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33818 Conferences

Ethics, Religion, and Civil Discourse

Added by admin on 2011-04-30

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2011-10-13
Last Date Last Day: 2011-10-15
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2011-07-15

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Vincent Biondo
Email Email: vbiondo at
Address Address: California State University, Fresno, CA, United States

Conference Description:

The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring a two-year project based in the Philosophy Department at Fresno State to research increased religious diversity in public schools. This call for papers is for our inaugural academic conference, which will be followed by an edited volume and summer workshop for teachers including curricular recommendations. In 1955 Will Herberg defined Religion in America as Protestant-Catholic-Jew following the successful integration of Catholic and Jewish immigrants. Then the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 led to the arrival of thirty million new non-European immigrants. In our classrooms we often remain ignorant about the traditions of our students, which include Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Pentecostal Christianity, Jehovah’s Witness, Latter-day Saints, and others. How should teachers approach these new issues of religious diversity? When are accommodations preferable to assimilation? How can education improve our ability to solve shared problems across religious and political lines? Must distant geopolitical conflicts be re-enacted on local school campuses? In what ways can academics from multiple disciplines help K-12 educators to model civil discourse? We seek paper proposals on: civility and religious tolerance; civil society and the public sphere; the First Amendment; religion and ethnicity; recent demographic changes; local case studies; and the role of History education and Literature education. Please submit a CV and proposal (maximum of 500 words) to Dr. Andrew Fiala and Dr. Vincent Biondo before July 15, 2011. We are able to provide a limited amount of financial support for travel, so scholars, teachers, students, and community members who would like to participate should include such requests with their application.

Project Goals

The aim of this project is to understand and promote civil discourse about increased religious diversity in California’s Central Valley. This project will advance understanding about ethical and religious topics in a non-partisan and non-sectarian manner while highlighting the ways that regionally significant authors and scholars of the humanities have dealt with questions of diversity and pluralism. The project will build a new institutional network among California Universities, develop a new curriculum for schools, and provide outreach to religious and civic organizations interested in promoting civil discourse to prevent violent conflict.

A Humanities Initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities

"NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities."
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