Global Studies Students Interact with Religion Panelists
Posted 10/27/2015 02:03PM


In a recent classroom event, Carolina Day School’s eighth-grade global studies students discussed the relationship between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in historical context and with regard to current events in the Middle East. A panel of religious experts including Samer Traboulsi, a UNC-Asheville professor, Todd Donatelli, Dean at All Souls Cathedral, and Lorne Basskin, chair of the Temple Beth Ha Tephila Ritual committee, served as panel members representing Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.


Each panelist provided an authentic voice and personal stories that helped students appreciate the ways in which the three religions connect with one another. They also shared personal reflections on their faith and how it impacts their daily lives. Students asked thoughtful questions, demonstrating genuine curiosity and respect for the panel members' contributions to the discussion. The three guests demonstrated enthusiasm for each other's ideas and the students' questions.


“As experts who have devoted tremendous energy to understanding these three major religions and their continued relevance in world affairs, their conversation with students and each other deepened our learning significantly,” said global studies teacher Andy Wallace. “Ultimately, our students participated in a meaningful dialogue that will nurture their ability to be better community members at CDS and beyond.”

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