Universal Teachings of Tolerance from the World's Religions

By:
Dr. Barbara Laster,
Dr. Mubina Kirmani
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What has Sept. 11 produced? Religion has been used as a weapon to divide people. Some people have dismissed the value of religion; other people have questions about specific religions. Yet, religion in a more holistic way may have ways of bringing people towards tolerance. This presentation is founded on the premise that education in a broad sense is the key to re-building trust among peoples of different religious traditions. This presentation/workshop will aim to identify certain differences among religions (both theory and practice) and build upon universal commonalities.


Keywords: Religious Diversity
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Barbara Laster

Associate Professor, Towson University
USA

B. P. Laster is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Reading Programs at Towson University. Dr Laster oversees both the Masters and the Post-Masters Programs in the largest graduate program in the University. She has taught literacy to children and adolescents at every grade and every stage of reading. Since 1994, she has been a fulltime faculty member in the College of Education, primarily teaching graduate courses for teachers aspiring to be reading specialists. She designed and teaches the Post-Masters/Doctoral course entitled "Language, Literacy and Culture." Her research interests include religious diversity in public schools, adolescent literacy, and professional development of teachers. She has published over twenty articles or book chapters and presented her research at over eighty conferences or workshops. Dr Laster's service to the university and community in the areas of literacy and diversity manifest in representing local constituents and in working on a variety of committees in national and international professional organizations.

Dr. Mubina Kirmani

Associate Professor, Towson University
USA

Dr Kirmani is an Associate Professor at Towson University, College of Education. Her book, Oral Literature of Asians in East Africa is co-authored with her husband and the book will be used as a text in schools in East Africa. Born and raised in Kenya with ancestry from India and having spent most of her adult years in United States, she feels her life has been enriched by experiences in different cultural contexts. She studied at Harvard University and later worked at the World Bank. She currently teaches a course on Diversity at Towson University and was the Chair of the College Diversity Committee where she and colleagues developed a course on Diversity that is being offered as a General Education course campus-wide at Towson.

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