Mark Berkson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religion at Hamline University. He teaches courses in East and South Asian religions, Islam, and comparative religion. Mark received his PhD from Stanford University in Religious Studies, his MA from Stanford University in East Asian Studies, and his BA from Princeton University. Mark’s scholarly work has addressed topics such as Confucian and Daoist thought, death and dying, entheogens and religious experience, religion and non-human animals, and interfaith dialogue. His work has been published in numerous books and journals. He has released two lecture series with the Great Courses - "Cultural Literacy for Religion" and "Death, Dying and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures."