A Community of Committed Scholars Promoting Interfaith Cooperation

IFYC has the privilege of working with college and university faculty across a range of disciplines and institutions. These educators collectively draw on a deep body of knowledge and experience and converge frequently online and in-person to collaborate on their shared ideas and challenges.  

If you are exploring issues of interfaith cooperation and understanding in your teaching, scholarship, or research, we welcome you to join this growing network and add your voice to this emerging field.


Faculty Development Seminar: Teaching Interfaith Understanding

June 16-20, 2019, Chicago, IL

In partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges and generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation

Faculty members from CIC-affiliated schools are invited to participate in a multidisciplinary seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding. This seminar, led by Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury, and Eboo Patel, Founder and President of IFYC, will examine the substantial theoretical questions inherent in teaching interfaith understanding and explore the practical work of translating these ideas into courses. The seminar will blend text-based discussions, syllabi and curriculum development, case study workshops, and site visits in the Chicagoland area. Applications for the 2019 seminar are due by Friday, January 18, 2019. Visit https://www.cic.edu/programs/interfaith for more information or to submit an application.


Interfaith Events at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

We invite you to join us for the events that IFYC will be hosting or co-sponsoring at the AAR Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, this November. 

The Association of Interreligious/Interfaith Studies Workshop - Friday, November 16, 2:00pm-5:00pm 
Sheraton Downtown-Tower Court D (I.M. Pei Tower - Second Level) 
Join us for the 2nd annual meeting of the Association for Interreligious/Interfaith Studies (AIIS). Come and hear from local interfaith organizers in Denver about issues they face in their communities followed by a peer-to-peer conversation with fellow scholars about developing research, curricula, and scholarship that is both inspired by and accountable to communities. Register here.

IFYC Reception - Saturday, November 17, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sheraton Downtown-Silver (I.M. Pei Tower - Third Level) 
IFYC welcomes all AAR participants to join us for this reception. Stop by to learn more about IFYC's programs for faculty, which include grant projects, faculty development seminars, and online curricular resources. This reception is also an opportunity to network with peers across the country who are invested in the field of interfaith and interreligious studies. No registration needed. 

Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field Book Panel - Monday, November 19, 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Convention Center-Mile High 4A (Lower Level) 
Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field is a groundbreaking anthology, written by scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. The volume considers the theoretical constructions, signature pedagogies, practical applications, and challenges or tensions that currently mark the field. The panel will include co-editors Eboo Patel, Jennifer Howe-Peace, and Noah Silverman in conversation with book contributors and additional scholars to assess the assertions and implications presented in this volume. No registration needed. 

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