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Upcoming Courses

 

Library of the Chathams is starting a new adult education series beginning in May on Major Religions of the World. Scholars of religion will be presenting talks touching on such matters as core beliefs and doctrines, the history, major figures, events, and sacred writings of each faith. The series will begin with introductions to Judaism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Islam and will continue in the fall with other religions.

Judaism

Tuesdays, May 3 & 10 – 10 to 11:30 am

Dr. Jonathan Golden, Director of the Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict at Drew University and instructor in the Departments of Comparative Religion, Anthropology and the Theological School, will present a two lecture series on Judaism.  In these lectures, he will examine the core tenets, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Judaism. The first lecture, on May 3, will include a brief historical survey of the roots and evolution of Judaism and the Jewish people over time, including its influence and interactions with people of other “Abrahamic” faiths.  The second lecture, on May 10, will examine Judaism and the Jewish experience in the modern world, including intriguing questions about Jewish identity, and the current resurgence of global anti-Semitism. 

Professor Golden also runs the Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation, which brings together young, emerging leaders of different faiths from around the world for a seminar on leadership, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution.

Register here for Judaism Parts 1 & 2

Confucianism

Friday, May 6 – 10 am to 1 pm

Dr. Hyo-Dong Lee, a native of South Korea with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Drew University.  He will speak on Confucianism, one of the “world religions” or “global faiths” that originated in China and has deeply shaped the cultures of the East Asian and South East nations of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam.  It is found in many Asian diaspora communities in the Western world.  This lecture will introduce the basic features of the tradition, including its core beliefs/ideas, history, and rituals.

Professor Lee’s research and teaching interests include comparative theology and comparative philosophy of religion with a focus on the dialogue between Christian/Western theological and philosophical and religious thought.

Register here for Confucianism

Buddhism

Friday, May 13 – 10 am to 1 pm

Dr. Hyo-Dong Lee, a native of South Korea with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, is an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Drew University.  He will speak on Buddhism, which is one of the so-called “world religions” or “global faiths” that originated in the Indian subcontinent and is today found predominately in Asia, North America, and Europe.  This lecture will introduce the audience to the basic features of the tradition focusing on its core beliefs, ideas, history, and rituals.  

Register here for Buddhism

Islam

Tuesdays, May 17 & 24 – 10 to 11:30 am

This lecture series will be presented by Dr. Jonathan Golden, Director of the Center on Religion, Culture, and Conflict at Drew University.  He teaches in the Departments of Comparative Religion, Anthropology, and the Theological School.  In these lectures, the core tenets, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Islam will be presented.  The first lecture, on May 17, will start with a brief historical survey of the roots evolution, and expansion of Islam.  The second lecture, on May 24, will examine the Muslim experience in the modern world, its internal dynamics within the “Muslim World” and in the West including the long history of Muslims in America.

Register here for Islam Parts 1 & 2

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