Kent Richter, Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Kent Richter is professor of Philosophy and Religion at College of DuPage. He received a MA (Philosophy) from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. (Religion) from Stanford University. He has been teaching at College of DuPage for 23 years, especially interested in World Religions and Philosophy of Religion, having also written a textbook for "Introduction to Religion." With two sabbatical leaves, he studied religion in India and Turkey, and has been co-director of COD Field Studies/Study Abroad Programs to Costa Rica (3 times) and to China (twice). He spent much of his "hippie hitchhiker period" in German-speaking Europe (speaking German pretty well) and continues to travel for enjoyment in Mexico and Central America (speaking Spanish OK). In addition to these academic and international interests, he enjoys playing guitar and writing songs, as well as card games, mediocre movies and a good beer. He has been married for 35 years, has two sons and six grandchildren.

Co - Director                                                                                      
Zhi Y. Liu, Instructor of French and Chinese
Zhi Y. Liu is an Instructor of Chinese and French at College of DuPage since 1992. A native of Shanghai, China, she holds a B.A. in Modern and Classical French Language and Literature and a minor in Chinese Language from the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, a M.A. in French Literature from The Ohio State University and finished her Ph.D. courses at University of Maryland. Liu has extensive teaching experience in Chinese. In addition to COD, she has taught different levels of Chinese classes at Bradley University and Elgin Community College. Her teaching philosophy is to guide and mentor students with a caring, inspirational, challenging and secure environment where ideas can be shared and respected.Twice awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty award at COD. During the summer of 2013, she was the co-director of a successful French Study Abroad program to Bordeaux, France and co-directed the China program last summer. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, and exploring different cultures and arts.








Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356