Monday, October 3rd, 2016
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Storrs CampusPSYCH BOUSFIELD Room A106
2016 AHIMSA / NONVIOLENCE SEMINAR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 / 6PM
PSYCH BOUSFIELD â Room A106
âTeaching Religious Literacy in Americaâ
Keynote Speaker DIANE L. MOORE focuses her research on enhancing the public understanding of religion through education from the lens of critical theory. She directs Harvard Divinityâs Religious Literacy Project, coordinates the Religious Studies and Education Certificate, and serves on the Task Force for Training, Tools, and Methods at the US State Department through its Office of Religion and Global Affairs.
Her current project is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through HarvardX â a series entitled World Religions Through Their Scriptures. She is also the Principal Investigator for a three-year initiative entitled Religious Literacy and the Professions that is a collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and Boston University.
Dr. Moore chaired the American Academy of Religion's Task Force on Religion in the Schools, which conducted a three-year initiative to establish guidelines for teaching about religion in K-12 public schools. Her book Overcoming Religious Illiteracy: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Study of Religion in Secondary Education was published by Palgrave in 2007 and she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Religion and Education and the British Journal of Religious Education.
In 2014 she received the Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Extension School and the Griffiths award from the Connecticut Council for Interfaith Understanding for her work promoting the public understanding of religion. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The AHIMSA / NONVIOLENCE SEMINAR is a partnership between the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and key members of the Greater Hartford Jain Center. Since 2001, this yearly seminar aspires to connect the principle of nonviolence with its practice to address contemporary concerns, holding as an ideal the Mahatma Gandhiâs legacy of social activism to achieve beneficial change in the world.