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Summer Institute

Academic Resources and Facilities

The Religious Worlds of New York summer institute will be held on the campus of Union Theological Seminary -- the oldest, and arguably the premier, independent graduate school of theology in the United States. The UTS campus is a peaceful oasis in the Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside Heights, with two blocks of gothic revival buildings set around a central quadrangle including open expanses of grass, outdoor seating, flower gardens, and an organic vegetable garden.  Beyond the seminary's doors lies a vibrant neighborhood of leading academic and cultural institutions, including Columbia University, Teachers College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as a wide range of restaurants and cafes, scenic Riverside Park, and easy access to subway and bus service.  Beyond the nieghborhood lies all of the excitement and diversity of New York City.  An ethnographic engagement with the religious life of the city will be one of the Religious Worlds institute's most important academic resources.


Summer scholars will have a full complement of academic resources at their disposal, including the support of research librarians at two of the most prestigious libraries in the nation. UTS's Burke Library is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, with over 700,000 items. Columbia's Butler Library houses two million volumes, with particular strengths in history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Summer scholars will also have IT support, access to UTS's computer lab (with printing available for a small cost), and wireless internet throughout the campus.