Spring 2014: God and the University

Religion in Higher Education

Early universities within the United States were largely established to advance the ideals of liberal education within a religious moral framework.  In the last century, however, the academy has become widely ambivalent about the place of "God" in the broader discourse of a university. This quarter's lecture series will ask why, as we consider the role of religion within higher education in the United States.

  • The Fragility of Faith

    The Fragility of Faith

    How Can a Thinking Person Still Believe in God?

    McCarthy considers the role of "God" at academic institutions.

  • Containment or Engagement? The Shifting Role of Religion in Higher Education

    Containment or Engagement? The Shifting Role of Religion in Higher Education

    Panel featuring Julie Reuben, Jake Jacobsen, & Rhonda Hustedt discuss the impact of educational reforms on university religious engagement and the increasing importance of such engagement.

  • What Good is God outside of Religious Studies?

    What Good is God outside of Religious Studies?

    Interdisciplinary Reflections on the God-Question

    Panel featuring Brian Buckley, Kristin Kusanovich, Leilani Miller, & Tom Plante considering the question of "What good is God" from the perspective of their fields.

  • What Good Is God for Grief and Loss?

    What Good Is God for Grief and Loss?

    Psychology Meets Philosophy: An Interdisciplinary Research Study

    This presentation considers the role of religious belief on experiences of loss and death anxiety.

  • Encountering God within the Ignatian Tradition

    Encountering God within the Ignatian Tradition

    This retreat offers faculty and staff an opportunity for personal prayer and reflection as we begin the summer months.

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