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Dominican University Offers Online Course on Interfaith Leadership

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

River Forest, IL - Dominican University and the Interfaith Youth Core are partnering on an open online course, “Introduction to Interfaith Leadership,” which is available through the Internet, free of charge, to people across the country. The eight-lesson course offers a comprehensive and academically rigorous examination of the history of interfaith cooperation in the United States as well as its importance in today’s society. The course, which is available February 26 through April 29, is supported by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Participants in the course will explore their own faith traditions and develop their religious literacy. They also will learn skills for better recognizing and addressing issues of religious differences and their impact on everyday life, including in professional sectors such as business, medicine and education.

The course will be co-taught by Claire Noonan and Aaron Hollander. Noonan is a practical theologian who brings more than two decades of experience in university ministry, adult faith formation and social justice education to her work as vice president of mission and ministry at Dominican University, where she chairs the Interfaith Cooperation Committee. She received her Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree from the Chicago Theological Union. Hollander is an adjunct professor of interfaith studies at Dominican University and a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago. He was the 2016-17 Martin Marty Fellow in Religion and Public Engagement, and a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow in Religion and Theology.

Dominican University has served as a campus partner with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit headquartered in Chicago, since 2010. The IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation a social norm by providing young people from different faith and secular traditions with opportunities for dialogue and service to others.

To register for this course, visit For more information about the Introduction to Interfaith Leadership course, contact Claire Noonan at

About Dominican University

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master’s degrees through the College of Health Sciences, the Brennan School of Business and the College of Applied Social Sciences. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science. In the 2018 issue of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top 20 of Midwest master’s level universities. The magazine also ranked Dominican as a “Great School at a Great Price.”