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Adams, Sharon Mar



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  • Dr. Adams's research has focused on modern Jewish and existential philosophy. Her teaching and research includes using dialogic pedagogy and comparative approaches to the study of religion and the arts, aiming to show the inter-relatedness of religion, philosophy, art and culture. Going forward she will be teaching classes in global philosophy as well as knowledge, mind and reality, focusing specifically on deep listening and philosophy.


  • Women and Religion, Gender, Literature and the Arts, Mormonism and New Religious Movements, Global Philosophy, Epistemology, Integral Theory/Exo Studies



courses taught

  • ARSC 1550 - Making the Self: Tools for Well-Being and Success in College
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Helps first-year Arts and Sciences students build the skills, learning techniques and agency needed for success at CU and beyond. Taught in an experiential, workshop-format, this course focuses on developing a student's critical and analytical skills along with their practices of investigation and creative problem-solving. Using materials in a variety of media (text, visual, moving image, etc.), the course will explore different ways of knowing and learning. In an active small-group setting, students you will examine and define the concepts that lay the foundation for their college education.
  • FARR 1100 - Passport to LIterature in the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Designed to build on Farrand's strength in the humanities, this course provides first-year students with the tools to think critically and independently and to engage in thoughtful discourse. It offers several short articles selected to provide a sense of community, and also one or two literary works chosen for more in-depth analysis and exploration.
  • FYXP 1500 - First Year Success Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Designed to assist first-year students with their successful transition to the University of Colorado Boulder. Students will learn about campus resources, goal setting, study skills, and academic exploration. Participation in class discussions, self reflection, and engagement in course assignments are essential in this course. This course will provide a supportive environment for new students to engage with peers, staff, and faculty to support the first eight weeks of the transition to college.
  • PHIL 1030 - Introduction to Global Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Examines and compares different approaches to philosophy from across the globe, including Indian, Chinese, African, Islamic, Judaic, and European traditions. Topics may include: the nature of the self and reality, the foundations and limits of human knowledge, the role of the individual in the political community, the basic principles of ethics, and the meaning of life as a whole.
  • PHIL 1350 - Knowledge, Mind, and Reality
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces philosophy by exploring fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and our knowledge. Possible questions include: Does God exist? Are you the same person you were when you were born? Does the past exist? Are we free to choose our actions? Is the mind something distinct from the body? Can a computer think? How can we know anything at all?
  • RLST 1620 - Religious Dimension in Human Experience
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Surveys different approaches to the study of religion. Students will grow familiar with key thinkers, texts, and movements that shape how we understand religious phenomena. Students will also examine critiques of how religion is studied. In the end, students will have gained insight into significant aspects of religious life, belief, and practice that will empower them to navigate a world in which religion is increasingly relevant.
  • RLST 2600 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Abraham is described as a founding figure. In recent times, the label 'Abrahamic Religions' has become increasingly important both as a way to describe the origins and beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and as a means for finding common ground in political and religious discourse. Yet in each religion Abraham is also used in strikingly different ways and for distinct purposes. In this course, we will look at these three religious traditions and how each one imagines Abraham. In particular, the focus will be on how each religion uses Abraham to construct foundational stories of a special relationship to God, stories that ultimately serve to promote religious identity over time. Same as JWST 2600.
  • RLST 2800 - Women and Religion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Examines roles of women in a variety of religious traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and goddess traditions. Same as WGST 2800.
  • WGST 2200 - Women, Gender, Literature, and the Arts
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Introduces the contributions of women to literature and the performing arts from a historical and cross-cultural perspective. Emphasizes representations of gender and sexuality, as well as the cultural contexts in which artworks are created. Stresses issues of structure, content, and style, along with the acquisition of basic techniques of literary and arts criticism. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000.

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