PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: June 11, 2003
Campus seminar on religious diversity
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn will host "Worldviews:
A Seminar on American Religious Diversity" Monday, June 23 through
Saturday, June 28.
The six-day seminar will acquaint people with the changing religious
landscape of metropolitan Detroit. It will explore the perspectives and
cultural identities of many world religions, including Baha'i, Buddhism,
Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism,
and First Peoples and Native traditions.
"This seminar places an emphasis on what people believe and do,
and how that informs the meaning they make of the world," according
to Claude Jacobs, associate professor of anthropology, and director of
the Pluralism Project
at UM-Dearborn. "In addition, it will offer different models of dialogue
to increase our understanding of one another and to build a stronger sense
The seminar will include classroom lectures and discussions, films, music
and trips to religious centers for conversations with leaders and members
at the centers.
The seminar is sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Episcopal Church, and UM-Dearborn's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, the Office of the Provost and the Pluralism Project.