The Dialogue Institute (DI) is hosting another cohort of 20 young adult students from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, July 9-August 13, 2016, for its 12th Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism. The DI, in partnership with the International Center for Contemporary Education, has hosted more than 220 young people from the Middle East and Southeast Asia since 2010.
The five-week Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), introduces students to central elements of U.S. history, society, institutions, and democracy through a focus on American religious freedom. The DI/ICCE program consists of a four-week residential component in Philadelphia—including various religious, historical and cultural site visits—as well as trips to New York City, Washington, D.C. and other parts of the country.
Topics include: religious pluralism, the relationship between religion and state, freedom of religion, separation of powers/checks and balances, one person/one vote, rule of law, the nature of American citizenship, volunteerism in civil society, protection of minority rights (including LGBTQ and disabilities concerns), interfaith dialogue, critical thinking, nonviolent conflict-resolution, civil rights, ethnic diversity, women’s rights and immigration.