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February 22, 2013

Student panel examines peace among religions

Student panel examines peace among religions for series


She teaches the course every fall.

“We had to open up another section last semester. It’s the core course for the religious-study minor. So, if you’re a religious-study minor, you have to take it,” Kasper said.

The minor was developed three years ago.

“There are a number of courses. It’s interdisciplinary. You can take a history course on religion. You can take a psychology course. We don’t have a religious-study department, obviously,” she said.

In the three-credit course, Kasper doesn’t have time to teach beyond the major faith traditions.

“The reason why students sign up for the course, they know it’s the world and they want to understand. It’s our place as a college to help them find an understanding, and I think that’s the way for religious peace,” she said.

For each class, each student’s views are examined at the beginning and completion of the course.

“I ask what they think now, and they say, ‘I didn’t know,’” Kasper said.

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