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Civility, Ethics, Religion, and Civil Discourse

Civility, Ethics, Religion, and Civil Discourse

Civility, Religious Pluralism and Education

a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project

FORTHCOMING: book from Routledge by Vincent Biondo and Andrew Fiala, editors

Classroom Resources for K-12 Teachers

  1. For Respecting The First Amendment
  2. For Respecting Religious Diversity
  3. For Respecting Citizenship

New Event: Charles Haynes and Marica Beauchamp visiting Fresno on April 13, 2013.
Sponsored by: The First Amendment Center and The Tony Blair Faith Foundation's Face to Faith School Program


Sample Teacher Exercises Coming Soon !!!


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In October, 2011 Drs. Fiala and Biondo welcomed 25 prominent scholars from across the U.S. to Fresno to share their research on civility and the Humanities in diverse American cities. For more information about our featured speakers Jedd Medefind, Amir Hussain, and Diane Moore, please click on their names. On Friday evening October 14, 2011, Bill Nericcio hosted a cultural event at Arte Americas featuring a text performance with guitar by Emmy award-winning writer Rubén Martínez.


Jedd Medefield Amir Hussain Diane Moore Bill Nericcio Ruben Martinez

Jedd Medefind is President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  He is an author of Four Souls (Thomas Nelson, 2001) and served as the White House Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Amir Hussain teaches Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is the author of Oil & Water (CopperHouse, 2006) and is the first Muslim editor of one of the most prestigious Religious Studies Journals in the U.S. (JAAR).

Diane Moore is the author of Overcoming Religious Illiteracy (Palgrave, 2007). She directs the Religious Literacy Project for Teachers at Harvard University.

Bill Nericcio is a graphic designer and artist. He is the author of Tex{t}-Mex (University of Texas, 2007) and is the first Chicano Chair of the English Department at San Diego State University.

Rubén Martínez is an Emmy award-winning writer and performer.  He is the author of The New Americans (New Press, 2004) and he hosted "When Worlds Collide" for PBS.

Project Goals

The aim of this project is to understand and promote civil discourse about increased religious diversity in California. This project will advance understanding about ethical and religious topics in a non-partisan and non-sectarian manner while highlighting the ways that regionally significant authors and scholars of the humanities have dealt with questions of diversity and pluralism. The project will build a new institutional network among California Universities, develop a new curriculum for schools, and provide outreach to religious and civic organizations interested in promoting civil discourse to prevent violent conflict.


A Humanities Initiative from The National Endowment for the Humanities

"NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities."


With support from

Leon S. Peters Foundation

Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno

Interfaith Alliance of Central California

Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning

Interfaith Youth Core

Journal of Religion & Education


Additional Resources

American Academy of Religion (AAR) K-12 Curriculum Guidelines.pdf

First Amendment Center California 3 R's Project

Chico State Religion and Public Education Resource Center

Harvard Pluralism Project

UC Santa Barbara Capps Center

Boston College Boisi Center

USC Religion and Civic Culture Center

San Diego State MAPS Project

The Toledo Guiding Principles