We are an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers drawn from the eight campuses of Indiana University.

We support the Religion and Ethics Seminars and sponsor events relating to religion, ethics, and values.


**Call for Proposals**

We are now accepting proposals for Religion and Ethics Seminars to run next year, Spring 2018 through Fall 2018. In connection to our RRRIJ initiative, we are particularly interested in proposals relating to race and/or ethnicity, though we maintain our interest in supporting seminars on a variety of topics.  You’ll find additional details here

Neal Thomas

Professor of Communication, University of North Carolina

Future Collectivity and the Graph Relation

Friday October 13th at 2:00 PM

Bloomington Campus, Dept of Information and Library Science, Wells Library, 030

The second meeting will focus the preceding issues within the roles of traditional documentary technologies and new media, per se, to create meaning, identity, social and cultural agency, and ethical choice and determination. Central to such a discussion are the roles of computerization and computer algorithms, indexes, and searching.

Co-Hosted by the Information, Ethics, and Sociocultural Values seminar, the Information and Library Science Colloquium and the RKSCI

Impact Investingphoto of a building on IU Bloomington's campus called Hodge Hall

John Duong

Lumina Foundations' Director of Lumina Impact Ventures

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Lumina Foundations' Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Monday October 16th 7 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1046

Food Provided.

Co-sponsored by the Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of Doing Business with the Poor seminar series & NetImpact, and the Trockman Microfinance Initiative student groups.

Andrew Kopec and Stephen Buttes

Reading Group Discussion

Tuesday October 17th 12-1:15 PM

IPFW Campus; LA 160

Assistant Professors Andrew Kopec and Steve Buttes will host a reading group to discuss several films, poems, and essays that explore the relationship between ideas of morality and notions of economic success and economic failure in the 19th Century U.S. The session will introduce ideas motivating the seminar and invite students and faculty to engage in conversation about these texts as well as those at the center of their own work.


photo of the education and arts building at iu south bend

Wéwéné Zhechgéwen: A Good Way of Doing Things

Dr. Jennifer Kanine

Director of Natural Resource for the Pokagon Band

Jason S. Wesaw

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Wednesday, Oct 18th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Education and Arts Building, 1011

The speakers at this event will discuss Potawatomi heritage, culture, and traditional ecological knowledge and values


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Moustafa Bayoumi

Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Columnist for The Guardian

How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America

Thursday October 19th from 2:30-3:45 PM

Bloomington campus, Woodburn Hall, Room 104

Faculty and student discussion with Professor Moustafa Bayoumi regarding his highly-acclaimed, best-selling book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.


This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

Thursday October 19th at 5:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 2075

Bayoumi will discuss what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect that surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people hold. Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present.  This Muslim American Life was awarded the 2016 Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Arab American Book Award.

Sponsored by the Islam in the American Public Sphere seminar

Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) Film Screening

photo from the film showing a valley and indigenious peoples homes

Monday October 23rd 6:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

The water-rich highlands of the Colombian Páramo de Santurbán are nearly pristine, evidently preserved by the traditional mining communities inhabiting the region. The delicate balance maintained between economic needs, exploitable natural resources, and environmental protection has recently been disrupted by the arrival of foreign large-scale mining companies. Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) transports its audiences to this remote region of Colombia in order to provide complex insights into the conflicts between local people, foreign companies, and environmentalists over the proper use of Colombia’s natural treasures.

Economic Activity and Human Well-Being: The Impact of development on the poor

lecture by Professor Christina Ochoa discussion following the film (7 PM)

Executive Producer and Director Ochoa will talk about Economic Activity and Human Well-Being's Impact on indigenous people following the film's screening. 

Food provided.

Hosted by the Economic Justice and Inclusive Markets: The Ethics of Doing Business with the Poor seminar series

Carla L. Petersonphoto of carla peterson

Professor of English, University of MD, College Park

Struggling for Racial Equality: African American Literacy and Political Activism in the Antebellum North

Wednesday Nov. 1st 7:00-8:00 PM

IPFW campus, Neff Hall, Room 101

Professor Peterson will discuss the importance of literacy and education among black communities in the antebellum North (specifically in New York and Philadelphia), the books housed in school and literary society libraries--science, literature, philosophy (particularly Scottish Enlightenment)--and what this reading meant in terms of cultural, social, and political orientation and values.  This body of knowledge empowered black leaders in their fight for racial equality, most predictably in their political activism but also in literary production.

Hosted by the Moral Thinking in Artworks of Economic Success and Economic Failure seminar

Leah Gunning Francisphoto of leah gunning francis smiliing

Vice President Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology at Christian Theological Seminary

From Ferguson to Charlottesville: Standing at the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Thursday Nov. 2nd at 4:30 PM

IUPUI Multicultural Center, UC 104

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists while she was a seminary professor in St. Louis. Her book, Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community, is based on interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and movement organizers. It takes us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Dr. Francis will discuss her book and the continuing relevance of the lessons that can be learned from Ferguson.

Co-hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center, the IUPUI Africana Studies Program, and the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

Spiritual Practices, Sustainable Choicesphoto of the education and arts building at IU south bend

Fr. Terry Ehrman

Asst Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach, University of ND

Krista Bailey

Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, IU South Bend

Wednesday, Nov 8th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Education and Arts building, 1011


photo of two children outside testing soil

Engaging Youth Leaders and Community Science to Confront Environmental Injustice

Friday Nov. 10th 1:30-3:30 PM

IUPUI, Campus Center, Room 405

This spring, the Bantz Fellowship provided funding for a yearlong collaborative project to engage with community-based organizations. With this support, we created the Healthy Cities Project, with a purpose to develop youth leadership skills for social and environmental good, and evaluate the risks of lead contamination in urban soils.

Our partnership is between IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health, Kheprw Institute, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and Groundwork Indy. Environmental Justice (EJ) youth leaders guide the soil sampling collection plan to test for lead, and are the “boots on the ground” spokespeople within each organization. Join us to hear stories, successes, and challenges of the project. We will guide a conversation about how environmental justice relates to our goal of using local knowledge and citizen science to work together to identify and eliminate environmental risks in Indianapolis neighborhoods. 

Hosted by the Environmental Justice seminar series

Perspectives of Specific Religions

Thursday Nov. 16th 6:00-8:00 PM

Woody's Library Restaurant

40 E Main Street Carmel, IN

This fifth meeting of the Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics seminar will discuss:

  • While every faith has beliefs about health and healthcare, some faiths require or forbid certain interventions that are common or widely accepted in US healthcare.
  • Orthodox Judaism and withdrawal of life sustaining treatments; Jehovah’s witnesses and blood transfusions; Catholics and birth control.

Dinner and books provided.  Please RSVP to Sarah Rush (



They will run Fall 2017 through Spring 2018

The Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Children's Literature

Heather Blair; Religious Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; Bloomington;

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre; English; School of Humanities and Social Sciences; IU East;

Information, Ethics, and Sociocultural Values

Ronald Day; Information and Library Science; School of Informatics and Computing; Bloomington;

Nazareth Pantaloni III; Scholarly Communication Department; Indiana University Libraries; Bloomington;

The Environment and Society: Ethical Foundations for a Sustainable Future

Zachary Schrank; Sociology and Anthropology; IU South Bend;

April Lidinsky; Women's and Gender Studies; IU South Bend;

*Fall event details coming soon!*

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ANNOUNCING 2017 Religion and Ethics Seminars

Economic justice and inclusive markets: The ethics of doing business with the poor

Kelly R Eskew; Business Law and Ethics; Kelley School of Business;

Philip T. Powell, PhD; Business Economics; Kelley School of Business;

Environmental Justice

Gabriel Filippelli; Professor of Earth Sciences; School of Science;

Carlton M Waterhouse; Professor of Law; McKinney School of Law;

Islam in the American Public Sphere

Asma Afsaruddin; Near Eastern Languages & Cultures; School of Global and International Studies;


Abdulkader Sinno; Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures;

College of Arts and Sciences; Bloomington;

Moral Thinking in Artworks of Economic Success and Economic Failure

Stephen Buttes; International Language and Culture Studies; College of Arts and Sciences;

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne;

Andrew Kopec; Department of English and Linguistics; College of Arts and Sciences;

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne;

Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics

Amber Comer; Assistant Professor IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences;

Department of Health Sciences; IUPUI;

Alexia Torke; Associate Professor Department of Medicine; IU School of Medicine;


The Ethics, Values and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts

Jason M. Kelly; History/Arts & Humanities Institute; School of Liberal Arts;


Pamela Napier; Visual Communication Design Department; Herron School of Art;