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ERIC Number: EJ930710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-2
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Unholy Trinity? Secularism Institute Renews Liberal Arts Curriculum
Keysar, Ariela
New England Journal of Higher Education, Aug 2010
Secularism is controversial in today's political debates, championed by some and vilified by others. So when Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., opened a center for the study of secularism in September 2005, some people worried that it could become a source of friction on campus--yet another battleground in the culture wars that are wreaking havoc in higher education. The Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) has turned into a small but powerful magnet for professors and students across the Trinity campus and beyond who are interested in discussing big issues of the day in a neutral setting. The Institute holds monthly dinner seminars attended by faculty from a wide variety of departments, and courses developed under its auspices have become popular offerings in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The Institute has also held national curriculum-development workshops that have turned into wide-ranging, interdisciplinary discussions. In this article, the author discusses how Trinity College made the secularism institute a "uniter" and how the institute renews liberal arts curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut