Recent Events:

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?" 



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.

photo of mckinney inlow hall iupui


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. 

photo of 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.


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

photo of 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.

photo of mckinney school of law

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


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

Read the Indianapolis Recorder article promoting this event.

philip t powell photo


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.


WHAT IS PUBLIC ART?image of prarie modules urban context

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.


photo 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.



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.

photo 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.



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.

photo of 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.


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.


For more information about Tashmia, click here.

ADRIAN SAVILLEphoto of Adrian Saville

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.  


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

alan cooperman talks to audience member

The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Muslim Question

Nader Hashemi 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver

photo of Nader Hashemi

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.

ear of the wind

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


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


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.


Click on our symposia-conferences link for more information.