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Dr. Katie Cruger Selected for Teaching Interfaith Understanding Seminar

PITTSBURGH:  Dr. Katie Cruger, Assistant Professor of Communication and Program Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University, has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place July 31–August 4, 2016, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Dr. Cruger was selected in large part for her leadership and work in directing Chatham’s  First-Year Communication Seminar—Dialogues: Identity and Values. This course is required for all first-year students at Chatham, and aims to facilitate discourse around issues such as gender, faith, race, and how they contribute to identity.

Twenty-six faculty members will participate in the seminar, which will be led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success as a democracy,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

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