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Formerly in conjunction with Elderhostel
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AUGUST 12 – 16, 2013
COURSE A 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Minobimaatisiiwin: Aboriginal Knowledge Systems & a Way of Life That is Good for All
Beginning with the creation stories and foundational teachings of the original stewards of this territory, this course provides insight into the epistemological, ontological, and methodological foundations that undergirded Aboriginal societies in Canada before contact and that still continue to inform Aboriginal people today. By exploring cosmology, language, science, pedagogical paradigms, traditional governance models and transformative movements in contemporary arts and letters of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquaoian) Peoples, participants will better understand the relationships that exist between the First Peoples of this nation and the land itself, the relationships that exist between First Nations Peoples and Canadians, and the responsibilities and obligations (on all sides), which are bound up in those relationships.
LECTURER: JILL CARTER
COURSE B 11:00 – 12:30 PM
Religion and Ideology
This course will study the interplay between two powerful forces in the world today: religion and ideology. We will analyze antisemitism, racism, nationalism, and fundamentalism, examining the ways in which they have both used and abused the symbols and core beliefs of the great religions of the west, especially Christianity. Can religion free itself from its ideological components, or is religion always captive to the prevalent ideologies of our age?
LECTURER: ALAN DAVIES
AUGUST 19-23, 2013
COURSE C 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Science and Faith in Galileo
This course is a survey of the main issues that characterized the relationship between theology and science in the thought of Galileo, viewed in the context of the scientific curriculum in contemporary universities and against the background of the Counter Reformation Catholic theology and its impact of scientific research. Originally applauded by the Church as a devout scientist, Galileo’s research became incompatible with contemporary doctrine. Having been found suspect of heresy, he was tried and forced to recant his astronomical views. Among the issues to be examined are Galileo’s religious beliefs, his principles of biblical interpretation, his relationship with prominent scientists and theologians of the age, his research at the Universities of Pisa and Padua, and his theory of the reciprocal autonomy of science and faith.
LECTURER: DOMENICO PIETROPAOLO
COURSE D 11:00 – 12:30 PM
McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight
The ideas of Marshall McLuhan are critical to understanding the digital age of the Internet, the World Wide Web, smart phones, tablets, online shopping and social media. In 2011, the centenary year of Marshall McLuhan’s birth, I embarked on a re-evaluation of his contribution by rereading all of his papers and books. It explained why his work, despite his many fans, was largely misunderstood by the academic community. This course will help participants come to terms with McLuhan and allow them to read his challenging texts with ease and comprehension.
LECTURER: ROBERT K. LOGAN