Faculty Seminar on Religion and Higher Education

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Start Date: 
Thu, 08/01/1996
End Date: 
Wed, 06/30/1999

This seminar convened a distinguished group of leaders from American academia to address issues relating to religion and higher education. In the seminar’s first year, the group looked at what it meant to be a church-related institution of higher education. The seminar focused in its second year on how and where religion is taught as well as the role of religion in teaching. The seminar considered during its third year the place of religion in research.
<p>Each year’s seminar consisted of two meetings, one of which took place at an institution hosting a project funded by the Lilly Endowment. Because of the seminar’s interest in encouraging faculty involvement in issues of religion and higher education, faculty members of each host institution were invited to participate in some of the deliberations. Several recurring themes that emerged from the seminars were (1) the changing nature of higher education, (2) the question of whether religious commitment has a legitimate role in academia, and (3) the relations between student’s religious backgrounds and their curricula, their interactions with faculty, and their extra-curricular activities. (KH)