SUSI Welcome Reception June 26th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. HSSB 3041

June 26, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – June 26, 2013 @ 5:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
HSSB 3041
UC Santa Barbara
552 University Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Please join Clark Roof, Kathie Moore, and the SUSI staff in welcoming our new participants on Wednesday, June 26th @ 4 p.m. in HSSB 3041. Light refreshments will be served. 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 to learn firsthand how people with widely differing beliefs can coexist.

They are participating in a program titled “Study of the United States Institutes – Religious Pluralism and Public Presence.” Hosted by UCSB’s Department of Religious Studies, the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) program is part of a broader U.S. Department of State initiative that seeks to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad by improving the quality of teaching and the curricula used in academic institutions overseas. The program at UCSB is one of several taking place this summer at universities around the country.  

The institute is funded by the Study of the United States Branch of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Participants are among over 40,000 individuals who take part in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

We are proud to celebrate our 12th year this summer with a new group of scholars.  This year’s participants will represent Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovin, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Finland, India, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.  Our program is scheduled to begin on June 24th.  We look forward to another engaging and productive summer with our international guests!