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King University’s Dept. of Philosophy & Religion Launches King Summer Institute of Global Studies for High School Juniors and Seniors

King University’s Dept. of Philosophy & Religion Launches King Summer Institute of Global Studies for High School Juniors and Seniors

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BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2015 – Applications are now being accepted for 25 rising high school juniors and seniors to become the first participants in the inaugural King Summer Institute of Global Studies (KSIGS). The one-week institute will include daily, intensive study designed to help the students explore and apply a Christian worldview to global issues in the 21st century.

“As Christians, if we are going to be relevant in the 21st century, we are going to have to understand religions such as Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism,” says Dr. Don Michael Hudson, associate professor of Religious Studies and chair of Philosophy and Religion at King University. “The program will be similar to an AP class for students in that college credit may be offered for the one-week course.”

The Institute will begin on June 14, 2015 and run through June 21. Students will reside in the King University residence halls alongside KSIGS Resident Scholars. Participants will enjoy classroom lectures on topics such as “What’s Right with Christianity?,” “Thirsty: Facing Water Shortage and Pollution,” “Refugees and the Palestinian Problems,” Hospitality and Hostility: Moderate and Extreme Religion,” and “The Issue of Aging: Affordable and Achievable Healthcare.”

In addition to classroom lectures, students will have the opportunity to enjoy the mountains of Appalachia. In addition to a white water rafting excursion, participants will enjoy movies, sports, ice cream socials, and more.

“The mission of the summer program is for the students to develop an informed, relevant Christian worldview for the 21st century,” says Hudson. “What we are attempting to do is look at what it means to frame a Christian worldview. Students will explore tough questions about what a Christian worldview is and is not – not only in the light of Christianity but also in context of other religions.”

Rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the King Summer Institute of Global Studies are asked to complete an application. Applications will also be taken for four King University students or graduates who will be named as KSIGS Resident Scholars.

The cost for the Summer Institute will be $500.

“We have scholarships available for the Institute,” says Hudson. “We also have additional opportunities for anyone who might be willing to provide a scholarship for a student. The scholarship amount would be $500, which would cover the entire cost for the one-week Summer Institute for one student. We encourage the community to become involved and help make this happen for students interested in broadening their understanding of a Christian worldview and how we can address pressing global issues in the 21st century.

“We are excited to offer this new, fun, and engaging opportunity for juniors and seniors who have a desire to make a difference not only in their lives but also in the lives of others,” says Hudson.

Applications for the King Summer Institute of Global Studies may be found at Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2015. Acceptance letters will be emailed to participants by May 1. Payment for the institute will be due by June 1. Payment plans may be arranged.

For more information on the King Summer Institute of Global Studies, contact Dr. Don Michael Hudson at or 423.652.4154.

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