Friday, February 4, 2011

Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education Conference" (TIDE) in Boston, MA - May 27-29, 2011

I got this info from Macha, who received it from the Pluralism Project at Harvard.   -Michelle

Dear friends,

Please see the message below from Interfaith Action’s Youth Leadership Program regarding the upcoming “Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education Conference” to be held at Northeastern University in Boston, MA on May 27-29, 2011. Please contact Jason Smith, Youth Program Director, at with any further questions or requests for additional information.


Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education Conference -- Boston, Massachusetts

Interfaith Action's Youth Leadership Program presents the fifth annual Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education (TIDE) Conference.  The TIDE Conference is organized and led by teens who wish to spread pluralism, increase the impact of teenage voices, and have their presence felt as a positive force in the global community.  The three-day conference is planned by fifty high school students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, and held at Northeastern University over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2011.  The goals of the conference are to train teens to communicate respectfully and use their skills in discussions about highly charged issues; develop leadership and facilitation skills; and foster bonds and lasting friendships among the youth in attendance. Conference attendees will participate in workshops, dialogues, and other activities throughout the weekend that allow them to discover more about themselves and their understanding of personal identity; learn about the beliefs and identities of others; and make their voices heard.  By the end of the weekend, teens will gain the skills needed to break down religious and ethnic barriers while becoming leaders in their communities.  Adults working with teens have the opportunity to attend a parallel but separate adult track at the conference.

Many of the conflicts that occur across the world are a result of cultural misunderstandings and a lack of tolerance and leadership. Participation in the TIDE Conference is one leap towards a more harmonious and peaceful world, led by strong individuals who have fostered their skills as teens!

The TIDE Conference has been officially designated as a Post-Parliament Event by the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR).  The conference is sponsored by Interfaith Action, Inc. in collaboration with the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University. 

More information about the conference and how you can register is available at .   Outside groups and individuals may submit workshop proposals to showcase their work during the Sunday track of the conference.  All proposals are due by April 1, 2011.  More information about this opportunity may also be found on Interfaith Action's website.

Please contact Jason Smith, Youth Program Director, at with any further questions or requests for additional information.

The Pluralism Project
Harvard University
2 Arrow Street, 4th floor
Cambridge, MA   02138


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