In a social and political climate marked by increasing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the Dialogue Institute (DI) remains committed to fostering a climate of pluralism and religious freedom—including through both national and local Muslim-Jewish advocacy efforts.
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.*
Dialogue Institute staff will provide key leadership during the upcoming Global Peace Convention 2017, to be held February 28-March 3 in Manila, Philippines.
The Dialogue Institute—with a delegation led by Founder and President Leonard Swidler—will be in Nigeria this May to support the launching of the Centre for Deep Dialogue and Critical Thinking, at the University of Uyo.
The Dialogue Institute has been awarded a €150,000 grant (euros; approximately $162,000) from the Karl Schlecht Foundation to support projects related to dialogue and global ethics through August of 2018.
The Dialogue Institute hosted a celebratory event on January 27, 2017 marking Founder and President Leonard Swidler's 50th anniversary at Temple University and Temple's ground-breaking Department of Religion.
The Dialogue Institute re-established its graduate internship program this fall, and enthusiastically welcomed Jessica Sitek, a Ph.D candidate in the Temple University Department of Religion, into the role for the 2016-2017 academic year (and hopefully beyond!).
Dialogue Institute Founder/President, Leonard Swidler, and Executive Director, Rebecca Mays, spoke at the Fifth Songshan Forum on Chinese and Other World Civilizations, held October 27-30, 2016 in Dengfeng, Henan, China. They also both attended the first and third Forums, held in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
The Dialogue Institute hosted and facilitated a special full-day training on "Peace through Dialogue" for staff from the Global Peace Foundation in October. The customized training, focusing on dialogue, the "global ethic" and human rights, was designed to help GPF staff prepare for their upcoming Global Peace Convention 2017 in Manila, Philippines.
For the second straight year, the Dialogue Institute is partnering with Philadelphia-area Ten Thousand Villages stores for a unique local fundraiser on Thursday, December 8, 3-7 pm.