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Institute on Teaching World Religions 2016
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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.

6/19/2016 to 6/24/2016
When: June 19-June 24, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 6:00pm - Friday, June 24 (morning departure)
Where: Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, Pennsylvania  19085
United States

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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.

Presenters this year include Homayra Ziad and Alison Kysia, scholars of Islam from the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, and Michael Friedman of Georgetown University, presenting on Buddhism and Judaism, plus more! This year’s institute will also include daily sessions on how to bring learned material into the classroom, and activity sharing time.



Homayra Ziad and Alison Kysia:

  • Poetry, music, and devotional Islam
  • Shariah, patriotism, and Islam in America
  • Gender, hijab and Muslim feminism

Michael Friedman:

  • Movements in American Judaism
  • Gender Issues in Contemporary Judaism
  • Buddhism 101: Exploring the Three Gems
  • Spotlight on Buddhism in Tibet 


Sunday Afternoon (June 19)
4:00pm - overnight guests can check-in
6:00pm - 8:30pm
- Registration
- Gathering and Introductions
- Dinner
- Why Teach World Religions?
- Planning for the Week

8:30am - 3:30pm

- Poetry, Music, and Devotional Islam - Homayra Ziad and Alison Kysia
- Shariah, Patriotism, and Islam in America - Homayra Ziad and Alison Kysia
- Gender, Hijab and Muslim Feminism - Homayra Ziad and Alison Kysia
- Reflection Exercise on the Day - Westtown School Team 

8:30am - 3:30pm
- Morning at Westtown School – Exchange of Best-Practices and Resources Among Participants 
- Movements in American Judaism - Michael Friedman
- Gender Issues in Contemporary Judaism - Michael Friedman
- Reflection Exercise - Westtown School Team
8:30am - Noon
- Buddhism 101: Exploring the Three Gems - Michael Friedman
- Lunch
- Afternoon free to explore the city

8:30am - 8:30pm
- Spotlight on Buddhism in Tibet - Michael Friedman
- Lunch
- Roman Catholicism: Fact, Fiction, and Origins of Current Reality - Bob Mattingly 
- Dinner
- Reflection Exercise - Westtown School Team
- Review of the event - Bob Mattingly 
- End of the Institute (Villanova is booked through that night, so overnight guests are invited to depart the morning of June 24th.)

Friday (June 24)
- Breakfast available, departure


“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 



Overnight guests will stay in the Villanova Dormitory. Each quad apartment has four private rooms, joined by a living area, a kitchenette, and two shared baths. Rooms include linens. CSEE will accommodate requests for those who would like to be in the same quad apartment as availability allows. The Fitness Center is open for use Monday-Friday.


Travel / Directions

Villanova is located 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia, about 20 miles from Philadelphia International Airport. The campus is easily accessible by car, commuter train, trolly or bus. For more information, please visit the Villanova maps & directions webpage.

For those driving, CSEE will provide a parking pass. Please notify us in advance.  






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