CIC Announces 2016 Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

In summer 2016, a select group of faculty members at CIC member institutions will have an opportunity to examine effective strategies and approaches to teaching interfaith understanding with the goal of equipping students for interfaith engagement and leadership on campus and later in life.

CIC and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) will offer the multidisciplinary seminar, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, July 31–August 4, 2016. Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the seminar will continue the series of programs held over the past two summers. The program is designed to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and perspective to help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding, develop new courses and other resources, and encourage the development of an expanding network of faculty members who are engaged in teaching this subject.

Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College (VT) and a distinguished scholar of South Asian religions, and Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, will lead the seminar and examine the substantial theoretical questions inherent in teaching interfaith understanding while exploring the practical work of translating these ideas into courses. Participating faculty members will have opportunities to develop and refine teaching resources such as syllabi and course modules that may be shared online with colleagues at many other institutions. The seminar is designed both for faculty members who are interested in teaching an entire course on interfaith understanding and those who want to strengthen interfaith themes in existing courses.

IFYC and CIC will select up to 25 full-time faculty members for the program. The nominations deadline is February 19, 2016. Nomination materials and additional information about the seminar are available at