The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture provides the University of Arizona with a research and outreach center that addresses the renewed role of religion in international politics and in societies across the globe and situates that role in historical perspective. It is essential for the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona to engage the fundamental question of religion's impact on all human societies and cultures. As a public university, the University of Arizona recognizes that a non-sectarian understanding of religion and its role in culture is central to its educational mission, and the Institute provides an opportunity to align this aspect of the UA mission with the pressing realities of our day. 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Poetry Center

Join us for the launch of the ISRC 2014-15 Lecture Series on Psychology and Religion with a lecture by Daniel Sullivan of the Psychology Department
People have always had a need to make sense of seemingly random suffering. Yet different groups of people have addressed this problem very differently. Drawing on the existential thought of Nietzsche and Tillich, Sullivan proposes that some groups of people primarily try to resolve the problem of suffering in a way that leaves intact their sense of personal control and self-esteem. Others prioritize the preservation of a rigid meaning system in the face of suffering. He will present evidence supporting these ideas from a case study investigating the beliefs of members of different minority religions. Specifically, survey responses will be compared between Unitarian Universalists and traditionalist Mennonites. The findings point to systematic variation in the way people from different religious backgrounds psychologically cope with the major trials of life.

Current News

RelSec Symposium
“Rethinking Secularism”
February 21, 2014
The University of Arizona, Modern Languages Building Rm 451
Featuring Presentations and Discussion by Internationally Distinguished Scholars Akeel Bilgrami, Dilip Gaonkar, Colin Jager, and Radha Radhakrishnan

Friday, February 21, 2014

In the summer the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture became a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. The Consortium brings together academic organizations like the ISRC from across the United States and is currently increasing its affiliation with similar international bodies. 

Friday, June 28, 2013


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013