Dr. Nicole Johnson Selected to Participate in Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

August 01, 2016

Dr. Nicole JohnsonALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Johnson, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, has been selected to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding.

The seminar, offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), had many competitive applicants from across the nation.

Twenty-six faculty members will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place July 31-August 4, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Two scholars will lead the seminar: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College.

The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success as a democracy,” states CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

“Inter-religious work is a complex undertaking but it is critical to the creation of a peaceful future. I’m excited to work with faculty from institutions across the U.S. and to have the time and space to consider how to teach interfaith understanding more effectively. The seminar brings together my academic interests in the study of religion and in peace and justice studies in a unique way,” said Johnson.

Click here to learn more about Mount Union’s Religious Studies program.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Since its incorporation in 2002, IFYC has worked on five continents and with over 200 college and university campuses, trained thousands in the principles of interfaith leadership, and reached millions through the media. IFYC has worked with partners including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the White House, and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of IFYC. 

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