Respect, compassion, and inclusion are concepts widely promoted in civil society. These ideas unite under the religious notion that one should “love thy neighbor.” Often identified in more contemporary contexts as the Golden Rule or the the notion that in times of disagreement an individual should walk a mile in another’s shoes, such ideas are found across faith traditions throughout history:
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful (Udana-Varga 5.18)
Christianity: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Mark 12:31)
Islam: None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself (40 Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)
Judaism: That which is hateful to you do not do to another (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Taoism: I am good to the man who is good to me, likewise, I am good to the bad man (Tao Te Ching)
Intergroup understanding requires an understanding of the ways in which we shape in-group and out-group identities. Who gets to be “in” and who is kept “out”? What characteristics define the border between “us” and “them,” and how do we navigate identities, others’ and our own, when that border is ambiguous or invisible? What are the spoken and unspoken rules that govern our interactions with those we perceive as being one of “us” versus one of “them?”
The current political climate has highlighted social, demographic, and ideological differences in visible, and often uncomfortable, ways. College campuses have become focal points in the battle of ideas about who we are as a nation, where we are headed, and how people of diverse backgrounds are (or are not) granted a claim to the “American” identity.
The 2018 Dalton Institute will explore identity as a power structure and higher education’s role in balancing the values of individual liberty and universal inclusion.
These guiding questions are not intended as a comprehensive list, but may provide focus for program proposals and a basis for reflection by all attendees.
|July 31, 2017||Call for Awards Opens|
|July 31, 2017||Call for Programs & Papers Opens|
|Sept. 5, 2017||Registration Opens|
|Oct. 2, 2017||Award Nomination Deadline|
|Oct. 2, 2017||Program/Paper Proposal Deadline|
|Nov. 3, 2017||Program Acceptances Emailed|
|Nov. 20, 2017||Award Winners Notified|
|Dec. 1, 2017||Earlybird Registration Deadline|
|Jan. (TBD), 2017||Hotel Block Rates Expire|
|Feb. 1-3, 2018||28th Annual Dalton Institute (Registration Opens Sept. 5, 2017)|