Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

Upcoming Events


Past Events

Religion & Presidential Politics: Past, Present and Future
Randal Balmer, John Phillips, Dartmouth College, 3/9/16
Resurgence of the Religious Liberal in America
Sheila Greeve Davaney, Harvey H. Potthoff, Iliff School of Theology, 4/28/16
Islam, Violence and the Problem of ISIS
Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston, 5/9/15
Repair Across Generations: 70 Years After Auschwitz
Martin Matustik, Arizona State University, 9/24/15
The Politics, Poetics, and Ethics of Holocaust Photography
David Shneer, University of Colorado, Boulder, 10/28/15
Qi for Life: Daoist Account for Spiritual Equanimity
Robin Yang, Loyola Marymount University, 11/10/15




Dr. Jeff Scholes

About the Center

The primary aim of the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life is to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the surrounding community as it concerns religious issues and public life. The Center neither aligns itself with any political ideology or religion, nor will it promote a certain approach to religion over others. Instead, the Center strives to enhance academic development and community relations by providing a needed platform for faculty, students, pastors, community leaders, and citizens to engage in scholarly efforts, open dialogue, and future action.

Dr. Jeffrey Scholes



Objectives: Academic Development

  • The Center will put on programs designed to foster debate around current issues involving religion and its implications for public life.
  • Programs will center on religious issues relevant to the UCCS scholarly community.
  • The Center will serve as a resource and launching pad for students interested in careers related to religion and public life.
  • These include graduate studies in philosophy or religious studies, ministry, counseling, or any other discipline that students connect with religious studies.

Objectives: Community Outreach

  • The Center will serve as an important contact point between the wider community and the university.
  • Through guest speakers, panel discussions involving authorities on selected topics, faculty and student forums, and a website, the Center will highlight pertinent issues for the Colorado Springs area, nation, and the world at-large.
  • The Center will emphasize the availability of willing UCCS faculty to engage the community in locations outside the university setting. These can include places of worship, businesses, high schools, etc.