Dialogue on Faith, Conflict, and Community – Open to SU Graduate Students

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SPRING 2016
DIALOGUE ON FAITH, CONFLICT, AND COMMUNITY
OPEN TO INTERESTED SU GRADUATE STUDENTS THROUGH SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (CFE 600)

The interdisciplinary program on Intergroup Dialogue is opening up the

interfaith dialogue section offered this spring 2016 (SOC/WGS 230 & CFE 200)

to interested graduate students from departments across schools and colleges.

In this course – Dialogue on Faith, Conflict, and Community – we will examine intersections between religious and secular identities in contemporary America, analyze social power embedded in differing faith identities, and explore religious conflict while seeking interfaith understanding and alliances. Whatever your faith or non-faith identity, we invite you to join in this opportunity to develop and apply dialogue skills in visits to Syracuse faith communities, and in an action project to support interfaith collaboration towards justice and human rights.

Course requirements include weekly written reflections, final paper, and collaborative project. Sample references include chapters from:

  • Kivel, P. (2013). Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers.
  • The Dalai Lama (2011). Toward a true kinship of faiths. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.
  • Patel, E. (2012). Sacred ground: Pluralism, prejudice, and the promise of America. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  • Hirschfield, B. (2009). You don’t have to be wrong for me to be right: Finding faith without fanaticism. New York, NY: Random House Inc.
  • Akwesasne Notes (Ed.) (2005). Basic call to consciousness. Summertown, TN: Native Voices.

The course, co-facilitated by Dr. Diane Swords and El-Java Abdul-Qadir, will meet once a week on Monday from 3:45 to 6:30 at 113 Euclid, first floor. Details are also provided on the attached flyer and through the IGD website: intergroupdialogue.syr.edu

Interested students should contact Diane Swords (drswords@syr.edu, 315 391 4484) or Robin Higgins (rjhiggin@syr.edu, 443 9585) by Friday 12/18, 5 pm at the latest as this is the last day of registration before the university’s winter break. We can provide further information on registration at that time.

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