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DU offering workshop on Islam and Arab spring

DU’s Religious Studies Department is hosting a workshop called “Teaching Islam.” While the workshop is aimed at graduate students and high school teachers, it is also open to any interested community members.

“This program is a great opportunity for graduate students in religious studies, international studies, and related fields to enhance their professional development,” says Andrea Stanton, a DU assistant professor of Islam. “They’ll end the day with a certificate as well as teaching tools and resources that will be useful for public speaking as well as for the classroom.”

Stanton is encouraging high school teachers to attend, noting that the workshop will provide them with nearly six contact hours. “It’s a great way for teachers to enrich their courses while continuing their own education,” she says.

The program will include information on historical issues in teaching about Islam, contemporary or hot-button issues, Islam in the media and cultural interactions.

“We’re very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and to the broader Denver community,” says Gregory Robbins, chair of DU’s Department of Religious Studies. “In addition to covering general issues relating to Islam, the workshop will give attendees a deeper understanding of the Arab Spring, focusing on the role that Islam is playing in these revolutions.”

The one-day event — sponsored by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding — will be held from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct. 22 in Sturm Hall Room 233. Registration is free but required. To register, please email Stanton and by Oct. 21.

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  1. I wonder why the revolt against Dictators and denial of personal freedoms is being connected with religion? Being able to vote without fear or to be able to express your ideas without worry has little to do with you you think God is, at least it shouldn’t. Point is, as long as Islam is being hijacked by people who want to live in the stone age and have the muscle and weapons to make it happen, little can be achieved.
    Best of luck.

    Tom White DU’76

    • I do agree with Tom White. Arab Springs have nothing to relate with religion. I would also like to argue that Mideast conflicts shouldn’t be related to any religions. Regional issues shouldn’t be painted as religious.

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