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Faith-Based Voices in the Classroom Workshop for Faculty

  • Kingsborough Community College 2001 Oriental Boulevard Room: M240 (MAC Rotunda/Lighthouse) Brooklyn, NY, 11235 United States (map)

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Led by Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, Director of Programs, Interfaith Center of New York

Despite the rich religious diversity of New York City, many New Yorkers are reluctant to engage with their neighbors’ faith traditions. Our public universities have a unique opportunity to promote respectful dialogue across faith lines, but many educators are concerned that religious difference may be a source of conflict in the classroom and community. Through this workshop for faculty members, the Interfaith Center of New York will help Kingsborough Community College create a more inclusive learning community for students of all religious and secular backgrounds.

The workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by student religious expression in the public university classroom. How, we will ask, can faculty members best incorporate faith-based perspectives into a secular, academic curriculum?  In what ways may student religious expression help to deepen, or potentially damage, the educational experience in a diverse classroom? These questions will be framed by three brief (and entirely optional) scholarly readings, but above all the workshop will offer KCC faculty members an opportunity to reflect together on their experiences teaching in a re­lig­iously diverse community. If you’ve ever felt stump-  ed when a student quotes scripture, or shares their experiences as a person of faith, this workshop is for you.

Workshop Leader

Henry Goldschmidt is a cultural anthropologist, community educator, and scholar of American religious diversity. He is currently the Director of Programs at the Interfaith Center of New York, where he leads the NEH-funded Religious Worlds of New York summer institute for K-12 teachers.  He has also taught in religious studies and anthropology at Wesleyan University and elsewhere. As a life-long Brooklynite, he’s excited to work with KCC faculty and support the diversity of his home town.

Please RSVP to Debra.Schultz@kbcc.cuny.edu by October 18th.