The Religion and Ethics Seminars

Sponsored by the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society


Spring-Fall 2018

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society is dedicated to connecting faculty, incubating research and creative activity, and promoting the awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics, and values.

The Religion and Ethics Seminars are faculty-led, year-long seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, morality, and values.  We have concluded accepting proposals for new seminars to run Spring 2018 through Fall 2018. The application deadline was October 15, 2017. Information about current Religion and Ethics Seminars can be found under the Current Seminars tab on the left-hand side of the page.

This funding cycle, in connection with our RRRIJ initiative,  we are particularly interested in receiving proposals for seminars on topics related to race and ethnicity—e.g., such as those addresssing inclusion/exclusion, justice, rights and citizenship, immigration, social mobility, or equality. Beyond this, we maintain our interest in seminars on a variety of topics related to religion, ethics, and values in society. 

Please submit your proposals here.

The Religion and Ethics Seminars

Key Elements

  • There will be multiple topical seminars running concurrently within the IU system.
  • Each seminar is co-led by two faculty members from different departments, units, or campuses within the IU system. Seminar participants may include other faculty members, students, or community members. They are intended to be interdisciplinary.
  • Each seminar addresses a topic of shared concern related to religion, ethics, or values. Examples of our currently funded Seminars are religion and medical decision-making, environmental ethics and local action, Islam in the public sphere, global business ethics, art and the public good or moral thinking in economically charged artworks.
  • Seminars meet six times over two concurrent semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall)
  • Seminars may be organized toward objectives relating to research, collaboration, practical problem solving, creative activity, teaching, and/or public outreach. Proposals for a seminar should describe the topic, goals, activities, potential participants, and views of success.


  • Each faculty co-leader receives $1000 of discretionary funds in their research account to recognize their organizational contribution to the seminar. (Faculty co-leaders outside IU administrative systems, such as those at IPFW, will receive direct payments.)
  • Seminars receive a commitment of $2000 to cover operating expenses, including hospitality, support for outside speakers, and/or logistics. Receipts for expenses will be submitted for reimbursement.
  • Additional funding may be requested for specific activities.

Assessment and Renewal

  • We ask that your seminar submit an end of cycle report and self assessment.
  • Successful seminars will be eligible for renewal.


The application deadline for the Spring 2018-Fall 2018 funding cycle was October 15th 2017.

Application Process

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Seminar title.
  • Faculty co-leaders. For each leader, include information about department, school, and campus along with a brief biographical sketch.
  • Seminar description. Describe the topic of the seminar, highlight how the topic is connected to religion and/or ethics, and how those connections will be engaged in the seminar.
  • Seminar activities and objectives. Describe the seminar's objectives and how the projected seminar's activities will relate to those larger objectives. (Note that the six seminar meetings need not all be of the same type.)
  • Seminar success. Describe how the success of the seminar will be evaluated in the eyes of the leaders.
  • Anticipated participants. For illustrative purposes, list some names and/or types of anticipated participants, including university-affiliated participants, community participants, and outside speakers/panelists, where relevant.

Please direct questions to Brian Steensland, Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (