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Publishing in the Digital Humanities: A Case Studyphoto of professor kelly hayes

Kelly Hayes

Religious Studies, IUPUI


Friday Jan. 26th 12:00 - 1:30 PM

IUPUI Campus Center, Room 309

The IUPUI Religious Studies Department is hosting a public workshop for everyone interested in the Digital Humanities.  Assoc. Prof. Kelly Hayes will present photographs, video and audio from her fieldwork on the Brazilian new religious movement, the Valley of the Dawn.  An expert panel will discuss new opportunities and challenges for scholars working in digital humanities. 


Hosted by the IUPUI Religious Studies Department



Dealing with Death

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

English, IU East


Sunday Feb. 4th 2:00 PM

IU Richmond, Richmond Civic Theatre

Post-performance discussion following Stage One Youth Theatre’s production of Bridge to Terabithia, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, director

Performance at 2 pm, with discussion following


Hosted by the Religious and Ethical Dimensions of Children's Literature seminar



Hydrocarbon Spiritualities: Religion, Climate Change, and Fossil Fuels

Evan Berry

Philosophy and Religion, American University


Friday Feb. 9th 5:30 PM

IU Bloomington, Morrison Hall, Hoagy Carmichael Room

When religion and climate change are discussed together, two prominent examples typically dominate: the high rates of climate denialism among white American Evangelicals and Pope Francis’s recent encyclical about The Earth as Our Common Home. These two cases are wielded as blunt instruments in the recurring disagreements as to whether institutionalized, monotheistic religions, Christianity in particular, are “good” or “bad” for the environment. Together, Evangelical denial and Laudato Si’ hardly establish an adequate picture of the multidimensional interaction between religion and climate change. This lecture surveys the broader landscape at the intersection of religion and climate change and outlines a more multidimensional theoretical approach. Any substantive account of religion and climate change cannot attend only to the impact of theology on environmental attitudes, but must also attend to the material impact of global climate change on religious dynamics, including the political economy of fossil fuels, patterns of energy use by religious agents, and changing environmental conditions for various cultures and communities.


 Hosted by the IU Bloomington Department of Religious Studies





Religious Freedom Forum on the National and Indiana Laws

Katie Blair

Director of Advocacy, ACLU Indiana​

James Bopp

Attorney for the Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana

Beth Cate

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington

David Craig

Religious Studies, IUPUI


Thursday Feb. 15th 5:30 PM

Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis

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.

The first forum will be on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), both the national and Indiana laws.  Does the appearance of these laws suggest a conflict between liberty and equality, specifically between religious liberty and equality of access to goods and services?   If so, what do our public choices say about our culture and its ethical values?


Hosted by the Center for Religion & American Culture and CSRES



Imagining Youth/Youth Imagining: Folklore and Literature

Fernando Orejuela

Folklore, IU Bloomington

Rebekah Sheldon

English, IU Bloomington


Friday Feb. 16th 2:00-3:30 PM

IU Bloomington, Room TBA

Panel discussion of research by Fernando Orejuela (IUB, Folklore) and Rebekah Sheldon (IUB, English)

2:00–3:30 pm, with coffee, tea, and snacks





photo of Cummins logo

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



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.





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