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.





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Aaron Seybert

Social Investment Officer, Kresge Foundation


Wednesday Sept. 19th at 7 PM

Bloomington campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

Pizza provided while it lasts


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



Fil Menczer photo of fil menczer

Computer Science and Informatics, IU Bloomington


5 Reasons Why Social Networks Make us Vulnerable to Misinformation

Tuesday Sept. 25th at 12 PM

Bloomington campus, Woodburn Hall, SSRC/200

As social media become major channels for the diffusion of news and information, it becomes critical to understand how the complex interplay between cognitive, social, and algorithmic biases triggered by our reliance on social networks makes us vulnerable to misinformation. This talk overviews ongoing network analytics, modeling, and machine learning efforts to study the viral spread of misinformation and to develop tools for countering the online manipulation of opinions.


Hosted by the Ethics in the Information Age series



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Andrew Whitehead

Sociology, Clemson University


Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States

Friday October 5th 10:30 AM

IUPUI campus, CE building, room 305

In order to understand the societal implications of religion, we must account for the degree to which Americans imagine a central role for religion―Christianity in particular―in the public sphere, and how that vision shapes their values, group boundaries, moral certitude, and subsequent decisions. Drawing on a variety of data sources, I will show that the extent to which Americans envision Christianity as infusing all aspects of American culture and social life helps explain the polarization we see across many social issues. In addition to investigating the effects of Christian nationalism, I will also explore the social contours of Christian nationalism and demonstrate that Americans fall into one of four basic groups: Ambassadors, Accommodators, Resisters, and Rejecters. Finally, I will demonstrate why public expressions of religion, like Christian nationalism, are something altogether different from personal piety. To make sense of our current social and political climate and find a way forward together, social scientists, religious leaders, engaged citizens, and policy makers must attend to the degree to which their fellow Americans embrace Christian nationalism.

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Hosted by CSRES and the Center for Religion & American Culture



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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



Community Investment and Engagementphoto of dimitrios Efstathiou

- A Conversation with Major League Soccer

Dimitrios Efstathiou

Senior Vice President, Player Relations & Competition


Thursday April 26th 7:00-8:00 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1059

Dimitrios Efstathiou is Senior Vice President at Major League Soccer, where he oversees player acquisition and club roster management, ensuring compliance with League rules and regulations. He also assists in the management of MLS relationships with other professional soccer leagues and national federations.

Dimitrios began his career with MLS in the Business & Legal Affairs Department, where he advised on a wide array of commercial and legal matters. Prior to joining the League, Dimitrios was in-house counsel at EFG Private Bank in London and an associate at Allen & Overy with the firm’s U.S. Corporate and Capital Markets practice.  Dimitrios also serves on the Board of FC Harlem, a New York City urban soccer academy and leadership program. 

Dimitrios is a graduate of Vassar College, and subsequently received his JD from Harvard Law School and his master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.  

*Food provided





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