The Division of Humanities is excited to announce that the project of Religious Landscapes of Los Angeles: Teaching and Exploring Religious Diversity Through Civic Engagementled by Principal Investigator and Center for the Study of Religion and Study of Religion IDP Director, Professor Carol Bakhos, has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This summer two-week institute (July 9th—20th, 2018) will seek to provide the tools K-12 educators need to teach about religious diversity in a manner that draws attention not only to differences that distinguish religious traditions from one another, but also commonalities that foster a deeper appreciation for shared ethical norms and values. By learning about the teachings and history of religions as living traditions, we hope educators will come to appreciate what religions teach and how those teachings are reflected in the lives of those who affiliate with any given religion. The seminar will also draw attention to the complicated relationship between culture and religion. Exploring varieties of religious traditions with an eye toward the lived experience will be a catalyst for encouraging civic engagement and bridge building within local and global communities.

For more information on this project as it unfolds, please visit: http://religion.ucla.edu/