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CI Completes Summer Class on ‘Religious Beliefs in China’
September 4, 2012

With support from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and University Village staff, the CI has completed a four-week class on “Religious Beliefs in China” for senior citizens in the Tampa Bay area. This is the third time we have offered an OLLI class (taught by CI Director Kun Shi) and enrollment for this class reached an all-time high of 52.

The 8-hour sessions covered the three interactive belief systems in China (Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism) as well as other religions (e.g., Christianity and Islam) and indigenous belief systems (e.g., ancestor worship and shamanism). The class includes video clips of religious performances and lively discussions, including the impact of religious beliefs on Chinese society. Armida, a volunteer assistant, has created a webpage to post all reference materials and video links for the participants who missed a session or want to expand their knowledge on the complex subjects of Religious Beliefs in China.

This fall, the CI will work with OLLI again to offer a 6-week class on “China: Past and Present.” The class will be taught by Kun Shi on Tuesdays from October 2 through November 6 between 1:00 and 3:00pm at John Knox Village. For more information and to register, visit