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Title: Diversity, Rel. & Liberal Arts
Course Section Number: REL-275-01
Department: Religion
Description: How, in a global-digital world marked by deep divisions, do we bridge the gap between people of widely divergent backgrounds? Between diverse religions? Cultures? Races? Ethnicities? Worldviews? Should we aim for tolerance? Acceptance? Understanding? Should we learn from them, in the manner of a humanist? Should we learn about them, in the manner of a scientist or scholar? Should we try to deconstruct implicit bias? How? Why? These are basic liberal-arts questions. In this course, we will build a model for negotiating diversity based on "play" and the "work of art." We will use tools drawn from "hermeneutics," or the art and theory of interpretation. Case studies will be drawn from religion, art, music, philosophy, law, history, and anthropology. Texts will include Hans-Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method, as well as selections from Kant, Voltaire, Clifford Geertz, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sherry Turkle, and others.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/18/2022-05/05/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Center Hall, Room 300
Faculty: Blix, David

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