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Connect with colleagues 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.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Where: Room 006C, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
900 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas  78205
United States

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Member: $175
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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 of $85 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.


John Grim is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University. He is also Co-Coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, and series editor of "World Religions and Ecology" from Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. John has edited pieces on Indigenous Traditions and Ecology, and has taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions. He will be presenting at our event on Native American Traditions.  
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Simran Jeet Singh is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity University, where he teaches Islamic Studies, and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, where he is responsible for educating the broader public about the Sikh tradition. Singh speaks and writes frequently about issues of religion, culture, diversity, and discrimination. 
Despite being the world's fifth largest religion, Sikhism remains largely unknown. Such misunderstandings have led to violent consequences, including school bullying, discriminatory policies, and hate violence. In this session, Dr. Singh will talk about his experience as a Sikh growing up in Texas while also shedding light on basic aspects of the religion and its practice around the world. 

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Adina Meyer is a high school humanities and religion teacher, who has been at Northwest School (Seattle) since 1989. Her 12th grade elective, Religion and Society, explores the basic beliefs, text and practices of major world religions as well as smaller and newer religious movements. She particularly enjoys discussing the relationship between religion and popular American culture. 

Teaching about Contemporary Religious Movements: Adina will explore ways to present newer religious movements to high school students. The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and Christian Scientists are important parts of American culture. Students are often eager to learn about "cults," but in Adina's class they discuss these religions, from the Shakers to Scientology, with a critical academic lens rather than a sensationalist slant. Students have fun learning about the origins, beliefs and practices of these more recently founded religions, while applying the same set of analytical tools to their study as they do with the "major religions" of the world. Adina will present basic information about some of these religions, along with resources for further study and ideas for teaching effectively about them.  



"Great range of presentations in a small amount of time. Very rich." 
"I found the Teacher-to-Teacher session very useful!"
"I liked the combination of teacher sharing and scholar sharing, and simply having the opportunity to talk with other teachers makes it worthwhile."  



9:00am  -  John Grim

10:30am  -  Simran Jeet Singh

12:00pm  -  Lunch

1:00pm  -  Adina Meyer

2:30pm  -  Teacher-to-Teacher Sharing

Evaluations & Closing

4:00pm  -  Departure


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.



Coffee in the morning and lunch are included in the registration fee.


Travel / Accommodations

The convention center (900 E. Market Street) is located 9 miles south of the San Antonio Airport. Our meeting will be in Room 006C.

AAR / SBL has compiled a great list of hotels on their website. If you are attending the AAR proceedings, we recommend that you take advantage of their bulk hotel rates, as outlined on their site.



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