Living-Learning Center | Religious Landscape of Indiana
L210 | 1043 | Spear

What happens when Tibetans move to Indiana? Or when French Jesuits meet
Native Americans on the frontier? Or when Germans attempt to build utopia in
the Indiana wilderness? The United States is a settler society, a country
shaped by the immigration of many different people, each bringing their own
conceptions of God, sacred institutions, and community. This course
examines the diversity of religions in the state of Indiana from its beginning to
the present. We will focus on the ways that religious groups define and
occupy space and place as they create boundaries, maintain communities,
and represent themselves to outsiders. We will make frequent field trips
visiting everything from graveyards and monuments to functioning churches,
synagogues, and mosques, where we will speak with representatives of the
many religions practiced in Indiana.