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Join world religion teachers from around North America for three days of study, discussion and inspiration!

 Export to Your Calendar 6/24/2019 to 6/27/2019
When: June 24-27, 2018
Start: Monday, June 24, 4pm; End: Thursday, June 28, 10:00am
Where: Saint Thomas Choir School
202 West 58th Street
New York, New York  10019
United States

Online registration is available until: 6/21/2019
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Including Meals and Accommodations:  

Day-Only Attendees (includes lunch):  $700


Including Meals and Accommodations:  $1100 

Day-Only Attendees (includes lunch):  $900



Join world religion teachers from around North America for three days of study, discussion and inspiration! 

Knowledge of the world's religious traditions is vitally important for communication and understanding in our current world. CSEE's institute brings together university scholars and world religion teachers for study, discussion, activity sharing and camaraderie. Participants will leave with new knowledge, new ideas for the classroom, helpful resources and enduring contacts. Sessions will also include ways to incorporate the learned material into the classroom setting.

Key Presentations

Religious Literacy and Cultural Studies: Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School works with K-12 and community college educators to advance the public understanding of religion with special attention to power, peace, and conflict. We believe that by promoting a more complex understanding of the roles religions play in both history and contemporary affairs, educators can train students to be active participants in building a more just and peaceful society. This workshop will introduce participants to the RLP’s approach and how religious literacy can be integrated into their courses.


Lauren R. Kerby is the Education Specialist for the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School and an Instructor in Religious Studies and Education at Harvard Extension School. She leads outreach to educators across the country and collaborates with them to integrate the study of religion into their courses. She earned her PhD in the study of American religion from Boston University.

Sarabinh Levy-Brightman is the Senior Curriculum, Resource, and Training Associate for the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School. She develops programming and curricular resources for teachers with an emerging focus on supporting religious literacy through the study of literature. She holds Master’s degrees in the study of religion from the University of Chicago and Harvard Divinity School.

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Religion, Science, & Technology: Practical Education for Civic Engagement

In this workshop, we will explore how the intersections of religion, science, and technology are crucial to civic engagement in the twenty-first century. We will first discuss the nature of each concept, but more importantly the nature of their intersection. With agreed-upon definitions for such interactions, the presenter will then reveal how those kinds of intersections occupy his own teaching and his research in varied cultures, with particular reference to the digital technologies of robotics, artificial intelligence, and videogames. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of how one might incorporate such study into a high school curriculum, with particular interest in how that study could be leveraged to benefit students who will soon enter public life as adults and full citizens in the body politic.


Robert M Geraci is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in New York City. He is internationally recognized for his research addressing the intersection of religion and technology, and is presently working on two projects engaging how religion and science intersect in India. He is the author of three books: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Oxford 2010), Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life (Oxford, 2014), and Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science (Lexington, 2018). His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Religion, and two separate Fulbright-Nehru research awards (2012-13, 2018-19); he is a Fellow in the International Society for Science and Religion.



“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 



Monday June, 24th

4pm - Overnight Guests are welcome to check-in from 4-6pm
6pm - Opening Dinner on site
7pm - Welcome from CSEE, Participant Introductions, and Information Session about the Institute
8pm - "Why Teach About World Religions and How to Do It Well?" - Brian Blackmore

Tuesday June 25th

8am - Breakfast
9am - Lauren Kerby and Sarabinh Levy-Brightman from the Harvard Divinity School of Religious Literacy
12pm - Lunch
4pm - Robert Geraci

6pm - Dinner out: on your own or in groups.


Wednesday June 26th

8am - Breakfast
9am-12pm - Presenter TBA
12pm - Lunch
1pm-4pm - Presenter TBA

6pm - Dinner out: on your own or in groups.


Thursday June 27th

8am - Breakfast
9am-11am - Presentation
Evaluations and Closing Remarks


Travel / Accommodations


Laguardia, Newark, and JFK airports serve the area. The school is one block away from the Columbus Circle subway station (A, C, B, D, and 1 trains), and on the same block as the 57th Street-7th Avenue subway station (N, Q, R, and W trains). For a map and more information on getting to Choir School, please visit:


Participants will have single rooms in the St. Thomas Choir School dormitory. 

The Area

St. Thomas Choir School is located in the heart of Manhattan: one block walk to Central Park, ten blocks to Times Square, six blocks to the Museum of Modern Art, and ten blocks to Rockefeller Center. In addition to things within walking distance, the school has convenient subway access to many other parts of the city.


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