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The Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence Summer Institute is hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been funded by a grant from the Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the U.S. Department of State.  Participants in the Study of the U.S. Institutes are among the approximately 30,000 individuals who participate in exchanges managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the Department of State each year.  Other ECA exchange programs include the Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program. Through a range of academic and professional exchanges, the Bureau seeks to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. The University of California, Santa Barbara has hosted the Study of the Institute on Religious Pluralism since 2002.  Our institute examines the intersection between U.S. religious pluralism and democracy, exploring both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the U.S and the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy. Participants have an opportunity to share their perspectives on the study of religion and to investigate the history and sociology of American religion and the many religious majority and minority groups in the country. Participants visit local places of worship and examine films to provide context to classroom discussion. In addition, participants work with university faculty to develop, conduct, and present a related research project and embark on a study tour across the U.S. at the end of the program, concluding in Washington, D.C.


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  • Call For Papers: SUSI Alumni Conference
    Posted Jun 16, 2016, 11:08 AM by Kelli Coleman Moore
  • 15th anniversary! Every summer since 2002, a group of scholars from around the world gather at the University of California, Santa Barbara to discuss the religious diversity of the United States and ...
    Posted May 9, 2016, 10:49 PM by Kelli Coleman Moore
  • International Symposium Starts Tomorrow! Please join us for an international symposium on Religious Pluralism: International Symposium: Religious Pluralism in Global PerspectiveTuesday (Tomorrow), July 14th9:30am-11:30am: Religion in the Public Sphere ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2015, 3:11 PM by Kelli Coleman Moore
  • Year 14 in progress! Every summer since 2002, a group of scholars from around the world gather at the University of California, Santa Barbara to discuss the religious diversity of the United States and ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2015, 3:48 PM by Kelli Coleman Moore
  • Busy getting ready for Year 14! Every summer since 2002, a group of scholars from around the world gather at the University of California, Santa Barbara to discuss the religious diversity of the United States and ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2015, 11:13 PM by Kelli Coleman Moore
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