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Mark D. Wood is jointly appointed in Religious Studies and African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He teaches courses in the history of religions in the Americas and courses that explore the relationships between world religious traditions, globalization, ecology, and human rights.  His research work on race, class, religion, and philosophy includes his book, Cornel West and the Politics of Prophetic Pragmatism (University of Illinois Press: Champagne, Illinois: 2000). He has also written on the ethics of education and the importance of education for democratic globalization. Professor Wood has been actively involved in promoting a mode of pedagogy that combines classroom study with engagement in local and global movements for environmental protection, social justice, and human rights. He teaches courses in the Social Justice Studies track in the International Studies program and courses that explore the relationship between science and religion. He has led students on study abroad programs to Cuba, where students participate in the North American and Cuban philosophers and social scientists conference, and to Perugia, Italy, where students study Italian language and Italian religious history. He is currently working with Brian Cassel on developing the ‚ÄúLife Sciences and Faith Community Forum of Central Virginia (for more information go to www.vcu.edu/faithscienceforum/). He is also working on developing partnerships and programs with colleagues from the University of Messina in Sicily.