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 art history professor presents paper on the material world of the Early Middle Ages

Evan A. Gatti, associate professor of art history and associate director of the Elon Core Curriculum, presented "Frescoes in Fragments: What material loss allows us to see" at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Religious studies professor awarded American Academy of Religion Grant

The grant will help fund his project, "On the Edge: Launching a Regional Interdisciplinary Symposium in the Southeast.”

Syrian representative to the United Nations to speak Sept. 7 at Elon

The senior negotiator and democracy activist will speak on the current state of the civil war and prospects for peace.

Amy Allocco delivers three invited lectures in India

Over the course of her sabbatical year in South India, Dr. Amy L. Allocco delivered three discrete invited lectures.

Joel Harter and the Truitt Center awarded Interfaith Leadership Lab grant

The grant will help fund Ripple 2017, a conference to focus on the theme of "Mindfully Plural."