-21) at University of North Carolina Asheville. Her areas of expertise include aesthetics, ritual, performance and embodied religion in South Asia. Zubko is the author of Dancing Bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam (Lexington Books, 2014). Current research interests include exploring the bodied aspects of conflict transformation, in particular the role of gestures of compassion and hospitality, and diversifying pedagogies and interdisciplinary curriculum design as part of the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Zubko currently co-chairs the Body and Religion group and serves on the Teaching Religion unit at the American Academy of Religion.





Rose T. Caraway

We are Interconnected: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Ecology in World Religions

How do different world religions understand the relationship between mindfulness, meditation, and the natural world? This discussion will explore different approaches to meditation and mindfulness within the larger context of spiritual ecology and environmental engagement. Through an analysis of indigenous spiritualities, Mahayana Buddhism, and Christian ecotheology, this presentation will explore how individuals and communities are re-thinking the relationship between human persons and the natural world in which they are embedded.


Rose Caraway is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. She is a scholar of religion and society in Cuba, with a focus on agroecology and environmenal ethics. Her current research explores the connections between religion, ecology, and sustainable development in post-Soviet Cuba.





Christopher D.L. Johnson
Using Virtual Reality to Teach Religious Studies 
This presentation will explore the potential benefits of using virtual reality and 360-degree video in the religious studies classroom. Dr. Johnson will argue that these technologies can be powerful tools in teaching about various religions based on the presenter’s experience in class and research he has done on the topic. The talk will allow attendees to try the technology, see how it has been applied in the presenter’s courses, view sample assignments and videos, and consider potential applications in their own classes.
Christopher D.L. Johnson is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - Fond du Lac Campus. In the past, he has taught at the University of North Dakota, the University of the Bahamas, and the University of Alabama. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh and received his B.A. in Philosophy from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His primary area of research is Global Christianity and he has several publications in this area along with an interest in religious studies pedagogy. 




There are several hotels in the area, including the Sheraton Downtown Denver, where our meeting will take place. If you are attending the AAR proceedings, AAR has worked out great rates for hotels, as they are a big operation and can get good bulk deals. Here is the link to their hotels / rates:



  • The best thing about this event? “Looking at new ways and pedagogical tools to teach World Religions.”
  • “Many perspectives from true experts in each field. Loved the variety of pedagogy, philosophy, and model syllabi.”




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