The PROFile - Dr. Carlos D Colorado

Associate professor, Religion and Culture

AGE: 40, I think...

AREA OF RESEARCH: Religion, politics and secularism

NUMBER OF PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES PUBLISHED: 6 (plus a new book on the horizon!)

LOWEST GRADE IN UNIVERSITY: C- on my first paper, which focused on Machiavelli’s The Prince (it was both devastating and a great learning opportunity).

WORST TEACHING MOMENT: It’s never fun dealing with cases of academic dishonesty.

SUPERPOWER: When I travel, I never check luggage.

BATTING AVERAGE: Higher than my lowest golf score – though it’s close.

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Dr. Carlos D. Colorado has been teaching at the University of Winnipeg for six years, but he’s already taught the course of his dreams – twice.

His first dream course was taught in 2013 as part of the Bordeaux Field Study Program. Earlier this year, Colorado also taught a spring institute course called “Public Religion in a Secular World,” which included a public lecture from esteemed speaker and thinker Dr. Cornel West.

“Dr. West gave an electric performance – it was a real pleasure hearing his riveting lecture and seeing the community respond to him – he was both personal and humble, which was fantastic,” Colorado says.

“I can tell you that many of my students found it formative for thinking around social justice questions. His visit certainly fed into the energies of the institute, too, which included many amazing speakers, like the renowned architect Étienne Gaboury, Wab Kinew and many of the best professors we have on campus.”

Even in a secular world, interest in Religion and Culture courses remains high, and Colorado often sees students coming in from other Arts majors, or Science and Business students looking to spice up their course load.

This September, Colorado will be missing out on the hustle and bustle of back to school and meeting new students as he’s on research leave. While he may squeeze some research travel in, he’ll be spending most of his time working on a book about Charles Taylor’s religious thought.

Published in Volume 70, Number 1 of The Uniter (September 10, 2015)

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