Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Course Schedule

2015-2017 "World Religions in Greater Indianapolis" NEH Program

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Course Schedule


Friday, September 25, 2015

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Overview of Program and New Religious Communities in Indianapolis

Co-Directors from both Ivy Tech and IUPUI meet with all participants, and discuss and answer questions about the program’s goals and schedule. Co-directors Curtis and Farnsley will deliver an hour-long lecture about the world religious traditions present in Greater Indianapolis and open up discussion about the communities to be covered in the project, including Jews from Russia and Ukraine, Spanish-speaking Catholics from Latin America, Muslims from West Africa, Hindus from India, and Buddhists from Vietnam. In addition, we will highlight the importance of the course module assignments.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

9 AM-12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Jewish Religious Traditions and Sacred Texts

Guest Scholar: Guadalupe González Diéguez, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington Department of Religious Studies and Spanish and Portuguese

Readings:

John Bowker, "Judaism," in World Religions, 124-147

Excerpts from the Tenakh, the Hebrew Bible available online at http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Hebrew_Index.htm

Readings on Covenants with Abraham and Moses:

Genesis 12-17; Exodus 19-24

Excerpt from the Nevi’im, second major section of the Hebrew Bible:

Isaiah 57:14–58:14 (recited during Yom Kippur)

Excerpt from the Ketuvim, the third major section of the Hebrew Bible:

Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, 1-8

Excerpts from the Talmud:

Mishnah Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” http://www.shechem.org/torah/avot.html

Baba Metzia, Foilio Page 59B, http://www.come-and-hear.com/babamezia/babamezia_59.html

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Jewish History in the United States and Greater Indianapolis

Guest Scholar: Sarah Imhoff, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington Department of Religious Studies

Reading:

Hasia Diner, A New Promised Land: A History of Jews in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 184 pp.

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

9 AM–12 PM, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation or Etz Chaim

Community Leader: Natalia Rekhter

Dialogue with Jewish Immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Russia, and Ukraine

Instructors will have the opportunity to ask Russian and Ukrainian and immigrants from other parts of the former Soviet Union a wide variety of questions, including perhaps about their lives before coming to the United States, their experience as new Americans, and the meaning and function of Jewish religious traditions in a local setting.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Christian Religious Traditions and Sacred Texts

Guest Scholar: Peter Thuesen, Chair and Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Department of Religious Studies

Readings:

John Bowker, "Christianity," in World Religions, 150-173

Excerpts from the New Testament (Revised Standard Version),

Available online at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/r/rsv/browse.html

The Gospels: Mark 1:1-14

Book of Acts: Acts 2:1-47 (Pentecost)

The Epistles: Romans 1:1-32

Book of Revelation: 21-22 (all verses)

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Christian History in the United States and in Indianapolis

Lead Scholar: Arthur Farnsley, Co-Director

Reading:

David Wills, Christianity in the United States (South Bend, Ind.: Notre Dame University Press, 2005), 1-84.

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, St. Monica’s Church, St. Augustine Room

Guest Scholar: Arthur Canales, Associate Professor of Theology, Marian University

Dialogue with Spanish-speaking Roman Catholic Immigrants

Instructors will have the opportunity to ask Spanish-speaking immigrants a wide variety of questions, including perhaps about their lives before coming to the United States, their experience as new Americans, and the meaning and function of Christian religious traditions in a local setting.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Islamic Religious Traditions and Sacred Texts

Lead Scholar: Edward Curtis, Co-Director

Readings:

John Bowker, "Islam," in World Religions, 176-195

Excerpts from the Qur’an:

Al-Fatihah: http://quran.com/1

Al-Qadr: http://quran.com/97

Al-Qari‘a: http://quran.com/101

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 107

Muslim Communities in the United States and Greater Indianapolis

Lead Scholar: Edward Curtis, Co-Director

Reading:

Edward E. Curtis IV, Muslims in America: A Short History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).  

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

10:30 – 12 Noon, Al-Huda Mosque, Fishers, Indiana

Dialogue with Muslim Immigrants

Hosted by Dr. Sohel Anwar, Dr. Shaker Rashid, and Dr, Salah El-Saharty

Instructors will have the opportunity to ask Muslim immigrants a wide variety of questions, including perhaps about their lives before coming to the United States, their experience as new Americans, and the meaning and function of Islamic religious traditions in a local setting.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, LRC 107

Hindu Religious Traditions and Sacred Texts

Guest Scholar: Chad Bauman, Chair and Professor, Butler University Religious Studies Department

Readings: Gita excerpt for NEH.pdf

               Chandogya Upanishad Excerpt for NEH.pdf

John Bowker, "Hinduism," in World Religions, 20-43

Bhagavad Gita, Teachings 1 – 4, 9and the Chandogya Upanishad, 6th Prapathaka, Khandas 8-16

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus, IFC Room 521

Hindu Communities in the United States and Greater Indianapolis

Guest Scholar: Andrea Jain, Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Religious Studies Department

Reading: Gurinder Singh Mann, Paul Numrich, and Raymond Williams, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 43-95.

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Hindu Temple

Dialogue with Indian Hindu Immigrants

Instructors will have the opportunity to ask Hindu immigrants a wide variety of questions, including perhaps about their lives before coming to the United States, their experience as new Americans, and the meaning and function of Hindu religious traditions in a local setting.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech, LRC 107

Buddhist Religious Traditions and Sacred Texts

Guest Scholar: Heather Blair, Indiana University Bloomington Religious Studies Department

Readings:

John Bowker, "Buddhism," in World Religions, 60-81

Buddhist poetry (Therigatha) and Buddhist sacred stories (Jatakas), available in IU Box

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech Campus LRC 107

Buddhist History in the United States and Greater Indianapolis

Community Leader: Sister Ange, An Lac Vietnamese American Buddhist Association

Reading: Gurinder Singh Mann, Paul Numrich, and Raymond Williams, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 1-42.

Course Module Assignment: Prepare a module that you can incorporate into one of your existing course based on what you learned from the readings. Please include the following sections: (1) Goals of the Module; (2) Assigned Readings and/or Websites; (3) Study Questions and/or Discussions Prompts for Students; and (4) Written Assignments and/or other Assessment Instruments.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

9 AM–12 PM, An Lac Buddhist Sangha Center

Dialogue with Vietnamese Buddhist Immigrants

Instructors will have the opportunity to ask Vietnamese Buddhist immigrants a wide variety of questions, including questions about their lives before coming to the United States, their experience as new Americans, and the meaning and function of Buddhist religious traditions in a local setting.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

9 AM–12 PM, Ivy Tech IFC 101/102

All Community Meeting: Outcomes of the Program

In this final meeting, community dialogue partners and Ivy Tech faculty, staff, and students will be invited to hear from the participants about how the program has added to their teaching at Ivy Tech. Each participant will describe one of the course modules that they designed and taught in an existing class, how the teaching of that module added to their student learning outcomes, and how they might alter the module in the future.


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