Religion and the Public University Collaborative

Religion and Public University Collaborative

The Religion and the Public University Collaborative (RPUC), hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, uses the tools of academic research and knowledge production to address questions and issues that arise at the intersections of religious freedom, academic freedom, and church-state separation on this and other public university campuses.

Members of the RPUC meet regularly to discuss ideas and readings on the above-mentioned topics, organize conversations across university communities, and develop events related to religion and the public university.

April 9, 2021 — Religion, Public Education, and Diversity: A Pre-Conference Colloquium
The RPUC will sponsor a colloquium on issues related to religion and public universities in conjunction with the 2021 spring meeting of the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion. The colloquium will be held on April 9 (preceding the conference on April 10).
November 6, 2020 — The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education
For decades the secularization narrative dominated discussions of religion on campus. While capturing important trends, it underestimated the resilience of religion in higher education. Reflecting the diversity of American religious life, today’s university is a spiritual marketplace, where sacred and secular cross paths on the campus green. Drawing on their recent book, John Schmalzbauer (Missouri State U) and Kathleen Mahoney (GHR Foundation) will provide an overview of the changing role of religion in student life.
April 2020 — RPUC renewal by IAS 
RPUC has been renewed for the 2020-21 academic year by the Institute for Advanced Study.
January 2020 — RPUC receives IDEA grant
Faculty in the Religious Studies Program have received a Faculty Driven Initiative Award from the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) to augment the work of the Religion and the Public University Collaborative, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study. 
October 28, 2019 — RPUC in the Minnesota Daily
Researchers explore why religion is lacking in “broad conversations” at UMN.

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