Welcome

The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society is the research arm of the Elon University multi-faith center, which is located in the heart of campus and seeks to foster a diverse community of study, discourse and practice that promotes mutual understanding and respect across and within religious traditions and belief systems and contributes to the development of global citizenship.

The Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society highlights and promotes the interdisciplinary study of religion, culture, and society. This faculty-led center draws together faculty from disciplines across Elon’s campus, with students, staff, community members, and experts from the region and beyond. The Center will work to foster research, teaching, and dialogue that informs community knowledge and action. Pursuing fulfillment of Elon’s commitment to multi-faith education and engagement, the CSRCS convenes and facilitates dialogue that advances the understanding of the role of religion in society with intellectual rigor and academic integrity.

The Center offers rich and varied resources to fulfill the university’s vision of encouraging spiritual formation and expression, promoting religious literacy and respect for diverse faith traditions and world views, examining the role of religion in society, and supporting research and scholarship on religion. The Center invites broad participation of community members into meaningful dialogue, regardless of personal professions of faith, as a reflection of our commitment to modeling the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Center Intiatives include:

  • Supporting the interdisciplinary study of religion on Elon's campus among faculty and students;
  • Sponsoring colloquia on emerging and enduring issues related to the role of religion in culture and society;
  • Promoting excellence in undergraduate research related to the study of religion;
  • Establishing an international scholar-in-residence program;
  • Offering support for faculty on engaging the topic of religion in academic settings.

News and Events

Elon students present undergraduate research at religious studies conference

Six students presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion held March 8-10 in Greenville, N.C.

Elon students receive State Department scholarships to study Hindi, Arabic

Shariq Ali ’20, Ashley Jutras ’20 and Styrling Rohr ’19 have received Critical Language Scholarships from the federal government to study foreign languages deemed critical to U.S. diplomacy and outreach.  

 

Amy Allocco and Brian Pennington receive Wabash grant for Interreligious Pedagogies and IFYC/Mellon Curriculum Development Grant 

The Department of Religious Studies faculty will collaborate with colleagues from the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg University on the $7,500 Wabash Center grant.

Holocaust survivor Hank Brodt speaks about remembrance at LaRose Digital Theatre

Brodt, a native of Poland who now lives in High Point, N.C., shared his story of tragedy and strength through one of the darkest periods in history during his Feb. 13 visit to Elon.

Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society opens its doors to 'The Religious Body Imagined'

Thirteen scholars from around the world will participate in the Center's second symposium to be held Feb. 7-9.