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:

2018: Visionary Thinkers: The Abolitionists (Olivet College)
2017: Visionary Thinkers: German Philosophy (Olivet College)
2017: World War II and the Holocaust: Study Abroad Course (Olivet College)
2015: Visionary Thinkers: Malcolm X (Olivet College)
2015: Social Justice (Olivet College)
2014: Visionary Thinkers: Karl Marx (Olivet College)
2013: Greek Philosophy & Early Christianity: Study abroad in Athens and Rome (Olivet College)
 2011: Political Philosophy (Olivet College)
 2011: Philosophy of Violence, Suffering, and Anti-Semitism: Study Abroad Course (Olivet College)
2008: Modern Philosophy: Hegelian Right and Hegelian Left (Olivet College)
2008: Logic (Grand Valley State University)
2007: Aesthetics (Grand Valley State University)
2004 – 2005: Liberal Education Studies (Grand Valley State University)
2005 – 2018: Introduction to Philosophy (Olivet College)
2006: Introduction to Philosophy (Grand Valley State University)

Ethics:

2016: Biomedical Ethics (Olivet College)
2005 – 2019: Introduction to Ethics (Olivet College)
2005, 2007: Ethics in Professional Life (Grand Valley State University)
2004 – 2007: Introduction to Ethics (Grand Valley State University)

Religion:

2018: Philosophy of Religion: Gender and Politics (Michigan State University)
2018: Religion and the Environment (Online) (Michigan State University)
2018: Religion and Film (Michigan State University)
2018: Religion and the Environment (Michigan State University)
2015/2016: The Sound of World Religion (Michigan State University)
2014: World Religions: Eastern Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
2013: Wisdom and the World’s Religions (Michigan State University)
2012, 2016: Myth, Self, & Religion (Michigan State University)
2011: World Religions: Western Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
2010: Psychological Elements of Religion (Western Michigan University)
2010 – 2019: Islamic Tradition (Olivet College)
2009: Religion 1000 (Islam Section) (Western Michigan University)
2008: Religion 1000 (Islam Section) (Western Michigan University)
2005: Teachings of Jesus (Olivet College)
2005: Old Testament History (Olivet College)
2004 – 2007: Religion and the Quest for Meaning (Olivet College)
2005 – 2008: Introduction to World Religions (Olivet College)
2001 – 2005: Introduction to World Religions (Western Michigan University)
2004, 2008: Islamic Tradition (Western Michigan University)

Interdisciplinary Studies:

2008 – 2019: Civilization Studies

Arabic:

2012 – 2018: WRL 301, 302: Advanced Intermediate Arabic
2010 – 2018: WRL 201, 202: Intermediate Arabic (Olivet College)
2005 – 2018: WRL 100 & 101: Beginning Arabic (Olivet College)

General Studies:

2008 – 2013: Self & Community (Olivet College)
2006: Creativity (Grand Valley State University)
2004 – 2006: Writing and Rhetoric (Olivet College)       

Music:

2009 – 2013: Jazz Drumming (Olivet College)
2009: African Hand Drumming (Kalamazoo Public Schools – Parkwood Upjohn Elementary)
2002 – 2003: African and Middle Eastern Hand-Drumming (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo)
2002: Ethnomusicology (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo)
1997 – 2004: Private Music Instructor (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo) 

Study Abroad Classes Taught

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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