Guest Lecture: Making FROGBEAR Materials Meaningful in the Undergraduate Classroom


The Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies @ UBC, the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society, along with administrative support from the UBC SSHRC partnership grant project FROGBEAR (From the Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Buddhism), proudly present a lecture by Professor Susan Andrews (Mount Allison University)

When: 4pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Venue:  Auditorium Annex A room 157


This workshop invites us to consider how the new textual and visual sources brought together by Frogbear’s research teams can be meaningfully used in the undergraduate classroom. In addition to introducing the kinds of sources the international team of scholars and students have collected thus far, the presentation will offer some concrete strategies for bringing these materials from the field to life in undergraduate contexts.


At the end of the interactive presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Recall the type of research Frogbear team members are generating.
  2. Describe some concrete ways we can incorporate the material into preexisting lessons.
  3. Explain how one might build learning units around the material.
  4. Use some practical techniques introduced  (big arrow, small detail; play dough storytelling; one of these things is not like the others) in their own undergraduate classes (of 10 or 500 students)

An informal discussion intended to generate further ideas about how we are or could incorporate this exciting research in our classrooms will follow.

About the Speaker:

Susan Andrews is Associate Professor of East Asian religions at Mount Allison University. Her research explores sacred place and pilgrimage, Buddhism’s interactions with autochthonous forms of practice, and the economics of religious life. Her teaching prioritizes hands-on learning and she is interested in better understanding the possibilities that embodied pedagogies hold for undergraduate students of religious studies.