Religions of the World Fair Displays Students' Projects

Published on Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, professor of Teacher Education and Family Studies at Becker College, hosted a project fair on Tuesday, Dec. 9, on the Leicester campus in the Borger Academic Building.

Based on her course called Religions of the World, the fair focused on her students’ projects.

“The students were allowed to choose any religious topic that we’ve covered in class that they wanted to go into more depth with,” says Pallatto-Fontaine. “Some of them chose topics such as Islamic weddings, Hinduism and yoga, Islam and terrorism, Hinduism paths to salvation, evolution theory, Zen Buddhism and others.”

Using poster boards, table displays, PowerPoint and other methods of showcasing, the fair provided a rounded look at a variety of religions. Developing the course five years ago, Pallatto-Fontaine offers it every semester, and will also be adding the course Religion, Peacemaking and Social Transformation for the first time next year. Graduating from Hartford Seminary on May 30, she is also working on becoming an ordained minister.

“It’s important from an academic standpoint to learn the facts about other religions,” she says, “and then to discover how similar we really are, rather than how different we are. By exploring other faith traditions, we’re really seeking God in the eyes of others who are different. It helps to eradicate prejudice, stereotypes and fear of the unknown.”

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