Classes

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Statue of Dante Alighieri, outside of the Basilica di Santa Croce: Florence, Italy. Photo by Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D.

Classes Taught:

Philosophy:

Sports Philosophy and Ethics (Olivet College)
Visionary Thinkers: The Abolitionists (Olivet College)
Visionary Thinkers: German Philosophy (Olivet College)
World War II and the Holocaust: Study Abroad Course (Olivet College)
Visionary Thinkers: Malcolm X (Olivet College)
Social Justice (Olivet College)
Visionary Thinkers: Karl Marx (Olivet College)
Greek Philosophy & Early Christianity: Study abroad in Athens and Rome (Olivet College)
 Political Philosophy (Olivet College)
 Philosophy of Violence, Suffering, and Anti-Semitism: Study Abroad Course (Olivet College)
Modern Philosophy: Hegelian Right and Hegelian Left (Olivet College)
Logic (Grand Valley State University)
Aesthetics (Grand Valley State University)
Liberal Education Studies (Grand Valley State University)
Introduction to Philosophy (Olivet College)
Introduction to Philosophy (Grand Valley State University)

Ethics:

Biomedical Ethics (Olivet College)
Introduction to Ethics (Olivet College)
Ethics in Professional Life (Grand Valley State University)
Introduction to Ethics (Grand Valley State University)

Religion:

Religion in America (Michigan State University)
Philosophy of Religion: Gender and Politics (Michigan State University)
Religion and the Environment (Online) (Michigan State University)
Religion and Film (Michigan State University)
Religion and the Environment (Michigan State University)
The Sound of World Religion (Michigan State University)
World Religions: Eastern Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
Wisdom and the World’s Religions (Michigan State University)
Myth, Self, & Religion (Michigan State University)
World Religions: Western Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
Psychological Elements of Religion (Western Michigan University)
Islamic Tradition (Olivet College)
Religion 1000 (Islam Section) (Western Michigan University)
Religion 1000 (Islam Section) (Western Michigan University)
Teachings of Jesus (Olivet College)
Old Testament History (Olivet College)
Religion and the Quest for Meaning (Olivet College)
Introduction to World Religions (Olivet College)
Introduction to World Religions (Western Michigan University)
Islamic Tradition (Western Michigan University)

Interdisciplinary Studies:

Civilization Studies

Arabic:

WRL 301, 302: Advanced Intermediate Arabic
WRL 201, 202: Intermediate Arabic (Olivet College)
WRL 100 & 101: Beginning Arabic (Olivet College)

General Studies:

Self & Community (Olivet College)
Creativity (Grand Valley State University)
Writing and Rhetoric (Olivet College)       

Music:

Jazz Drumming (Olivet College)
African Hand Drumming (Kalamazoo Public Schools – Parkwood Upjohn Elementary)
African and Middle Eastern Hand-Drumming (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo)
Ethnomusicology (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo)
Private Music Instructor (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo) 

Study Abroad Classes 

2021: REL 490/PHL 490: “Foundations of the West: Jerusalem and Athens”: Summer semester course taught in Palestine/Israel and Greece.
2019: REL 490: “Popes, Saints, and Sinners: Renaissance Christianity in Italy”: Summer semester course taught in Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.
2017: PHL 490: “World War II and the Holocaust”: Summer course taught in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
2015: REL 490: “Popes, Saints, and Sinners: Medieval Christianity in Italy”: Summer semester course taught in Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.
2013: PHL/REL 490: “Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity”: Summer Semester course taught in Athens, Greece, and Rome, Italy.
2011: PHL 490: “The Philosophy of Violence, Suffering, and Anti-Semitism”: Summer Semester course in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

 

 

 

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