Encountering Religious and Cultural Traditions

2017-2018 Series Fostering Religious Literacy and Interreligious Understanding

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
3:27 PM - 3:27 PM
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018; all sessions begin at 12:00 noon


free and open to the public


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN

Renowned scholar of religion Wilfred Cantwell Smith argued that in order to “understand Buddhists, we must not look at something called Buddhism but at the world so far as possible through Buddhist eyes.” Likewise, in order to understand Judaism, Hinduism, and so on, we must not look at Judaism, Hinduism and so on, but at the worldviews of Jews, Hindus, and so. In his New York Times Bestseller, Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero writes “I am convinced that one needs to know something about the world’s religions in order to be truly educated,” and argues that “you need religious literacy in order to be an effective citizen.” This year-long series aims to foster religious literacy and interreligious understanding by examining the world through the eyes of religious scholars and practitioners from various traditions. They will share their own lived experiences of their traditions and also address common stereotypes and misconceptions. 

Date Speaker Tradition
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Rabbi Norman Cohen Judaism
Thursday, October 5, 2017 Shaikha Tamara Gray Islam
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Murphy Pizza Contemporary Paganisms
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chris Stedman Secular Humanism and "Faitheism"
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Satya Balroop Hinduism
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Bob Klanderud Dakota Worldview
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Mark Berkson Chinese Traditions
Thursday, March 22, 2018 Ben Connelly Buddhism
To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.

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