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





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Dr. Krista Brucker; Director, Project Point, Eskenazi Hospital and Dept. of Emergency Medicine, IU School of Medicine


Thursday March 21st 5:00-6:30 PM

North United Methodist Church; 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Project POINT has helped hundreds of Hoosiers with substance use disorder maintain HIP-Plus eligibility and connect to an array of treatment and social services supporting holistic health.  This session will discuss the challenges of health and health care access for this population and the role of recovery coaches, wrap-around services, and HIP as key supports.

register/add to calendar here.


Hosted by HIP: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community seminar series



Introduction to Philanthropy and Public Good seminar


Thursday March 21st 12:00-1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus, University Library, Ashby Browsing Room

Please RSVP to David King ( so reading materials can be provided (Bruce Sievers’ article, “Philanthropy’s Role in Liberal Democracy,”).  Lunch will be served.


 Hosted by Philanthropy and Public Good seminar



The Struggle for Normal Life in Gaza

Sari Bashi, Yale Law School


Tuesday March 26th 5:30 PM

IU Bloomington, Global & International Studies Building, 0001

Sari Bashi is the Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School. She writes and lectures on international humanitarian law and Israeli policy toward the occupied Palestinian territories.  Bashi was the Israel/Palestine Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch. She also co-founded and directed (2005-2014) the Israeli human rights group Gisha.  She was a Fulbright scholar and received fellowships from Yale Law School and the Echoing Green Foundation, and has taught international law at Tel Aviv University. She clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court and is a licensed attorney in Israel and New York. Prior to studying law, Bashi worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press. She has a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale.


Co-hosted by Organized by the Middle East Conflict and Reform Lecture Series and supported by the IU Maurer School of Law, Department of Political Science, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Islamic Studies Program, and Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society



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Alyssa Rockenbach Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University


Friday April 5th at 12:00-1:00 PM

IUPUI campus, University Library, Lilly Auditorium

The imperative to foster understanding and good will among emerging adults of different perspectives and walks of life is more pressing than ever as cultural, ideological, and religious conflicts divide and erode communities around the world. Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to have a transforming influence on the diversity attitudes and behaviors of the students they serve. This presentation introduces findings from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a national study aimed at identifying the high-impact practices most conducive to students’ interfaith learning and development. Informed by data collected from more than 7,000 first-year students attending 122 diverse colleges and universities, the presentation addresses a critical question: In an era of intensified religious, ideological, and political conflict, how might higher education institutions inspire students’ commitment to cooperation across difference?

Light lunch and refreshments to follow

Optional registration here


Hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society



Announcing new Religion & Ethics seminars


HIP 2.0: Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community

This seminar investigates the expansion of Indiana Medicaid in 2015 under the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0. Proponents of the plan stress the personal responsibility built into this consumer-directed health plan. Critics argue that eligibility requirements frustrate people's access to quality, continuous care. This seminar explores the ethics of HIP 2.0.


Amber Comer Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IUPUI
David Craig Religious Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI


Sustainable Leadership and Governance

Business sustainability is an example of ethics in action. This seminar explores approaches to sustainability that contemporary firms are adopting.


Julie Manning Magid Business Law, Kelley School of Business, IUPUI
Kelly Eskew Business Law & Ethics, Kelley School of Business, IU-Bloomington
Steven Kreft Business Economics & Public Policy, Kelley School of Business, IU-Bloomington


Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in the African American Christian Community


When it comes to religion and politics in contemporary America, most of the attention is devoted to white Christians, particularly evangelicals. Drawing on insights from both the humanities and social sciences, this seminar shifts the lens to illuminate how African Americans experience and engage religion and politics.


Joseph Tucker Edmonds Religious Studies and Africana Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI
Amanda Friesen Political Science, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI


Renewed Seminars


Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature (previously named The Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Children's Literature)


Heather Blair Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Bloomington

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

Megan Musgrave English, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI



Announcing new Religion & Ethics seminars

Set to run in 2018

Global and Comparative Approaches to Religion, Ethics, and Political Theory

This seminar will explore the overlapping intellectual goals of comparative religious ethics and global or comparatively oriented political theory, much of which is based in religious thinking about politics and justice.  These two fields are both combinations of descriptive and normative analysis, frequently drawing on religious as well as philosophical thinking about fundamental issues of human social order.

Aaron StalnakerReligious Studies; College of Arts and Sciences;

Hussein BanaiInternational Studies; School of Global International Studies;

Mounds of the Midwest

This seminar investigates how religious ideas have shaped attitudes to the natural environment by focusing on the Mounds of the Midwest.  It will examine the meanings and burial practices of the early Native American peoples, highlight the history of these indigenous groups, and explore the multiple meanings of the Mounds today as revealed in contemporary governmental policies and the American public educational system. The goal is to create critical conversation around environmental ethics and the complex intersections of state power and religion.

Charmayne Champion-ShawNative American Indigenous Studies; School of Liberal Arts;

Kelly HayesReligious Studies; School of Liberal Arts;


Renewed Religion & Ethics seminars

Continuing through 2018


Economic Justice: The Ethics of Doing Business with the Poor

Islam in the Global Sphere (previously themed Islam in the American Public Sphere)

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