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“World Religions 101: A Quick Look at Religions around the World and in Hampton Roads” is the theme of the spring 2015 installment of Readings With Wesleyan—a neighborhood program offered by Virginia Wesleyan College that brings free college-level teaching to residents of Virginia Beach’s Lake Edward area. VWC’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom will lead the February/March discussions, beginning with “A Story of Displacement: The Iraqi Christian” (Feb. 26), presented by VWC senior Mindy Bertram. The series will continue with “Five Pillars and Submission: Islam Through Suras 1, 3 and 112” (March 5), presented by Craig Wansink, professor of religious studies and Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom; and will conclude with “Children of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, the Bhagavad Gita, and Koans” (March 12), also presented by Wansink. Readings With Wesleyan was launched in July 2014 and is sponsored by VWC’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). It is modeled after the Clemente Course in the Humanities, an educational institution founded in 1995 by author and educator Earl Shoriss to teach the humanities at the college level to people living in underserved communities. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, American history, and more. All discussions are open to the public and take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church (815 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach). For more information, please contact VWC Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling at 757.455.3216.