Established in 2006, the Center encourages reflection on a broad range of values issues, from social policy to professional challenges to interpersonal relations.
Initial efforts focused on the common values at the core of the academic enterprise: integrity and freedom, as well as the commitment to treat alternative views seriously.
Given the connections between faithful engagement in the academic process and the honest attempt to lead a good life, we view dedication to academic values as an essential element of the more general concern with ethical development.
Underlying the Center’s efforts is the desire to enhance an institutional environment in which each member of the community is encouraged to engage in the reflection required to clarify and to deepen the ethical commitments that must guide our actions.
Assistant Professor of Religion Ben Zeller was the first keynote speaker at a research symposium for the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History. He spoke about dietary practices, such as the non-medically mandated gluten-free diet and the paleo diet, as religious practices.
A group of Tibetan monks will be on campus for four days to create a Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala starting on Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 in the Center for Chicago Programs.
Muslims are like many groups of new immigrants in how they build their religious communities in America, according to Assistant Professor Benjamin Zeller. Zeller was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of a story about a new documentary titled “Unmosqued.” Read and listen to the entire story here.
Students in Professor Zeller’s RELG 335 “Religion and Food” course cooked and served a meal for students in Moore Hall. Students chose recipes from books read in class, including foods drawn from Judaism, African-American Christianity, and Hinduism.
Cathy Benton directs an ASIANetwork June 2014 program in India for liberal arts faculty preparing to include India in their teaching and research.