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About the Center

About the Center


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Religious freedom is at the foundation of the American idea.

The expression of that freedom has shaped the United States’ politics, popular culture, justice system, and social structure throughout its history.

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989 to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture. We are a research and public outreach institute that supports the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America. As a program of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Center pursues its aim as part of the mission of liberal and humane learning. It seeks to elevate among students, faculty, and the larger American public the understanding of the influence of religion in the lives of people.

Scholarly Resources

The Center supports and advances the scholarly study of religion through a wide range of programs and initiatives:

  • National conferences and symposia
  • Books, essays, bibliographies, and research projects
  • Fellowships for new scholars
  • Sharing of research data
  • Semiannual scholarly periodical Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
  • Seminars for young academics to help them develop as teachers and researchers

Public Outreach

The Center also promotes increased understanding of religion’s role in current events among the general public. In addition to hosting public meetings, we are here to serve as a resource for media organizations, publishers, and writers. The Center’s officers and researchers are available as expert sources for journalists reporting on topics related to American religious history and practice. Contact us to schedule an interview.