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Perspectives of Specific Religions



Jason Eberl

Catholics Bioethics



Thursday Nov. 16th 6:00-8:00 PM

Woody's Library Restaurant

40 E Main Street Carmel, IN

This fifth meeting of the Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics seminar will discuss:

  • While every faith has beliefs about health and healthcare, some faiths require or forbid certain interventions that are common or widely accepted in US healthcare.
  • Orthodox Judaism and withdrawal of life sustaining treatments; Jehovah’s witnesses and blood transfusions; Catholics and birth control.



Hosted by the RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, HEALTHCARE, AND ETHICS seminar series






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Engaging Youth Leaders and Community Science to Confront Environmental Injustice



Friday Nov. 10th 1:30-3:30 PM

IUPUI, Campus Center, Room 405

This spring, the Bantz Fellowship provided funding for a yearlong collaborative project to engage with community-based organizations. With this support, we created the Healthy Cities Project, with a purpose to develop youth leadership skills for social and environmental good, and evaluate the risks of lead contamination in urban soils.

Our partnership is between IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health, Kheprw Institute, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and Groundwork Indy. Environmental Justice (EJ) youth leaders guide the soil sampling collection plan to test for lead, and are the “boots on the ground” spokespeople within each organization. Join us to hear stories, successes, and challenges of the project. We will guide a conversation about how environmental justice relates to our goal of using local knowledge and citizen science to work together to identify and eliminate environmental risks in Indianapolis neighborhoods. 



Hosted by the ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE seminar series






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Chilean Computational Forensics in Victim Identification

Professor Eden Medina

Dept. of Informatics, SICE



Friday Nov. 10th 2 pm

IU Bloomington Campus, Wells Library, Room 030

This meeting will examine issues of documentary authenticity and evidence in archival, sociocultural, and scientific institutions. We will examine various bases of evidence creation and the important roles and controversies of institutions in creating knowledge out of such information by such means. 



Hosted by the INFORMATION, ETHICS, AND SOCIOCULTURAL VALUES seminar






Spiritual Practices, Sustainable Choicesphoto of the education and arts building at IU south bend

Fr. Terry Ehrman

Asst Director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach, University of ND

Krista Bailey

Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, IU South Bend



Wednesday, Nov 8th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU South Bend, Education and Arts building, 1011



Hosted by THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE seminar series






Leah Gunning Francisphoto of leah gunning francis smiliing

Vice President Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology at Christian Theological Seminary



From Ferguson to Charlottesville: Standing at the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Thursday Nov. 2nd at 4:30 PM

IUPUI Multicultural Center, UC 104

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists while she was a seminary professor in St. Louis. Her book, Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community, is based on interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and movement organizers. It takes us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Dr. Francis will discuss her book and the continuing relevance of the lessons that can be learned from Ferguson.



Co-hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center, the IUPUI Africana Studies Program, and the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society






 



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Professor of English, University of MD, College Park



Struggling for Racial Equality: African American Literacy and Political Activism in the Antebellum North

Wednesday Nov. 1st 7:00-8:00 PM

IPFW campus, Neff Hall, Room 101

Professor Peterson will discuss the importance of literacy and education among black communities in the antebellum North (specifically in New York and Philadelphia), the books housed in school and literary society libraries--science, literature, philosophy (particularly Scottish Enlightenment)--and what this reading meant in terms of cultural, social, and political orientation and values.  This body of knowledge empowered black leaders in their fight for racial equality, most predictably in their political activism but also in literary production.



Hosted by the MORAL THINKING IN ARTWORKS OF ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND ECONOMIC FAILURE seminar








Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) Film Screening

photo from the film showing a valley and indigenious peoples homes



Monday October 23rd 6:00 PM



IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1000

The water-rich highlands of the Colombian Páramo de Santurbán are nearly pristine, evidently preserved by the traditional mining communities inhabiting the region. The delicate balance maintained between economic needs, exploitable natural resources, and environmental protection has recently been disrupted by the arrival of foreign large-scale mining companies. Otra Cosa No Hay (There is Nothing Else) transports its audiences to this remote region of Colombia in order to provide complex insights into the conflicts between local people, foreign companies, and environmentalists over the proper use of Colombia’s natural treasures.



Economic Activity and Human Well-Being: The Impact of development on the poor

lecture by Professor Christina Ochoa discussion following the film (7 PM)

Executive Producer and Director Ochoa will talk about Economic Activity and Human Well-Being's Impact on indigenous people following the film's screening. 

Food provided.



Hosted by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS: THE ETHICS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE POOR seminar series








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Moustafa Bayoumi

Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Columnist for The Guardian



How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America

Thursday October 19th from 2:30-3:45 PM

Bloomington campus, Woodburn Hall, Room 104

Faculty and student discussion with Professor Moustafa Bayoumi regarding his highly-acclaimed, best-selling book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.

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This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

Thursday October 19th at 5:30 PM

Bloomington Campus, Hodge Hall, Room 2075

Bayoumi will discuss what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect that surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people hold. Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present.  This Muslim American Life was awarded the 2016 Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Arab American Book Award.



Sponsored by the ISLAM IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SPHERE seminar






Impact Investingphoto of a building on IU Bloomington's campus called Hodge Hall

John Duong

Lumina Foundations' Director of Lumina Impact Ventures

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Lumina Foundations' Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer



Monday October 16th 7 PM

IU Bloomington, Hodge Hall, Room 1046

Co-sponsored by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS: THE ETHICS OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE POOR seminar series & NetImpact, and the Trockman Microfinance Initiative student groups.






Neal Thomas

Professor of Communication, University of North Carolina



Future Collectivity and the Graph Relation



Friday October 13th at 2:00 PM

Bloomington Campus, Dept of Information and Library Science, Wells Library, 030

The second meeting will focus the preceding issues within the roles of traditional documentary technologies and new media, per se, to create meaning, identity, social and cultural agency, and ethical choice and determination. Central to such a discussion are the roles of computerization and computer algorithms, indexes, and searching.



Co-Hosted by the INFORMATION, ETHICS, AND SOCIOCULTURAL VALUES seminar, the Information and Library Science Colloquium and the RKSCI








Emergent Best Practices in Public Art and Designphoto of orange and white futuristic designs

Richard McCoy

Director Landmark Columbus



Tuesday October 10th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P



Hosted by the ETHICS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES OF PUBLIC ART IN URBAN CONTEXTS seminar series






JAAR Editorship Celebration for Andrea Jain
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Associate Professor, Andrea Jain IUPUI Religious Studies, has recently been appointed editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.  This is the world's most prestigious religious studies journal. Come learn how Professor Andrea Jain and the IUPUI Department of Religious Studies are shaping the world of cutting-edge research in the humanities.  

Tuesday October 10th 4:00-5:00 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Tony Sherrill Meeting Room 409

Food and refreshments served. Remarks at 4:30 pm. 

Guests from outside IUPUI, please RSVP to Department Chair David Craig (davcraig@iupui.edu)

 

Co-presented by Indiana Humanities and IUPUI's Department of Religious Studies: http://indianahumanities.org








Maurizio Ferraris

University of Turin

How to Do Things with Documents. Documentality, Documediality, and Post-Truth



Friday September 29th at 11:30 am

Bloomington Campus, Dept of Information and Library Science, Well Library, 001

Professor Ferraris will discuss information and its relation to politics and expression, in terms of media power across different types of documentary and communicational media. We will be concerned with the relation of information to knowledge, truth, and misinformation (e.g., ‘fake news’), the role of traditional and new media in mediating the creation of information, ethical and epistemic responsibility in human and technological information systems, and the changing roles of institutions and individuals to the creation and assertion of information and knowledge.



Hosted by the INFORMATION, ETHICS, AND SOCIOCULTURAL VALUES seminar series




 

The Urban Landscape as Art Spacephoto of giant art structure photo of a woman, water element

Brian Payne

President and CEO Central Indiana Community Foundation

Starla Hart

Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis



Thursday September 28th 4:00-6:00 PM

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P



Hosted by the ETHICS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES OF PUBLIC ART IN URBAN CONTEXTS seminar series






Ethics All Around Us: Current Research on 19th Century & Contemporary Experiences for Children



Tuesday September 26th 11:15AM - 1:15PM

IU Bloomington, GISB Building, Room 3067



Research Roundtable and lunch with Alisa Clapp-Itnyre (IU East, English); Megan Musgrave (IUPUI, English and Native American Studies); Rebekah Sheldon (IUB, English)



Hosted by THE ETHICAL AND RELIGIOUS DIMENSIONS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE seminar series






Clinicians and Religion

Alex Lion, MD, Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,

Indiana University and Ethics Fellow, Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics



Thursday Sept. 21st 6-8pm

Woody's Library Restaurant

40 E Main St. Carmel, IN

Dinner and books provided, please RSVP to srush7@iuhealth.org (Sarah Rush)

  • How do the belief and religious experience of clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc) affect their delivery of healthcare?
  • What role should clinician beliefs play in the refusal to participate in controversial religious practices, such as abortion or terminal sedation?



Hosted by the RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, HEALTHCARE, AND ETHICS seminar






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Systems Thinking for Prosperity on a Finite Planet

Dr. Heather Reynolds

Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington



Wednesday, Sept 13 7:-8:30 pm

IU South Bend, Education and Arts Building, 1011

Dr. Reynolds’ talk will lay out the rationale and conceptual framework for ecological economics as an essential paradigm shift for prosperity on a finite planet.  She will also discuss the need for systems thinking as an essential aspect of public literacy about sustainability.



Hosted by THE ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: ETHICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE seminar series




Professor William Maleyphoto of william maley, bald, glasses, wearing a suit

Australian National University



Afghanistan and the 'War on Terror': A Retrospective Appraisal

Monday September 11th 7:00-8:30 PM

IU Bloomington, SGIS auditorium, 0001



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Refugees and the Responsibility to Protect

Tuesday September 12th 5:00-6:30 PM

IU Bloomington, GISB, 1118

Professor William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. He is one of the world’s leading experts on Afghanistan’s conflicts and on refugee issues. He published dozens of books and articles on these topics. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and being elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He is also a Barrister of the High Court of Australia, Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, and of the International Advisory Board of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.



Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SPHERE seminar series; Pan-Asia Institute; School of Global and International Studies; Islamic Studies Program; Department of Political Science; Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Working Group on Forced Migration








Public Art, Representation, and Gentrification

Oliver Blank & Natasha Jimenez
Co-founders of Outside, a humanitarian design agency



Tuesday August 15th 4-6pm

IUPUI University Library, UL 4115P

755 W. Michigan St.



Sponsored by the THE ETHICS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES OF PUBLIC ART IN URBAN CONTEXTS seminar






Patients, Families, and Medical Decision Making

The Rev. Beth Newton Watson, M.Div., BCC

Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services at IU Health Academic Health Center and Clinical Educator in ACPE



Thursday June 22nd 6:00 -8:00 PM

  • How do religious beliefs influence major decisions, especially at the beginning and end of life?
  • How to chaplains and others provide spiritual support and/or guidance to patients and families in the healthcare setting?

Woody's Library; 40 E. Main St. Carmel IN  46032

Hosted by the RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, HEALTHCARE, AND ETHICS SEMINAR








Organizations and Religion

Steven S. Ivy

Indiana University Health Sr. Vice President for Values and Ethics

David Craig

Religious Studies; IUPUI



Thursday May 25th 6:00-8:00pm

Woody's Library; 40 E. Main St. Carmel IN  46032

Dinner and books will be provided free of charge.

RSVP to srush7@iuhealth.org by May 11 so we can mail books and plan the meal.

PLEASE PROVIDE A MAILING ADDRESS, CAMPUS OR US MAIL.

Readings:  Craig, D.M. (2014). Health care as a social good : religious values and American democracy. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.



Hosted by the RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, HEALTHCARE, AND ETHICS SEMINAR










Practice to Research: A Focus on Environmental Justice

Professor Tamara Leech

Richard G. Fairbanks School of Public Health



Tuesday May 16th 2:00-4:30 pm

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Lawrence W. Inlow Hall

3rd floor Faculty Lounge

Intended for those interested in or already involved in some community engagement or "research to practice" efforts. The presentation will inform a panel discussion and subsequent open conversation  about how environmental research fits into the movement toward Practice to Research, and how it might not. The panel will include academics and environmental professionals who have tried to implement research findings, and will ask them the provocative question "What do you think about practice to research instead?" 



Hosted by the ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SEMINAR 








HISTORIES OF PUBLIC ART AND THE COMMON GOOD



Dr. Modupe Labode

Assistant Professor of History and Museum Studies; School of Liberal Arts; IUPUI



Wednesday April 26th 4:00-6:00pm

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute University Library Room 4115P

We invite you to join us for the second meeting of The Ethics, Values, and Practices of Public Art in Urban Contexts Seminar Series. This session's topic will be "Histories of Public Art and the Common Good" and will feature guest discussant, Dr. Modupe Labode.






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URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

H. S. Banzhaf

Georgia State University



Friday April 21st 11am-2pm

IUPUI campus; Lawrence W. Inlow Hall; 3rd floor faculty lounge

Professor Banzhaf is in the Dept. of Economics at Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). 

His primary field of study is environmental policy analysis, especially related to the urban environment (such as sprawl and land use) and to issues related to energy and air pollution (including effects on ecosystems as well as urban environments). One common theme in his work is the interactions among local environmental amenities, local real estate markets, and the demographic composition of cities. For example, he has studied the way these social mechanisms interact to drive the correlations between pollution and poor households, as described by the "Environmental Justice" movement. 










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CHRISTOPHER BAIL

Sociology; Duke University

Tues. April 11th 2017 5:30pm-7pm

Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations became Mainstream

IU Bloomington; GA Building Auditorium 0001



In this talk Bail traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public, validating the views of extremists who argue that the United States is at war with Islam and marginalizing mainstream Muslim-Americans who are uniquely positioned to discredit such claims. Drawing on cultural sociology, social network theory, and social psychology, he shows how anti-Muslim organizations gained visibility in the public sphere, commandeered a sense of legitimacy, and redefined the contours of contemporary debate, shifting it ever outward toward the fringe. Bail illustrates this theoretical argument through a big-data analysis of more than one hundred organizations struggling to shape public discourse about Islam, tracing their impact on hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles, television transcripts, legislative debates, and social media messages produced since the September 11 attacks. The research also draws upon in-depth interviews with the leaders of these organizations, providing a rare look at how anti-Muslim organizations entered the American mainstream.

Hosted by the ISLAM IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SPHERE SEMINAR



Indiana Daily Student covered the lecture, find the article here.






PETER MANSEAUflyer photo for Peter Manseau lecture

Smithsonian Institution Curator of American Religious History



Fri. April 7th 2017 5:30pm

IU Bloomington; Global and International Studies Building; 0001

Keynote Speaker for Presence & Absence Conference presenting:

Throw me the Idol, I'll throw you the whip: Sacred Stories, Holy Theft and the task of the Religion Writer



Hosted by the GRADUATE RELIGIOUS STUDIES ASSOCIATION at Indiana University and co-sponsored by CSRES and other partners





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BRUNO BOSTEELS

Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University



Wed. April 5th 7:00-8:30pm

The Poverty of Literature

IPFW's campus; Neff Hall; Room 101



Bruno Bosteels is Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press, 2011), The Actuality of Communism (Verso, 2011) and Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis and Religion in Times of Terror (Verso, 2012), as well as numerous translations and dozens of articles on European philosophy, political theory and Latin American literature and culture. He has served as editor of the academic journal Diacritics. Professor Bosteels will be presenting “The Poverty of Literature,” a talk featuring new work on Mexican author Juan Rulfo’s short story collection The Burning Plain.
For more on Bosteels click here.






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Environmental Law Symposium

Protecting the Urban Environment



Fri. March 31st 8:30am-5pm

IUPUI McKinney School of Law

Wynne Courtroom and atrium, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN

Co-Sponsored by CSRES & the ROBERT H. MCKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW

Visit the ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SEMINAR page for full list of Symposium topics and speakers.

Read the Indianapolis Recorder article promoting this event.






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PHILIP T. POWELL

Kelley School of Business; IUPUI

Wed. March 29th at 7pm

Business and the Poor: The Ethics and the Economics

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050



The world's economic resources are overwhelming consolidated in business, or markets.  While governments and NGOs have a role to play in economic development and poverty alleviation, the power of business to radically transform the lives of the world's income-poor communities is exponentially greater.  The six-part seminar will start on February 8, 2017, with a discussion of the macroeconomics of inclusive markets.  This session will engage participants - faculty, community members, and students - in an interactive discussion that tells the dynamic story of how doing business in inclusive markets - with the "bottom of the pyramid" - creates shared value.

Hosted by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS SEMINAR








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Julia Muney Moore 

Indianapolis Arts Council

Meredith Brickell

DePauw University

Fiona McDonald

Indianapolis Arts & Humanities Institute



Thursday March 9th 4:00-5:30pm

IUPUI campus; University Library 4115P

Cities across the US are grappling with major transformations that expose the many tensions inherent to historical disparities in economics, education, safety, and political access brought on by inequalities based in race and class. Midwest cities have responded to these challenges with a variety of approaches. This seminar series is concerned with addressing one of them: the role of culture in reshaping cities – specifically through public art.

In the discourse and practice of urban design, public art has increasingly been seen as a key tool in redeveloping our cities – from making cities more livable and safe to encouraging economic development and educational achievement. Using art as a tool to address urban design challenges goes by a variety of different names: creative placemaking, civic art, and tactical urbanism, to name a few. These approaches are fundamentally tied to ethical frameworks and notions of value.

Hosted by THE ETHICS, VALUES, AND PRACTICES OF PUBLIC ART IN URBAN CONTEXTS SEMINAR






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WENDY CADGE

Religious Studies & Sociology; Brandeis University

Thur. March 9th 12-1pm

Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine

Regenstrief Institute; Social Hub; 1st Floor; 1101 W. 10th Street



Cadge's most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. She has published widely on related topics including medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians’ experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, the prayers people write in hospital prayer books, religion and spirituality in palliative care, and the lived experiences of nurses. Cadge also co-edited a book Religion on the Edge: Re-Centering and De-centering the Sociology of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2013) that challenges and aims to expand contemporary sociological approaches to the study of religion.

Co-hosted by The RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, HEALTHCARE AND ETHICS SEMINAR & The DANIEL F. EVANS CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS VALUES IN HEALTHCARE

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Fri. March 10th 10-11:30am 

God Around the Edges? Moral Frameworks in times of Crisis

IUPUI Campus Center Room; Boardroom 406 

Wendy will discuss her book-in-progress on religion and spirituality in public places and institutions: deep-sea ports, container ships, airports, halls of Congress. Wendy is an ethnographer who studies the intersections of religion with immigration, sexuality, and health care.

Hosted by CSRES



To visit Wendy's website click here.




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KRAIG BEYERLEIN

Sociology; University of Notre Dame

Wed. March 8th 12:00-1:00

Micro-Contextual Effects of Congregations on U.S. Residents' Civic Activity

IUPUI; University Hall; Room 1006



Turns out, who your neighbors are matters. Scholars have long looked at faith communities broadly as important predictors of giving, volunteering, and other forms of civic activity. But local contexts are underexplored. By examining the density of congregations in small geographic areas, we can make claims about the significance (or not) of congregations for promoting volunteerism and political activism, including the number of activities, amount of time, or types of activity in which residents are involved. Using emerging geo-coding methodologies in the social sciences, Beyerlein’s approach and findings break  new ground in the study of faith communities, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

Hosted by the LAKE INSTITUTE ON FAITH AND GIVING

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Wed. March 8th 3:00-4:30

Social Justice in the Desert: Faith Based Mobilizing to Save Lives Along the Arizona-Sonora Border

IUPUI Campus Center Room 305



Professor Kraig's book provides a more nuanced understanding of how congregations support social action, describing how congregations were both infrastructures and recruitment sites for life-saving efforts in the desert. Second, in contrast to extant studies that generally focus on the end-point of mobilization, it explains how the resources of congregations became activated for humanitarian efforts for undocumented border crossers through both clergy-led and laity-led processes. Because this activation was internally-driven, I provide an alternative to “co-optation” models in which religious organizations are generally viewed as passive actors that must be pulled into action by external forces.

hosted by CSRES



For more information on Kraig, click here.






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EDWARD E. CURTIS

Religious Studies; IUPUI

Wed. March 8th at 5:30pm

Muslims in the United States Military

IU Bloomington; Indiana Memorial Union in the Oak Room



A lecture by Professor Edward E. Curtis drawing from his book Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service (Indiana University Press, 2016) in which he illuminates the long history of Muslim service members who have defended their country from the War of 1812 to recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Co-hosted by the ISLAM IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SPHERE SEMINAR & IU VETERANS SUPPORT SERVICES



To learn more about Edward, click here.







TASHMIA ISMAILphoto of tashmia ismail

Gordon Institute of Business Science; University of Pretoria



Wed. March 8th 2017 at 7pm

New Markets, New Mindsets:

Wealth Creation in Poor Communities

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050



In South Africa, around 60 percent of the population is unserved or underserved by current business and many other providers of support and services. That's a significant new market, and doing business in this market can achieve a great deal more than simply finding new customer. Regardless of global trends or govnermental pressues, accessing these markets is challenging. Often customers who survive on minimal incomes seek and will value different market offering from those traditional customers have purchased. The have unique needs and identities requiring innovative, nontraditional models and approaches.

Professor Ismail will discuss pioneering business and their base of the pyramid champions, as well as theri experiement, successes, failures and best practices in creating new and sustainable markets in previously underserved communities.

Hosted by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS SEMINAR



For more information about Tashmia, click here.









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Gordon Institute of Business Science; University of Pretoria

Mon. March 6th 2017 at 7pm

Investment, Social Impact, and Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

IU Bloomington; Hodge Hall Room 1050

Over the past 15 years, many of the economies that make up sub-Saharan Africa have recorded extraordinary progress.  By way of example, the Rwandan economy has grown without interruption for more than 20 years in a row; and Angola ranked as the fastest growing economy in world over the decade to 2014.  In 2012, this led the world largest weekly printed news magazine, TIME, to describe Africa as the “world’s next economic powerhouse”.  As we head into 2017, Africa remains rich in potential and constitutes the second-fastest growing region in the world after Asia.  Yet it also is the case that Africa is complex, diverse, poorly understood and that the region remains challenged by yawning deficits inter alia in education, healthcare and infrastructure that point to the pervasive need to continue transforming socially, politically and economically.  Against this backdrop, in this lecture we will discuss the challenges and potential of the region, examine nuances that afford a better understanding of different economies and also explore investment prospects.  Arguably, the most exciting of these opportunities relate to inclusive innovation in transforming economies, such as Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, that are found across multiple industries, such as finance, education, entertainment and healthcare.  

Hosted by the ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND INCLUSIVE MARKETS SEMINAR

For more information about Adrian, click here.




Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Presidential Election

Alan Cooperman

Director of Religion Research an the Pew Research Center

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The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Muslim Question

Nader Hashemi 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver

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American Muslims constitute approximately one percent of the total population of the United States, yet their presence in the US has become a major flashpoint in the 2016 US Presidential election. How can we explain this development? Is Donald Trump responsible? Do the Republican Party and Fox News bear any responsibility for the acrimonious and polarized debate that surrounds this subject? Alternatively, are events in the Arab-Islamic world—particularly the rise and spread of ISIS—key to the story? Specifically, to what extent has the spread of radical Islamist ideology among American Muslims contributed to anti-Muslim sentiment in the US? The terrorist attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Fort Hood – perpetrated by radicalized American Muslims – would seem to suggest this is a contributing factor. This lecture seeks to answer these questions by ruminating on the “Muslim Question” in contemporary American politics with a special focus on examining the roots of Islamophobia in the US today.

To read more about Nader's work click here.

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CSRES 2016 "Wonder and the Natural World" International Conference



The CSRES 2016 "Wonder and the Natural World" International Conference will be held June 20-23, 2016, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Click here to find the "Wonder and the Natural World" Conference Website

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IU Consortium Awards Second Round of Grants for work on ‘Wonder and the Natural World’

The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society has awarded $25,000 in grants to 6 departments, research centers, and institutes from three IU campuses to support symposia, workshops, and exhibits during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The projects selected for funding align with the Consortium’s two-year theme of ‘Wonder and the Natural World.’ Read the Press Release here.

Grant Recipients

The “Wonder” of Race Science: Teaching Indiana Teachers About Nazi Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
Steven Carr, Director, The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies / Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
 
‘Miracles of Rare Device:’ Treasures of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
 Jonathan R. Eller, The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indianapolis, Indiana /  IUPUI
 
Re-reading the Book of the World: Wonder and the Orders of Nature in Medieval Literature and Culture
Shannon Gayk, Associate Professor; Patricia Ingham, Professor; Karma Lochrie, Professor
Department of English / IUB
 
Maps and Macroscopes
Lisel Record and Katy Börner
Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics and Computing  / IUB
 
The Origins of Awe and Wonder
Tom Schoenemann (Anthropology, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Colin Allen (History and Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Kevin Hunt (Anthropology, Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Kathy Schick (Stone Age Institute and Cognitive Science Program) IUB
Nick Toth (Stone Age Institute and Cognitive Science Program) IUB
 
Wonder, Birth, and Seriously Ill Children
David H. Smith, Interim Director
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions / IUB

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Please find here the grant award recipients of the first phase of the two-year thematic initiative sponsored by the IU CSRES on the theme “Wonder and the Natural World”. This phase of the initiative culminated in a "Wonder in the Natural World" Symposium on May 22, 2015 at which funding recipients, along with invited guests, presented their works-in-progress.

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Click on our symposia-conferences link for more information.