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Meredith Professor Selected for National Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

Meredith College Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Margarita Suárez has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Twenty-five faculty members will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place June 21–25, 2015, at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Suarez is one of three North Carolina faculty members selected for the program.

Margarita Suárez joined the Meredith faculty in 2001. Her area of concentration is religion and culture, specializing in contextual global liberation theologies. She teaches courses in Christian Thought and Ethics, Women and the Bible, Anthropology of Religion, Women, Religion and Ethnography, World Religions, Introduction to Biblical Literature and History. She also serves as faculty advisor for Meredith’s Muslim Student Association. She holds a Ph.D., from Northwestern University, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Noah Silverman, director of faculty partnerships at IFYC. Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, will be a special guest speaker. 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,” 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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