The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has awarded the Dialogue Institute a three-year renewable grant to administer and host the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars on Religious Pluralism in the United States.*
The SUSI for Scholars program, to begin this summer and renewable through 2019, will complement the SUSI for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism in the United States which the Dialogue Institute (DI) has been running since 2010 in partnership with the International Center for Contemporary Education.
From June 24th to August 5th, the DI will welcome 18 mid-career scholars from 18 countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Portugal, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey. The six-week program begins with a residential component in Philadelphia, based at Temple University, and will feature a rigorous academic program and regular opportunities for independent research, as well as various religious, historical and cultural site visits. Study tours round out the full experience for participants, with trips planned to Lancaster (PA), New York City, Colorado (Denver), Arizona (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix) and Washington, D.C.
The DI will also host its 13th SUSI for Student Leaders this summer, July 15-August 19, with some programming overlap planned between the students and scholars. There will be several opportunities for the public to interact with participants.
* There are SUSI programs on a variety of different themes, but the DI is the only organization in the country selected by the State Department to run Institutes focused on religious pluralism.