History of the Case Study Initiative

Diana at CIRCLEIn fall 2007 Diana Eck began utilizing the method when teaching the course “Religion in Multicultural America: Case Studies in Religious Pluralism.” Since that initial pilot course, interest in the case study method has grown exponentially both at Harvard and beyond. The Pluralism Project continues to engage colleagues at other institutions in the teaching of case studies, integrating this innovative approach into seminary, theological school, and liberal arts classrooms. Our goal is to create a small case collection to serve as a curricular resource for teachers in a wide range of educational settings. Past funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carpenter Foundation, the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School and ongoing philanthropic support from individuals has been critical to this work.

case3In May 2008, the CSWR hosted a case discussion and workshop, led by Dr. Willis Emmons of Harvard Business School’s Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning. The focus of discussion was “Driven by Faith,” a case developed by Pluralism Project Senior Researcher Ellie Pierce. In June 2012, the Pluralism Project and Andover Newton Theological School co-hosted a two-week intensive seminar for theological school students on interfaith leadership.

Pluralism Project staff regularly present on the Case Study Initiative and lead case discussions with a wide range of community and campus settings in the Greater Boston area and beyond.

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