Interfaith America (IA) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are pleased to announce a multidisciplinary seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding (TIU) for full-time faculty members at CIC member colleges and universities.
June 16–20, 2024
Interfaith America (IA) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) are pleased to announce a multidisciplinary seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding for full-time faculty members at CIC member colleges and universities. The seminar will broaden faculty members’ knowledge and perspective to help them strengthen the teaching of interfaith understanding, develop new courses and other resources, and expand the network of faculty members who are committed to teaching this subject. The seminar, offered by CIC and IA and generously supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., will cover most costs of participation for those faculty members who are selected.
The 2023 seminar examined how interfaith understanding can be taught effectively in the college classroom so that students are equipped for interfaith engagement and leadership both in the classroom and beyond. Stay tuned for more information about the 2024 seminar.
This seminar, led by Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College, and Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America, will examine the substantial theoretical questions inherent in teaching interfaith understanding and explore the practical work of translating these ideas into courses. Participating faculty members will have opportunities to develop teaching resources such as syllabi and course modules that may be shared online with colleagues at many other institutions. Each day, the seminar will focus on a particular dimension of interfaith understanding—such as models of interfaith collaboration and pedagogies for teaching interfaith cooperation—and will include both theoretical and applied work. The seminar will blend discussions of case studies and syllabi, primary texts and scholarly readings, and experiential activities such as site visits.
Faculty members from all disciplines at CIC member colleges and universities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be nominated by their chief academic officer. Participants are selected by competitive nomination. Lodging, most meals, and reading materials are typically provided, thanks to generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover transportation to and from the seminar location.
The nomination should include:
Please contact us with any questions about the Teaching Interfaith Understanding Faculty Seminar.
Director of Academic Initiatives