Two Week Institute – July 9, 2018 – July 20, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles: Orientation Day 

9:00A Welcome and Introductions Professor Carol Bakhos, UCLA
9:30A Challenges and Opportunities in the Academic Study of Religious Diversity in America
10:45A First Amendment in Public Schools Benjamin Marcus, Religious Freedom Center
12:15P Lunch
1:30P Theories and Applications of Religious Literacy in Schools Benjamin Marcus, Religious Freedom Center
3:00P Break
3:15P  Interfaith Panel on  “Service and Civic Engagement in LA”  LA clergy and lay leaders
5:00P Welcome to Los Angeles/UCLA Dinner Reception
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Service in the City 

9:00A Curriculum Project Discussion Mary Katherine Sheena, Center for the Study of Religion
10:15A Break
10:30A Film screening Finding God in the City of Angels 
12:30P Lunch
2:00P Service: Midnight Mission (We will eat dinner there)
7:00P Return to UCLA
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Christian Traditions 

8:45A Christianity and Christianities Professor Jeffrey Siker, Loyola Marymount University
10:15A Break
10:30A Continue conversation  Professor Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University
12:00P Lunch
1:00P Panel on “Christian Communities in America”  LA clergy and lay leaders
2:30P Site visit: Metro Church and First Church of Christ Scientist Santa Monica
6:00P Return to UCLA or stay and explore Santa Monica
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jewish Traditions

9:00A Judaism and Judaisms Professor Elliot Dorff, American Jewish University
10:30A Break
10:45A Panel on “Being Jewish in 21st Century America”  LA clergy and lay leaders
12:15P Lunch
2:00P Site Visit: Westwood Village Synagogue
3:00P Return to UCLA
Friday, July 13, 2018

Islamic Traditions

8:45A Islamic Traditions Professor Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
10:15A Break
10:30A Panel on “Islam in the Contemporary World”  LA clergy and lay leaders
12:00P Lunch
1:00P Site Visit: Islamic Center of Southern California


5:00P Return to UCLA
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Service in the City Part 2 (optional)

World Harvest Food Bank (10am-12pm)
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Explore LA!

5:00P Dinner at Professor Carol Bakhos’s home
Monday, July 16, 2018

Hindu Traditions

9:00A Hinduism and Hinduisms  Professor Urmila Patil, UCLA
10:30A Site Visit: Malibu Hindu Temple
12:30P Site Visit: Diorama Museum of Bhagavad Gita (Lunch available on site)
5:30P Return to UCLA
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Teacher Workshop/Minority Religion on the LA Landscape

9:00A Strategies for Teaching About Religion: Creating the Intellectual and Emotional Landscape of your Classroom Mary Katherine Sheena, Religious Diversity Education Coordinator, UCLA
10:30A Break
10:45A Strategies for Teaching About Religion (Continued)
12:15P Lunch
1:00P Site Trip: Baha’i Temple of Los Angeles Chitra Golestani, Valparaiso University
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Buddhist Traditions

9:00A Buddhism and Buddhisms Professor Karen Muldoon-Hules, UCLA
10:30A  Break
10:45A Site Visit: Hsi Lai Temple (Lunch available on site)
4:00P Return to UCLA
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Curriculum Project Work Day

9:00A Project discussion meeting (Group 1) Mary Katherine Sheena, Center for the Study of Religion
12:30P Lunch
1:30P Project discussion meeting (Group 2)
4:00P Afternoon free to work on projects!
Friday, July 20, 2018

Curriculum Project Presentations 

9:00A Curriculum Projects Presentations
10:30A Break
10:45A Curriculum Projects Presentations (Continued)
12:15P Lunch
1:00P Evaluations
2:00P Institute Adjourns