Upcoming Events:




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Economic Justice and Doing Business with the Poor: The Cummins Experience

Mark Sifferlen

Cummins' Vice President of Ethics & Compliance


Monday February 19th 7:00 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 1059

You are invited to hear Mark Sifferlen, Cummins' VP of Ethics and Compliance talk about his experiences at the Fortune 500 Company.  Open to the public; Food will be provided.


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



Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youths in a Time of Possibility

Nur Amali Ibrahim

Religious Studies, International Studies, IU Bloomington


Thursday Feb. 22nd 4:00-5:30 PM

IU Bloomington Campus, GA Building, Room 2134

Faculty seminar with Nur Amali Ibrahim, who will discuss his book manuscript in progress.

This book is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts. To cultivate piety, young Indonesians are drawing from accounting, auditing, self-help, and other methods originating from the business world, as well as reading Islamic scriptures alongside the western human sciences, from John Locke’s treatises to the writings of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Clifford Geertz.  The Indonesian case study, which occurs in a heightened and volatile political context, brings into sharper relief processes that are happening in ordinary Muslim life everywhere. In the contemporary political discourse where Muslims are often portrayed as uncompromising and adversarial to the West and where bans and walls are deemed necessary to keep them out, this story about flexible and creative Muslims is an important one to tell.


Hosted by the Islam in the Global Sphere seminar



Reading Group in Comparative Political Theory and Ethics


Friday February 23rd 1:00-2:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Global Affairs Building, Room 1023


Hosted by the Global and Comparative Approaches to Religion, Ethics, and Political Theory seminar



Conserving Consumption: Sustainable Business Models that Work

Shaun Maeyens

Zen Cafe

Becky Reimbold

Proprietor, Just Goods


Moderator: Harry Vasilopoulos

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

IU South Bend, Wiekamp Hall, 1001

Learn how local business people in South Bend incorporate social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency to promote prosperity.





Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPHphoto of tracy balboni smiling

Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School


State of Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care

Thursday March 1st 12:00-1:00 PM
IUPUI, IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall Auditorium
Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation oncology needs of cancer patients. Dr. Balboni provides leadership to the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard University. Her primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of life-threatening illness. Her work also includes forging improved dialogue between academic theology, religious communities, and the field of medicine.
Parking: Entrance to garage located at 358 W. 15th Street
Parking is charged at an hourly rate.
**Please note, lunch will not be provided.
You are welcome to bring your lunch & eat during the presentation.**


Sponsored by: The Daniel F. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare, IUPUI RESPECT Center 



shows intersection of church and state streetsReligious Freedom and Minority Religions


The second forum in the Religious Freedom Forum series will feature representatives of minority religions in a conversation about the virtues and limits of religious freedom.

Tuesday March 6th 5:30 PM

Indianapolis Arts Garden

924 N Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204


The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is organizing three public forums this spring on issues pertaining to religious freedom and religious expression in Indiana. The Consortium is co-sponsoring this series.


Hosted by the Center for Religion & American Culture and CSRES



Community Voices and Public Art                        black and white photo of gothic spires

Reading Group 

Wednesday March 7th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

  • Duncum, Paul. “Engaging Public Space: Art Education Pedagogies for Social Justice.” Equity & Excellence in Education 44, no. 3 (2011): 348–63. 
  • Graham, Janna. “‘A Strong Curatorial Vision for the Neighbourhood’: Countering the Diplomatic Condition of the Arts in Urban Neighbourhoods.” Art & the Public Sphere 6, no. 1/2 (2017): 33–49. 
  • Mejean, Suzanne. Noah Purifoy. Artbound, 2015.

Register here.

Hosted by the The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar 



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Anthony Tirado Chase

Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College


Friday March 16th 1:00-2:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Global Affairs Building, Room 1023

Professor Chase is a theoretician of human rights, most often in the context of the Middle East. His current projects include Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2017); “Setting the Scene: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Human Rights” in The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Engagements with Human Rights (U Penn Press, forthcoming); and a research project on interdisciplinary approaches to human rights theorizing.





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. 




Against Liberalism: Islamic Constitutionalist Thought in Modern Iran

Hussein Banai

International Studies, IUB

Friday March 30th 12:00-1:30 PM

IU Bloomington, GA Building, Room 3134

Faculty seminar with Hussein Banai, assistant professor of International Studies, who will discuss his book manuscript in progress.

This paper examines the decline and fall of liberal constitutionalism in Iran – a process begun in the late 19th century and definitively halted by the advent of the Islamic Republic in 1979 – in relation to the rise of its Islamic analogue in the same period. In particular, it demonstrates the interaction and mutual influence of liberal and Islamic constitutional thought upon one another, resulting in constitutional forms that are at once rights-based and non-representative. A work of comparative political thought, this paper offers a contextual reading of constitutional debates between Islamic jurists and their liberal interlocutors that go beyond abstract and binary considerations of these ideologies in recent theoretical accounts.


Hosted by the Islam in the Global Sphere seminar

Mohican Songs of the Spirit featuring Bill Millerphoto of bill miller leaning against brick wall with guitar looking down

Panel Discussion and Concert

Thursday April 5th 7:00 PM

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Clowes Court
500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN  46204
*No Admission Fee

Mohican Songs of the Spirit is a mash up of hymn sing, jam session, homecoming, discussion, and reunion.  

In the early 1800s, the Stockbridge Mohicans accepted the invitation of Miami Indians to settle in what is now Indiana but were soon displaced by waves of white settlers. This richly collaborative event among scholars, tribal members, and musicians is a celebration and revival of Mohican language, song, and culture. It is both a homecoming and remembrance of displacement that will highlight the history of the Mohican people—and the work done to preserve this history—with a short panel discussion followed by a performance by Grammy-winning Stockbridge Mohican artist and musician Bill Miller. Miller’s soulful music has moved audiences for decades, most recently with his tracks for the album Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. During Mohican Songs of the Spirit, Miller will debut new music set to hymn lyrics written in the Mohican language centuries ago by Mohicans affiliated with German missionaries.

Hosted by IUPUI Department of Religious Studies, Eiteljorg Museum, Spirit & Place, IUPUI American Indian Programs, and Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission

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Reading Group   

Monday April 16th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

Register here.

Hosted by the The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts seminar