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Professor Selected for Interfaith Teaching Seminar

An Oklahoma City University religion professor has been selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. John Starkey, a professor in OCU’s Wimberly School of Religion, is one of 25 faculty members who will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar in June at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

 The seminar will be led by two leading scholars — Catherine Cornille, Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, chair of the department of theology, and professor of comparative theology at Boston College; and Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University.

“Strengthening the teaching of interfaith understanding at colleges and universities is a high priority at a time when college enrollment is becoming more diverse—by religion, as well as socioeconomic factors—just as American society is becoming more diverse,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.  “Strengthening participation in American life with greater understanding of the distinctive contributions of different faiths is key to America’s future success.”

The seminar is intended to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding, with the development of new courses and resources. For more information, visit

John Starkey