Religion, Public Education, and Diversity: A Pre-Conference Colloquium

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April 9, 2021
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Public Policy, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology, Teaching and Learning

This one-day colloquium, held in collaboration with the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion Conference, brings together religious studies faculty and public university administrators to discuss the changing religious landscape on our campuses and institutional responses to it. 

The presence of religious on higher education campuses has undergone significant change in the 21st century as our student, faculty, and staff populations have become more religiously diverse and as the historical predominance of Christianity has shrunk.  At the same time, the claiming of person and group identity as a means of empowerment has grown, and religious (and non-religious) identity is afforded increasing significance in the intersectional lives of our community members.  As various groups (religious, spiritual, non- or anti-religious) struggle for acknowledgement, understanding, and accommodation, the institutional stakes involved in addressing the role of religion are rising.  

This colloquium brings together faculty and administrators from several midwest public unitversities to discuss the changing role of religion.  Formatted as an online colloqium, this event welcomes our audience members as participants in these conversations. 

A full schedule and zoom registration information is available on our website. This event is free. 

Contact Info: 

Jeanne H. Kilde, Religious Studies Program, University of Minnesota


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