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CRCS Newsletter February 2018 – Voicing Diversity Project

Voicing Diversity Project

This issue of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies newsletter features the new CRCS-CSEAS joint project, “Voicing Diversity”:

crcs and cseas joint project

In collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii (CSEAS UHM), CRCS will be shooting three short films on religious diversity in various locations around Indonesia in 2018. These films are supported by a grant from the US Department of Education as part of the Religion and Diversity Initiative. This project is aimed at creating educational resources on diversity in Southeast Asia for educational institutions in the US and Indonesia. The finished products will be hosted on the CRCS and CSEAS websites and along with resources that will assist educators to include these media products in developing lesson plans or public discussions.

The first episode of the film series will begin production in March of 2018 in Wakitobi National Park. Video journalist and creator of the Global Workshop Matt Colaciello and CRCS faculty member Kelli Swazey will work with the Bajau village of Sampela to document how the community’s Islamic identity and their indigenous religious practices informs their relationship with the ocean environment of their home in the Tukang Besi archipelago.

Also in the Newsletter

  • New website design
  • Politics of sharia opens Wednesday Forum this semester
  • Spring semester courses at CRCS
  • Upcoming talks

Click here to read the February 2018 newsletter!


The Center, in its partnership with the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, is proud to feature CRCS’ new newsletter. The monthly-published issues will be featured in the CSEAS newsletter and highlighted here on our website. Check out our Religion & Diversity Initiative page to see more publications from CRCS.