June 7, 2016

Michael A. Dutch Chosen to Participate in National Seminar


Professor of Business Management Michael A. Dutch has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core are offering the seminar with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Twenty-six faculty members from institutions across the country will attend the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar, July 31-Aug. 4 at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

The seminar will be led by two accomplished scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, 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.

“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,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges.

“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. The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”