Our Programs and Approach
Effective engagement in the American public square requires a nuanced understanding of religious and cultural diversity. This involves much more than just understanding religious beliefs and customs. It requires an awareness of the social context in which diverse religions and cultures exist as well as the complex social dynamics that mediate encounters with religious and cultural difference.
IDCL’s work promotes intellectual exchange, makes current scholarship publicly intelligible, cultivates conversations about belonging, inclusion, and recognition, and facilitates collaboration across communities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, IDCL’s educational programs and research bridge public and academic discourse and provide resources for educators, community leaders, policy makers, social service providers and other professionals. ]Bringing together current scholarship and best practices, IDCL’s educational programs take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing religious and cultural diversity, drawing from religious studies, cultural studies, and social science research as well as anti-bias/anti-racist education and multicultural education.
- Professional Development:
IDCL offers field-specific workshops and seminars that develop religious and cultural literacy and provide tools for navigating diversity in professional settings. This includes professional programs for teachers, social service and health care providers, religious leaders, community organizers, and journalists.
IDCL can also work in consultation with your organization or institution to tailor custom programs to meet your needs.
IDCL’s public programs share our research and introduce participants to the rich religious and cultural diversity of the region. Our programs create conversations about how to work together to build a more inclusive public sphere.