New Course, "Encounters Between Religions," Begins July 6

6-24-04

Mercer will begin the first of a series of new courses in nonsectarian religious studies this summer with an innovative course called "Encounters Between Religions." The course will be offered in day and evening sessions beginning July 6.

"The decision to offer these courses reflects a widespread interest in the forces and traditions that shape human life, and which shed light on important current events," said Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid, MCCC's vice president for Academic and Student Affairs.

Through novels and videos, students will see how people with different religious backgrounds come into contact, and sometimes conflict, with each other. Readings on world religions will provide a basic background.

The course will meet in two summer sessions, offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 to 9:40 p.m. and on Monday and Wednesdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

In the fall term the college will offer two more courses in religious studies: "Introduction to Religious Studies," and "Religion, Politics and Extremism." Dr. Kenneth I. Rothman, Mercer's new Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the principal designer of the new courses and will be teaching many of them. He holds degrees in social relations and in law, as well as a PhD in the philosophy of religion.

For more information contact MCCC’s Liberal Arts Division at 609-586-4800 ext. 3325 or email zambrios@mccc.edu. MCCC’s fall semester courses begin August 30. Previously registered students can register online at www.mccc.edu, or call the Admissions Office at 609-586-0505.

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