KEYNOTE: The role of the humanities and arts in fostering civilizational and intercultural understanding

ArtReligious and Moral EducationInclusive EducationMusic and BandSocial StudiesSpotlight SpeakersIslamophobia
Friday Feb 16   09:00 AM to 10:15 AM (1 hour 15 minutes)
Glenbow Museum - Theatre
Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Kindergarden)Division 1 (Grades 1-3)Division 2 (Grades 4-6)Division 3 (Grades 7-9)Division 4 (Grades 10-12)

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In an increasingly volatile and uncertain world, where issues like Islamophobia are a real part of our students’ experiences, how can teachers prepare themselves to address their increasingly diverse classrooms? Are the polarizations we are witnessing a result of the clash of civilizations or is what we are dealing with really a clash of ignorance and misunderstandings? Can a person be considered educated without a clear understanding of the great faiths of this world which define many of our civilizations past and present? Is a nuanced understanding of the nature of religion necessary for an educated citizen? What role can the humanities and arts play in bridging divides in multicultural and multi-religious societies?
Harvard University - Study of Religion
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures

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