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Professors Selected to Represent TLU at Upcoming CIC Seminars

April 2, 2019

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As part of two upcoming Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminars, Dr. Carl Hughes and Dr. Rebecca Czuchry have been selected to represent TLU at events in their academic fields.

Hughes, an associate professor of Theology and director of Women's Studies, will was chosen from a competitive national pool of nominees to participate in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar. The event is offered by the CIC and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

On June 16-20, 2019, 25 faculty members will participate in the five-day seminar at DePaul University in Chicago. The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding through the development of new courses and resources.

“Interfaith dialog, although challenging, is essential for students who will live and work in an increasingly-diverse nation," said CIC President Richard Ekman. "Democratic participation is strengthened by mutual understanding among the many faith traditions shaping America today. The faculty members who will participate in this seminar are up to that challenge. Their qualifications and achievements are most impressive.”

Dr. Rebecca Czuchry, History professor and African American Studies program director, is one of just 25 faculty members nationwide chosen by the CIC and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special seminar on “The Civil War in American Memory” at Yale University on June 23-27, 2019. This event for faculty members in history, political science, and related fields is especially important for those who may be called upon as resources and experts when questions arise over what should be done with controversial historical statues and markers on their campuses and in their communities. 

Participants will assess the historical memory of the most divisive event in American history—the Civil War. Participants will consider works on Civil War memory, discuss theoretical texts on the nature and significance of collective memory across time and cultures, and dive deeply into three anniversary moments in this history: the 50th (1911–1915); the 100th (1961–1965); and the 150th (2011–2015). Above all, the seminar aims to provide a forum in which to comprehend and analyze why the slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction epoch has remained an unending dilemma in American historical consciousness.

“Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance to maintaining informed citizen participation in a democracy," Ekman said. "The Civil War has been used—and misused—to bolster contemporary arguments about conflict resolution, race, and the role of America in the world. The seminar will provide participating faculty members with unusual insight into the selective public memory through the years about American’s defining event, the Civil War. Participants in the seminar will be better prepared to teach a new generation of students how to understand major social and political issues of today in light of history, the different perspectives in different eras, and recent debates over Civil War monuments and symbols. We believe that Dr. Czuchry will play a strong role in the seminar.”

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