The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life was recently awarded renewed support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs for their Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion. This three-year grant will allow the CDTR, founded in 2006 when Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop a new program in international affairs and religion, to continue to examine how societies are rethinking and remodeling ideas and practices of religious accommodation to create more democratic outcomes and more inclusive cultures. This project counters the prevailing tendencies in academia, policy circles, and the media to focus on religious fundamentalism and violence by instead looking primarily at moderate and pluralist forms of religious accommodation.
The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs seeks to deepen understanding of religion as a critical dimension of national and international policies and politics. To such ends, they provide support to build on existing or emerging efforts at U.S. universities, public policy institutions, and the media, to strengthen or create new programs, to focus on particular issues, or to amplify synergies among those working at the intersection of religion and international affairs.
For more information on the work that the CDTR is doing and to stay informed about the upcoming projects this grant will help support, visit cdtr.ircpl.org.