The Arts & Sciences Democracy Initiative will launch this spring with an inaugural democracy lab focusing on Religion, Race, and Global Democracies. Led by Religious Studies professors Martien Halvorson-Taylor and Kurtis Schaeffer, the new project will draw on faculty and graduate students from several Arts & Sciences’ academic departments, including Religious Studies, Politics, History, Carter G. Woodson, and Media Studies, as well as the Jewish Studies program. Find out more here

Professor Charles Marsh will deliver a lecture entitled "Faith and Doubt in the Modern World: Christian Witness in the 21st Century and Engagements with its Cultured Despisers” as part of the Charles Franklin Finch lecture series at High Point University. The talk will begin at 5:30 pm in the Francis Auditorium of High Point University’s Phillips Hall. Open to the public. No tickets are required. 

The Institute for Practical Ethics has announced the 2018 Patricia Hollingsworth prize for best undergraduate essay in ethics. Cick here to learn more

Professor Willis Jenkins will give a talk entitled "The Ethics of Food and the Health of the Planet" at Boston College, Thursday February 22. See below for details. 

Professor Nichole Flores was quoted in the National Catholic Reporter in an article about how Catholics in Charlottesville are dealing with racism in the church and the community: Charlottesville Catholics challenged to confront sin of racism.

Professor Kathleen Flake was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about the naming of the new leader of the Mormon Church: Mormon Church Names Russell M. Nelson As New Leader.

Read Professor Charles Marsh's recently published article, "The NRA's Assault on Christian Faith and Practice," in Religion and Politics.

Read Professor Sonam Kachru's response to Kevin Schilbrack's Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto, "Provincializing Philosophy of Religions, and Beyond," online at Syndicate.

Professor of religious studies Jalane Schmidt is featured in the Chronicle's list of people who made a difference in higher ed this year. Read the article here