Dialogue in Action
Spring 2013 Course
Dialogue in Action: Many Faiths, One Humanity
Offered as CFE 300, Section 2–1 credit
Facilitators: Tiffany Steinwert & Diane Swords
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn active dialoguing skills, consider the role of faith in society, and even explore multiple religious communities and practices in London during Spring Break? This course provides an opportunity for students to delve more deeply into implementing intergroup dialogue strategies as well as to foster interfaith understanding.
In this course, students will examine conflicts among religious groups, and between religious and secular groups, studying and experiencing the potential of dialogue to bring people together across these and other intersecting differences. Taught in conjunction with SOC/WGS 230 Section 1: Dialogue on Faith, Conflict & Community, the intention of this course is to address and understand religion as it influences identity. Students of diverse faith backgrounds together with those with no specific religious affiliation will explore inequalities and conflicts based on these social identities and on institutions on campus and beyond.
The London experience will give students the opportunity to observe, participate in, and critically reflect on how to put intergroup dialogue skills into action in the local community to further efforts for interfaith collaboration and related youth/education initiatives.
If you are interested in participating in Dialogue on Faith, Conflict & Community or in Dialogue in Action: Many Faiths, One Humanity, please contact Sigrid Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 315-443-4555.
Anticipated Spring 2014 Course
Dialogue in Action: Class Matters
To be offered as CFE 300, 3 credits
Facilitators: Wendy Nastasi & Jermaine Soto
Are you looking for an opportunity to learn active dialoguing skills, consider the role of class in society, and even work to create a sustainable Scholarship in Action Project with local communities? This course provides an opportunity for students to delve more deeply into understanding and implementing intergroup dialogue strategies as well as to foster the creation of Action Projects with local communities that can be sustained year after year.
In this course, students will learn about, participate in, and critically reflect on how to put intergroup dialogue skills into action in the local community. This course builds upon the skills learned in WGS/SOC 230 – Intergroup Dialogue and/or learning from courses that educate on issues of identity (e.g. EDU 444, EDU 310, SOC 305) and aims to assist students in learning about intersectional identities, particularly as they apply to social class. The course will cover learning on dialogic communication as a pedagogical tool for fostering a supportive learning environment for all students.
Based upon an ongoing desire among students who wish to continue working within the context of Intergroup Dialogue principles, and to initiate more advanced Intergroup Dialogue Action Projects that will engage university and local communities, this course seeks to foster both.