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: Friedrich Nietzsche (Olivet College)
  • Visionary Thinkers: The Abolitionists (Olivet College)
  • Visionary Thinkers: German Philosophy (Olivet College)
  • Visionary Thinkers: Malcolm X (Olivet College)
  • Visionary Thinkers: Karl Marx (Olivet College)
  • World War II and the Holocaust: Study Abroad (Olivet College)
  • Social Justice (Olivet College)
  • Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity: Study Abroad (Olivet College)
  • Political Philosophy (Olivet College)
  • Philosophy of Violence, Suffering, and Anti-Semitism: Study Abroad (Olivet College)
  • Modern Philosophy: Hegelian Right and Hegelian Left (Olivet College)
  • Logic (Grand Valley State University)
  • Aesthetic (Grand Valley State University)
  • Liberal Education Studies (Grand Valley State University)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (Grand Valley State University)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (Olivet College)

Ethics:

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

Religion:

  • Modern Islamic Thought (Michigan State University)
  • Religion in America (Michigan State University)
  • Philosophy of Religion: Gender and Politics (Michigan State University)
  • Religion and the Environment (Michigan State University)
  • Religion and the Environment Online (Michigan State University_
  • Religion and Film (Michigan State University)
  • The Sound of World Religion (Michigan State University)
  • World Religion: Eastern Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
  • Wisdom and the World’s Religions (Michigan State University)
  • Myth, Self, and Religion (Michigan State University)
  • World Religion: Western Religious Traditions (Olivet College)
  • Psychological Elements of Religion (Western Michigan University)
  • Islamic Tradition (Olivet College)
  • Introduction to World Religion – Islam (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 (Olivet College)

Arabic:

  • WRL Arabic 301 & 302: Advanced Intermediate Arabic (Olivet College)
  • WRL Arabic 201 & 202: Intermediate Arabic (Olivet College)
  • WRL Arabic 101 & 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)
  • Ethnomusicology (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Private Music Instructor (Marshall Music Co. in Kalamazoo, MI)

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 and Rome.
  • 2011: PHL 490: “The Philosophy of Violence, Suffering, and Anti-Semitism.” Summer semester course taught in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

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