Religious Pluralism in Tennessee
An NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Program


July 28 - 29, 2016

Summer Summit: Bringing the Outside In

 The following video contains the personal narrative of refugee Ms. Kasar Abdullah as
it was presented at the Bridging Culture 2016 event.

Invited Speakers

George Mehaffy  DR. GEORGE L. MEHAFFY

Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change,
American Association of State Colleges and Universities/AASCU
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Dr. Caryn Mctighe Musil  DR. CARYN McTIGHE MUSIL

Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives    
Association of American Colleges and Universities/AAC&U
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Nancy Thomas   DR. NANCY L. THOMAS

Director, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education/IDHE,
Tufts University
Director, National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement/NSLVE

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Emily Sohmer Tai  DR. EMILY SOHMER TAI

2015-2016 National Distinguished Humanities Educator,
Community College Humanities Association/CCHA
Mentor in Religion in Community College Humanities Courses,
NEH Bridging Cultures in Community Colleges Program
Associate Professor of History,
Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Click to view Dr. Sohmer Tai's 2016 Presentation

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Ronald Messier  DR. JOHN D. REIFF

Director, Civic Learning and Engagement,
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

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Past Events

July 2015

Creating a More Perfect Union in the Bible Belt:

Building Community and Cultural Understanding through the Study of Religion and Civil SocietY

Invited Speakers

Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp  LAURIE F. MAFFLY-KIPP

Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Washington University in St. Louis

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M. Christian Green M. CHRISTIAN GREEN

Senior Research Fellow
Center for the Study of Law and Religion
Emory University School of Law

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Carlos Fraenkel   CARLOS FRAENKEL

James McGill Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies
McGill University

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Emily Auerbach  EMILY AUERBACH

Professor of English
Director, Odyssey Project
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Ronald Messier  RONALD MESSIER

Professor Emeritus of History
Middle Tennessee State University

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