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Young Scholars in American Religion

The next generation of leading teachers and scholars in American religion is at work in our colleges and universities today. With support from Lilly Endowment, the Center assists these early career scholars in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of professional communities through the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Biennial Conference

Every two years, the Center holds a highly interactive national conference on religion and American culture featuring the work of nationally recognized scholars speaking on a wide variety of subjects.

World Religions in Greater Indianapolis

The Center partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to introduce fifteen community college instructors to the religious traditions of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist communities in greater Indianapolis. The program, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, resulted in the production of nearly 150 course modules that incorporate knowledge about world religions into core humanities curriculum.

Teaching K-12

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center has hosted programs for K-12 teachers interested in learning how better to teach about religion in their classrooms.


The Center hosts a variety of events for scholars, educators, and the general public. Recent topics include race, rock ‘n’ roll, and evangelicalism in the 1950s and 1960s, the role of religion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,¬†evangelical Christianity and social engagement, Mormonism in the 21st century, and flea market religion.

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