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Institute on Religion in Curriculum and Culture of Higher Education


With support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, SVHE is to develop model programs to address religious illiteracy.  (brochure) To date, ten campuses were selected, each consisting of a team of 3 faculty and 1 student, with the goal of developing curricular and/or co-curricular programs related to issues of religion and public life to be implemented and assessed during the 2008-2009 academic year and afterward widely distributed by means of a monograph summarizing the results. Institute faculty consisted of the following:


  • Robert Spivey, co-director, former chair of the Department of Religion, Florida State University; former executive director of the American Academy of Religion; former SVHE President.
  • Miriam Diamond, coordinator, former associate director, faculty program, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University; higher education.
  • Allen Dunn, professor, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, editor, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal; English literature.
  • Richard B. Miller, professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University; director, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions; religious ethics.
  • Nancy Thomas, former director SVHE Democracy Project; senior associate with Study Circles Resource Center; former director ACE Listening to Communities project; higher education.
  • Kevin Reinhart, Associate professor, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College: Islamic Studies.


July, 2009 Update Synopsis CLICK to view


Additional Resources:

  • On-line report, “Democratic Dialogue Skills Presented at Institute on Religion on Curriculum and Culture in Higher Education”, appeared in the National Issues Forums: News in September, 2009.
  • On-line slides  of “Models promoting religious literacy among citizens of a global society” presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 2009 Annual Meeting.