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.







Sharing Values with Children through Books:      photo of claudia mills holding up her book

The Dilemma of Didacticism

Claudia Mills           

Philosophy Associate Professor Emerita at University of Colorado Boulder,

Children's author


Wednesday March 28th 4:00-5:30 PM

IUPUI, Cavanauagh Hall, 438

Claudia Mills holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and an M.L.S. degree (with a concentration in children’s literature) from the University of Maryland. She is Associate Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as serving on the faculty in the Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. The author of almost 60 books for young readers, most recently Write This Down (Farrar) and The Trouble with Babies (Knopf), she has also published articles on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Maud Hart Lovelace, Betty MacDonald, Rosamond du Jardin, and Eleanor Estes. Her edited collection, Ethics and Children’s Literature (2014, Ashgate), won the Best Edited Book Award from the Children’s Literature Association(see her author page for more information).


Hosted by the Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Childrens Literature seminar



Recreating Cities for Sustainable Living

Sam Centellas

Director, La Casa de Amistad

Santi Garces

Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend, Indiana


Moderator: Mike Keen, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Our speakers will put their engineering and political communication skills to work as they discuss ways they both work to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and resiliency. 





How does it feel to be a problem? Du Bois, Black Moralism, and Secular Struggle for Change

Dr. Anthony B. Pinn


Thursday March 29th 6:00-8:00 PM

School of Informatics and Computing, Room (IT) 152
Dr. Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University. Dr. Pinn is the founding director of Rice’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL). In addition, he is Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC). His research interests include religion and culture; humanism; African American religious thought, religion and embodiment, and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books. 
Hosted by Secular Humanism Studies; Department of Philosophy; The Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts; and Department of Religious Studies



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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