Nominations for 2017 Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar Due January 13

Interfatih brochure cover​Interfaith activities have been expanding on many campuses, and CIC’s partner in supporting these efforts, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), has noted, “College campuses have the potential to lead the way by modeling interfaith cooperation for the rest of society.”

In 2017, CIC and IFYC will again offer a faculty seminar that will examine how interfaith understanding can be taught effectively in the college classroom so that students are equipped for interfaith engagement and leadership both on campus and beyond. The multidisciplinary seminar, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, will be held at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, June 18–22. Continuing the seminar series held over the past three summers, the program is designed to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and perspective to help them strengthen their 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 and promoting this subject.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment is becoming more diverse—by religion as well as race, ethnicity, and class. At the same time, American society is becoming more diverse, and opposition to diversity has been expressed by some political leaders. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is key to America’s future,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.

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 with the participants the substantial theoretical questions inherent in teaching interfaith understanding and the challenging work of translating these ideas into courses and campus activities. 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 will blend interfaith-based case study discussions, syllabi workshops, and experiential activities such as site visits.

The 25 full-time CIC faculty members selected for the program will bear no cost for lodging, most meals, and the seminar itself, thanks to the generous support of CIC’s program by the Henry Luce Foundation. The nominations deadline is January 13, 2017. View nomination materials and additional information about the seminar. For questions about the seminar or the nomination process, contact Stephen Gibson, CIC director of programs, at (202) 466-7230 or