- DI's First-Ever SUSI for Scholars on Religious Pluralism
   - 13th SUSI for Student Leaders on Religious Pluralism
   - Announcing DI's New Executive Director
   - DI Offers "Dialogue Across Difference" Training
   - JES Spring Issue on Commemorating the Reformation
   - DI Leads Training for Exchange Program Alumni

Summer 2017
Participants from 18 Countries Complete DI's
First SUSI for Scholars on Religious Pluralism


Eighteen scholars from 18 countries completed the DI's first-ever Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars - Religious Pluralism in the United States on August 5th.

The intensive six-week program began on June 24th and included a month-long residential program in Philadelphia featuring
rigorous academic study, cultural, historical and religious site visits, opportunities for independent research, as well as a two-week study tour in Colorado, Arizona and Washington, D.C.


DI Concludes 13th Study of the
U.S. Institute for Student Leaders
Nineteen young adult students from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey spent five weeks studying religious pluralism, dialogue and democracy as part of the DI's 13th SUSI
for Student Leaders
since 2010.


DI Board Announces
New Executive Director
The Board of Directors announces the appointment of Howard A. Cohen as the
DI's new Executive Director. He succeeds Rebecca Mays as she moves into a
newly created role as Director of Education.


DI Offers 'Dialogue Across Difference' Training in Philly
On September 23, as part of both Peace Day Philly and GlobalPhilly 2017 activities, the DI is offering
a special training on "Dialogue Across Difference: Creating Compassion to Bridge the Divide."


Spring 2017 JES
Commemorates Reformation
The Spring 2017 Journal of Ecumenical Studies features a special section, "Commemorating the Reformation," inspired by the North American Academy of Ecumenists 2016 Conference.


DI Leads Dialogue Training
for Exchange Program Alumni
DI Director of Education Rebecca Mays led a dialogue training for
about 30 international exchange program alumni/ae, part of the U.S. State Department's Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars.