Religious Worlds of New York summer institute — Applications due March 1st

Just a few weeks left before the March 1st application deadline for a 2012 NEH Summer Institute for K-12 teachers:

Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity

This innovative program will help public, private, and parochial school teachers teach more effectively about the rich religious diversity of the United States.  It is sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York and Union Theological Seminary, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The three week institute will meet from July 16 to August 3, 2012.  It will bring together 30 teachers from throughout the country, to work with leading scholars in religious studies, meet with a wide range of New York religious leaders, visit a number of local houses of worship, and conduct field research with local religious communities.

The institute will introduce NEH summer scholars to six religious traditions that are part of the fabric of American life, help them distinguish between academic and devotional approaches to the study of religion, and offer them pedagogic tools to teach their students about contemporary “lived religion,” in addition to the conventional “world religions” curriculum.  It will thus help transform K-12 religious studies pedagogy, by empowering teachers to teach about the everyday lives of Americans from diverse religious traditions.

Applications from teachers are due by March 1, 2012.  For more information see, or contact institute director Dr. Henry Goldschmidt at or 212-870-3514.

Explore the religious worlds of New York, and the religious diversity of the United States!

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