Religion Courses, Self-Authorship, and the Pursuit of the Common Good”
This workshop begins with a history of American higher education’s view of student ethical development, including the current concern for how students develop a sense of their identity. Of particular interest is the way that students develop an understanding of how they will contribute to the common good in a pluralistic culture. Foster and Patterson explore how exposure to diverse religious traditions provides an excellent basis for students to appreciate their own ethical identities as they come to appreciate the best ethical teachings and practices of world religions. This seminar helps students consider the potential ethical value of religion courses while inviting faculty, staff, and the public to reflect on the broader purposes of American higher education in its contemporary form.
The Next Lecture in this series will be:
“The Quran, the Prophetic Model, & the Common Good”
Hisham Qureshi is a graduate student in the Department of Religion at UGA, where he also teaches Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, & Islam’. Before enrolling at UGA, Qureshi spent more than ten years as a management consultant in the global aerospace & defense industry; earning three intellectual patents in the U.S. and Europe. Qureshi’s research in religion focuses on how religious leaders with higher emotional intelligence are more inclined to support interfaith activities. In Fall 2017 he founded the UGA student-volunteer club "Serving Hearts & Diversity," which aims to serve the local community by mobilizing a united platform of diverse students.