Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies (University of Michigan-Dearborn) Records
 


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Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies (University of Michigan-Dearborn) records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies (University of Michigan-Dearborn) record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Abstract:
Founded in 2001 as the Center for Religion and Society at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Center houses and supports the interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies, and advances research on religion and its relationship to American society. The Pluralism Project, developed by Claude Jacobs, focused on religion and religious communities in Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, Michigan. The Center’s records primarily document the Pluralism Project and the files of the director, Claude Jacobs. The collection also contains publications and printed material from religious communities across Michigan.

History:
The Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies was established as the Center for Religion and Society in 2001 by faculty in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Center aims to 1) provide a focus for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarly research on religion and its relationship to American society, 2) house and support the existing interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies, 3) coordinate other activities on campus related to religion, and 4) serve as a point of contact for members of the metropolitan community interested in issues related to religion, and to engage that community in a dialogue about those issues. The faculty affiliated with the Center and Religious Studies minor come from a variety of disciplines, including History, Anthropology, English, Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy. Many faculty members are actively involved in research and outreach with religious communities in Dearborn and metropolitan Detroit. The Center is home to four interrelated programs: 1) interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies, 2) the Worldviews Seminar, 3) the Pluralism Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and 4) the Metropolitan Detroit Digital Music Archive of religious music, chant, and recitation. The Center also sponsors lectures and colloquia on campus and serves as a link between the University and area religious centers and inter-religious organizations.

The Religious Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn was established to provide a focus for discussions on the ethical standards and cultural orientations that have been fostered by various religions. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is part of one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions in the nation, with religious centers dating back to 1701. Since the establishment of that first place of worship, Saint Anne de Detroit Roman Catholic Church, Southeastern Michigan became home to people of many faiths, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Baha’is, and others. In the Religious Studies Program, researchers and students explore Western cultural context by expanding their knowledge of the traditions, influences, and rationales of these various religious underpinnings.

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Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.



Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

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  • University of Michigan--Dearborn. Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies. (2018)

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