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DYC Professor Selected for National Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

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Craig Tyson PhD selected for national seminar on teaching interfaith understanding

DYC Professor Selected for National Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

Craig Tyson, PhD, assistant professor of religious studies, is one of 25 selected from a nationwide pool of nominees.

Buffalo, New York – June 4, 2015 – Craig W. Tyson, PhD assistant professor of religious studies at D’Youville College, has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Twenty-five faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place June 21–25, 2015, at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Noah Silverman, director of faculty partnerships at IFYC.

Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, will be a special guest speaker. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment—and American society—is becoming more diverse. Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is a key to America’s future success,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The number of institutions that nominated faculty members to participate in the interfaith understanding seminar is most impressive.”

Dr. Tyson is a magna cum Laude graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, earned his master’s degree in divinity and a master’s degree in Old Testament studies, both summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He holds a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan where he earned his doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israelite History.

He has participated in numerous archaeological field expeditions in Jordan and Israel. Dr. Tyson joined the D’Youville Liberal Arts Department in 2012.

For more information, visit www.cic.edu/TeachingInterfaith

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The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 750 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One DuPont Circle in Washington, DC.

A Chicago-based nonprofit organization, Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Since its incorporation in 2002, IFYC has worked on five continents and with over 200 college and university campuses, trained thousands in the principles of interfaith leadership, and reached millions through the media. IFYC has worked with partners including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the White House, and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of IFYC.

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