Archive for February, 2012

This is an interesting Library of Congress online exhibition entitled “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic.”  It’s definitely worth a look as it relates to the American Civil Religion portion of our Summer course.


*   *   *   *   *   *Encompassing over 200 objects including early American books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings, artifacts, and music from the Library’s collections and complemented by loans from other institutions, Religion and the Founding of the American Republic explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic. The seven sections of the exhibition are on such provocative issues as:


This exhibition demonstrates that many of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions who in the seventeenth century crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice their faith freely. That the religious intensity of the original settlers would diminish to some extent over time was perhaps to be expected, but new waves of eighteenth century immigrants brought their own religious fervor across the Atlantic and the nation’s first major religious revival in the middle of the eighteenth century injected new vigor into American religion. The result was that a religious people rose in rebellion against Great Britain in 1776, and that most American statesmen, when they began to form new governments at the state and national levels, shared the convictions of most of their constituents that religion was, to quote Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation, indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. The efforts of the Founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the equality and freedom of all citizens is the central question which this exhibition explores.

Calling all interested students!

Faculty Instructor Professor Vivian-Lee Nyitray will be holding an information session at her home campus of UC Riverside this week.

Drop by the UCR International Education Center in University Village (Suite 204 on the 2nd Floor) from 11am – 12 noon this Friday, March 2, to learn more about this opportunity and have the chance to speak with Professor Nyitray in person.

If you can’t make the info session for “Religion, Secularism, & Civil Societies” but would like more info about the course, please contact Professor Nyitray via email for alternate arrangements.

If you are a student from another UC campus who would be interested in an info session near you, contact us and we’ll see what we can do!

Looking forward to meeting all of you at the info session, and remember:


As you may have already read on the Facebook page or Twitter feed [@EAP50thNyitray], there have been some questions about the financial aid situation with regard to this summer course.


EAP has confirmed that although this is a 9-unit course, it will be counted for financial aid purposes as if it’s a full 12-unit load course.  That means you’d be eligible for FULL financial aid for this summer.

For those of you from UC Berkeley and UC Merced who are on the semester system (rather than the quarter system like the rest of the UCs), provisions will be made so that you can return to your home campuses in time for the start of Fall semester.

We hope this news brings a big sigh of relief for some of you and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Remember, the application deadline is April 1st.  To apply, create a MyEAP profile, choose this course from the dropdown menu, and continue with the online application.

We’ve got a blog!

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Thanks for checking out the brand new blog for “Religion, Secularism, & Civil Societies in the Netherlands, Germany, and the US.”  My name is Shady Grove and I’ll be the Program Assistant for the study abroad course, working with Faculty Instructor Vivian-Lee Nyitray to make sure you have the best experience possible this summer.  I’m still in the process of putting together this blog, and will be smoothing out the wrinkles over the next few days.  The goal is to have this site work alongside the Facebook page and Twitter feed [@EAP50thNyitray] to bring you the most up-to-date information about the course.  Stay tuned for:

*Articles in the news re: religion and secularism in NL, Germany, and the US

*Practical tips on preparing for your time abroad (packing, language skills, etc)

*Required and recommended books and films to read and watch before we go

*Updates to the itinerary for the course

*More in-depth information about the purpose of this course and what it will cover during the 4-week trip

Also, please feel free to use this blog (as well as the Facebook page) to contact us with your questions about this program. Once we are abroad, I’ll be updating this blog daily with photos and descriptions of our activities.  Make sure to tell your family and friends about it so they can follow our adventures from a distance!

Thanks again for checking out this blog, come back soon, and remember: