Reflections on Learning with Michel Desjardins


  • Meena Sharify-Funk Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Elysia Guzik Wilfrid Laurier University



learning, pedagogy, culture, food, gardening, creativity


This paper highlights Michel Desjardins' creative and critical approach to teaching religion and culture (often through experiments and experiences of travel, gardening, and food) through former students' reflections on learning with Michel. By organizing a collection of former students' insights into Michel's persona, pedagogy, and influence, this paper celebrates his career as a professor who enriched the lives of many students, and inspires readers to think deeply about how they teach and learn about religion and culture.


Benham Rennick, Joanne and Michel Desjardins, eds. 2013. The World is My Class¬room: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Desjardins, Michel and Aldea Mulhern. 2015. “Living Sacrifice: Rethinking Abrahamic Religious Sacrifice Using Field Narratives of Eid ul-Adha.” In Not Sparing the Child: Human Sacrifice in the Ancient World and Beyond, edited by Vita Daphna Arbel, Paul C. Burns, J. R. C. Cousland, Richard Menkis and Dietmar Neufeld, 190–212. London: Bloomsbury.

Freire, Paulo. 1970. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Translated by Myra Bergman Ramos. New York: Seabury.

Kolb, David A. 1984. Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learn¬ing and Development. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

Reis, Rick. 2016. “Teaching and Learning Theories.” Tomorrow’s Profes¬sor. September 5.




How to Cite

Sharify-Funk, M., & Guzik, E. (2019). Reflections on Learning with Michel Desjardins. Religious Studies and Theology, 38(1-2), 172-186.