The mission of The Center for Religion and Global Citizenry is to increase UW-Madison students’ religious literacy and their facility for communicating across boundaries of faith so that they may function effectively as citizens of a religiously diverse world.
The Center was established in August of 2017 after the closing of the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions in June of 2016. We hope to grow to become the hub for discussion of religious pluralism on the UW-Madison Campus and in the greater Madison community. With several different programs functioning in cooperation, the Center serves the undergraduate and graduate student population as well as faculty, staff, and community members.
The Interfaith Fellows Program
The Interfaith Fellows Program trains up to fifteen undergraduate students to become more knowledgeable about different religious traditions and more skilled at communicating with people from other religious backgrounds. We want to equip our fellows so that they can play an important part in working out the mechanics of religious pluralism and interfaith discourse within civil society. We see our fellows becoming an interfaith avant-garde who might serve as leaders in an ever increasingly interconnected global world. We seek to provide them, and the other students whom they involve in campus interfaith events and programming, with the knowledge and skills to surmount the barriers of religious difference and to become interfaith leaders in whatever career trajectories the future might hold for them.
During their yearlong fellowship the fellows will:
- Honor their fellow students’ religious background, culture, and values, and respect their otherness.
- Approach different religious traditions both intellectually and experientially.
- Explore, interpret, and understand different religious ideas, acts, and practices towards social justice.
- Become more self-aware of their own religious beliefs and values.
- Gain awareness of major religious traditions and their crucial role in global developments.
- Identify additional opportunities for interfaith engagement that would help sustain the CRGC’s efforts towards more interfaith awareness and collaboration on campus.
- Coordinate on-campus events to bring interfaith conversations to the wider public.
- Write about their experiences in the group or in other interfaith contexts in blog posts.
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year fellowships will be released in Spring of 2019.
The Interfaith Network
The CRGC is closely collaborating with The Interfaith Network at UW-Madison to promote interreligious literacy and cooperation on campus. The Interfaith Network at UW-Madison is a Registered Student Organization under the Associated Students of Madison. This group aims to meet biweekly to discuss local, national, and/or international issues of interest to religious and non-religious students. The group is meant to serve as a bridge between the interfaith fellows and the wider campus community.
The Interdisciplinary Religion Group
The Interdisciplinary Religion Group (IRG) is an informal working group of graduate students and faculty members whose interests involve the study of religion. Our hope is to provide a forum where participants can workshop research-in-progress, discuss theoretical and practical issues involved in the academic study of religion, and form connections across departments at UW-Madison. As our name suggests, we welcome participants from across the humanities and social sciences. The IRG aims to hold monthly meetings.
The Interdisciplinary Religion Group – Spring 2020
Time: Feb 26, March 25, & April 29, 2020 | 4:00-5:30p
Location: Rm 313 | Center for the Humanities | 432 E. Campus Mall
Open to graduate students and faculty members
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