Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) is an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers from the eight campuses of Indiana University. Our mandate is to aid in the development of research to better understand religion, ethics, values, and spirituality in society.

The Consortium is pleased to announce a new initiative: The Religion and Ethics Seminars, a set of faculty-led, year-long seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, and values.

For information on the seminars, including how to submit a proposal, click here.

Announcements and Upcoming Events!

The fall speaker series on Religion politics and the presidential election

Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Presidential Election

Alan Cooperman

October 5th 1:30-2:30 IUPUI Campus Center Room 002

Alan Cooperman Director of Religion Research at Pew Research Center

What role is religion playing in the 2016 presidential election? Religious groups have often been important players in modern presidential politics, but the key groups and their impact have changed. Voting blocs that pitted Catholics against Protestants in the 1960s have shifted to pit religious conservative against religious liberals and frequent church attenders against non-attenders. In recent years, attention has focused on two groups:  evangelical Protestants and religious “nones” (those with no religious affiliation), each of whom constitute around 25 percent of the American population. Based on estimates from recent survey data, how does it appear that evangelicals and “nones” will vote? Is the “God gap” in American politics narrowing or widening? What about Catholics, Jews, and other religious groups? Who might stay home this election cycle? And how similar or different will this election be in comparison to elections in the recent past?  

Co Sponsored by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture

The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Muslim Question

October 19th 4:00-5:30 at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, IN

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Nader Hashemi
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver

American Muslims constitute approximately one percent of the total population of the United States, yet their presence in the US has become a major flashpoint in the 2016 US Presidential election. How can we explain this development? Is Donald Trump responsible? Do the Republican Party and Fox News bear any responsibility for the acrimonious and polarized debate that surrounds this subject? Alternatively, are events in the Arab-Islamic world—particularly the rise and spread of ISIS—key to the story? Specifically, to what extent has the spread of radical Islamist ideology among American Muslims contributed to anti-Muslim sentiment in the US? The terrorist attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Fort Hood – perpetrated by radicalized American Muslims – would seem to suggest this is a contributing factor. This lecture seeks to answer these questions by ruminating on the “Muslim Question” in contemporary American politics with a special focus on examining the roots of Islamophobia in the US today.