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.


photo of Amanda FriesenAmanda Friesen; Political Science, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI,



photo of joseph tucker edmondsJoseph L. Tucker Edmonds; Religious Studies and Africana Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI,




Upcoming Events:


All the Moving Partsphoto of Jennifer Guiliano

How to launch, coordinate and finish inter-disciplinary projects with multiple scholars and sites

Jennifer Guiliano; History, Co-director Humanities Intensive Teaching+Learning Initiative, IUPUI


Friday Feb. 8th 12:30 - 2:00 PM

IUPUI Campus, Cavanaugh Hall, Room 508

This workshop will focus on how to integrate social science and humanities scholarship in the process of generating a large-scale project.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nate Wynne by Feb. 4. 



Gender, Race, and Religion

Amanda Friesen; Political Science, IUPUI


Amanda Friesen will present her research and lead a discussion on how African-American women upend the extant theories that posit risk-aversion drives women into the pews but away from politics. 


Jennifer Thorington-Springer, Associate Professor of English and Director of IUPUI RISE Initiative;

Elizabeth Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Northwest;

Amrita Myers, History and Gender Studies, IU Bloomington. 

Pastor Shannon Walker Dycus, Pastor of the First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis


Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal Bishop of Indianapolis 


***Date and Time TBD



Inter-Racial and Non-Christian Movements across Religion and Politics



IndyCANN, Spirit and Place, Immigrant Welcome Center

Facilitator: Dwayne Royster, National Political Director of PICO (which is the parent organization for IndyCANN).


****Date and Time TBD


Community Organizing Across Generations


Tuesday December 4th 10:30-12 

Indy 10 Black Lives Matter chapter, 10-Point Coalition, and Concerned Clergy, part of the Bienniel Bulen Symposium

RSVP here

Hosted by the Those Who Know the Trouble I've Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in African- American Christian Communities seminar



Darren Davisphoto of darren davis

Political Science, University of Notre Dame


Studying Black Catholics: Testing My Patience, Faith, and Community

Thursday September 27th 6:00 PM

Holy Angels Catholic Church

740 W 28th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Despite a history of conflict and racial marginalization in the Church, Black Catholics are among the most engaged and religious groups. Black Catholics have had to struggle to be recognized as authentic Catholics. Based on his book, Perseverance in the Parish? Religious Attitudes From A Black Catholic Perspective, Dr. Davis will highlight the important findings and examine the challenges involved in researching and writing about Black Catholics.



Colloquium on Humanities and Social Science Approaches to Race, Religion, and Politics


Wednesday October 10th

IAHI offices

More details TBD