Sustainability Workshop on "Teaching About Religion and Sustainability: The Animal Question" PDF-NOTE: Internet Explorer Users, right click the PDF Icon and choose [save target as] if you are experiencing problems with clicking. Print

Friday, November 18, 1:45 PM–5:30 PM
Moscone Center West–Room 2006

Sponsored by the Sustainability Task Force and the Animals and Religion Consultation

What roles do and can animals play in the religion classroom? How can thinking about animals and religion help our students better understand both religion and their own relationships with animals? In this teaching workshop, experienced scholar-teachers will help attendees work through these and related questions. One panel will introduce key issues concerning animals, religion, and sustainability through the specific themes of urban wildlife, companion animals, and animals as food. Another panel will focus specifically on teaching about animals in three different kinds of religion courses: introduction to religion, comparative religion, and seminary courses (e.g., Biblical Studies, Christian Ethics). Participants will also discuss how to teach about animals and religion through service-based or community-based learning. Guided small-table discussions following the panels will give attendees the chance to further discuss issues raised by the presentations and to share pedagogical techniques with each other. We will also have a comprehensive bibliography for all participants.


1:45 PM–2:15 PM Introductions and Small Group Icebreakers/Warm-up

2:15 PM–3:15 PM Central Topics in Animals and Sustainability

Aaron Gross, University of San Diego
Animals as Food

Paul Waldau, Canisius College
Wildlife (Including Urban/Campus Wildlife)

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Southwestern University
Companion Animals

3:15 PM–3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM–4:30 PM Teaching Animals, Religion, and Sustainability

Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College
Animals and Religion Course

Laurel Kearns, Drew University
Animals in Seminary Courses

Christine Gutleben, Humane Society of the United States
Animal Welfare and Not-for-Profit Groups: How to Build the Community-based Learning Connection

4:30 PM–5:15 PM Small Group Discussions, Selected Topics with Facilitators

Aaron Gross, University of San Diego
Animals in/out of Campus Dining Halls

Paul Waldau, Canisius College
Wildlife: Practical and Environmental Concerns

Laura Hobgood-Oster, Southwestern University
Companion Animals on Campuses and in the Community

Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College
Animals and Sustainability in Introductory Religion Courses

David Clough, University of Chester
Theology, Animals, and Sustainability in the Classroom

Sara Tlili, University of Florida
Sustainability-Animal Connections in Comparative Religion Courses

David Aftandilian, Texas Christian University
Critical Service-learning Pedagogy and Animals/Religion

5:15 PM–5:30 PM Wrap-up/Idea Sharing, Follow-up

The cost of the workshop is $40, which includes the entire afternoon of sessions and a coffee break. Registration is limited to the first 75 participants. To sign up for the workshop, log back into the online Annual Meeting registration system and add the workshop or fax in this form to +1-404-727-7959.

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