DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Jude Aguwa, professor of humanities and religion, has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding, Mercy College has announced.
The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Twenty-five faculty members will participate in the five-day "Teaching Interfaith Understanding" seminar June 15-19 at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. The seminar will be led by two leading scholars, Catherine Cornille, Newton College alumnae chair of Western culture, chair of the department of theology and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University.
Aguwa said, “The 'Teaching Interfaith Understanding' seminar will offer participants a special opportunity to learn about pedagogical developments as well as resources necessary for teaching interfaith courses. At Mercy College, teaching interfaith understanding will address some of the needs of a religiously diverse community. Such needs include promoting intercultural relations, as well as religious tolerance.”
CIC President Richard Ekman said, “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 socioeconomic factors — just as American society is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is key to America’s future success.”