Greetings and welcome to all who will participate in this unique opportunity, through the Cross Cultural Rhetoric Project, to exchange our perspectives on a dazzling array of creation stories that come to us across time and a wide range of religious and cultural perspectives.
This exchange takes the form of blogs composed by students in writing and rhetoric classes at Stanford University in Palo, Alto, California (US) and The American University in Cairo (Egypt) as well as the subsequent comments on these blogs by students from both Stanford and American University.
Both the Stanford and the American University students have read in common two creation stories: Genesis 1-3 from the biblical Old Testament and a Pomo Indian (California) creation story, “Marumda and Kuksu Make the World.” In their blogs, written collaboratively in small groups, students address the themes and implications of these creation stories as well as those apparent in other creation stories, which students have selected themselves from a broader range of religious, cultural, and temporal perspectives.
The most fundamental prompt is this: What do these creation stories suggest about the relationship between human beings and the rest of the natural world, environmental responsibility and environmental values?
We here at Stanford are terrifically excited about this exchange and look forward to reading and commenting on our Egyptian partners’ blogs!
And since we thought you might want to have faces to put with the words, we are also sending our welcome to you in visual form!