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This annual event brings together nationally recognized scholars and secondary school teachers from around North America to make contacts and hear about new developments in the fields of ethics and the major religious traditions of the world.

When: 11/21/2014
8:30 AM
Where: San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, California  92101

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CSEE Member Schools: $160
Non-Members: $195

About this Event:
This annual event brings together nationally recognized scholars and secondary school teachers from around North America to make contacts and hear about new developments in the fields of ethics and 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. 

Attendees at this event receive a discounted rate at the 3-day American Academy of Religion Meeting ($85). 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.

Schedule (tentative)

8:30 - 9:00      Check in, introductions
9:00 - 10:15    Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D. "The Five Great Elements"
10:15 - 10:30  Break
10:30 - 11:45  Asif Azhar, "Teaching Islam"

11:45 - 12:45  Lunch

12:45 - 2:00    Robin R. Wang, Ph.D., "Qi for Life"
2:00 - 3:30      Teacher to Teacher sharing

Robin R. Wang

Qi for Life: The Daoist Account of Spiritual Equanimity

Medicine heals the sicknesses of bodies; but wisdom (sophie) rides the soul of its suffering (pathe).

Pythagorus identified three distinct life styles: the acquisitive, the competitive, and the contemplative. He argued that contemplation, awarensss, awakening is by far the best lifestyle: transformative living. In this presentation Dr. Wang will focus on the Daoist account of the human condition and human spirituality. The core of Daoist spirituality is a spiritual equanimity within a conceptual framework that interprets the direct personal transformation and engagement with the world.

Robin Wang is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University, where she specializes in Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Ethics. Her current projects include book chapters on "Yinyang Gender Dynamics" for the Bloomsbury Research Handbook to Chinese Philsophy and Gender, and "Daoism and Feminist Philosophy" (Routledge), as well as a book on Daoist Spirituality (University of Hawaii Press).

Christopher Chapple 

The Five Great Elements in Indian Religion

Christopher Key Chapple's presentation will focus on "some fun current research on the topic of sustained reflection on the five great elements," with lots of group participation.  

Chapple is the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University. He served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism at SUNY Stony Brook before moving to his current position at Loyola Marymount. At LMU he co-founded the program in Asian and Pacific Studies, and establised the Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program through LMU's Center for Religion and Spirituality. He is co-author of In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prthivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda (2011), Editor-in-Chief of World of Philosophy: A Harmony (2011), and Editor of both Yoga and Ecology: Dharma for Earth (2009) and The Bhagavad Gita, 25th Anniversary Edition (2009).

Asif Azhar

Teaching Islam: Choices in Content, Depth and Emphasis.

Asif Ashar will examine various choices a teacher might make in the teaching of Islam, depending on content, depth, and emphasis. He will include lessons and projects, and a discussion of resources.

Azhar teaches at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California. He is a graduate of Pomona College in physics and mathematics, and has a master's degree in physics from Brown University. At Viewpoint, he teaches World Philosophies/Religions to high school seniors, as well as AP Calculus and Physics. He is the Curricular Advisor for Accelerated Programs and the President of the Cum Laude Society.

What past participants have said about this event:
"Great range of presentations in a small amount of time. Very rich." - 2013 Participant
"I found the Teacher-to-Teacher session very useful!" - 2013 Participant
"I liked the combination of teacher sharing and scholar sharing, and simply having the opportunity to talk with other teachers makes it worthwhile." - 2013 Participant 
Area Hotels

If attending the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, hotel reservations can be made through their site. See more information here.

If just attending the CSEE meeting, there are a few hotels in the area not booked for AAR. We recommend making reservations as soon as possible. These include:

The Wyndham San Diego Bayside (1.2 miles away, $180 per night)

Horton Grand Hotel (0.4 miles away, $130 per night)

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay (0.7 miles away, $260 per night)

Omni Hotel San Diego (0.2 miles away, $230 per night)



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