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Interfaith Center of New York (New York, NY 10115-0253)
Henry Goldschmidt (Project Director: March 2011 to November 2014)

Institutes for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

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$178,420 (approved)
$173,762 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity

A three-week institute for thirty school teachers on American religious diversity as manifested in community life in New York City.

This three week institute will offer school teachers an advanced introduction to the religious diversity of the United States, through a classroom engagement with religious studies scholarship, and an ethnographic engagement with the religious life of New York City. Participants will explore six significant religious traditions. They will discuss the constitutional and pedagogic issues surrounding the study of religion in public and private schools. They will examine religious life through both literature and film. And they will work together to create a multimedia map of the religious life of a New York neighborhood. The institute will thus give them the pedagogic tools they need to teach their students about “lived religion,” in addition to the conventional “world religions” curriculum - that is, to teach young people about the everyday lives of their fellow Americans from diverse religious traditions, rather than simply the doctrines, rituals, and texts of these traditions.