Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

Jesus and John Wayne

"Jesus and John Wayne: Evangelical Masculinity, Family Values, Politics, and the Rise of Christian Nationalism"

Drawing on her New York Times bestselling book, Du Mez explains how the study of evangelical popular culture makes clear that recent political events do not represent the betrayal of evangelical values, but rather their fulfillment.


Past Events
Dr. Donna Haraway
Cities in the Global South.  Pedro Lange Churion is Professor at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches literature, film, photography, urban studies and critical theory.   Read More

Backs against the wall
An Afternoon with Dr. Cornel West, Race Religion and Politics in a year of Global Calamity. Read More

Believe Me
A Conversation at the Intersection of Race and Religion. Read More

Globalizing Censorship, Localizing Hate:  How Hinduvta Futurism Reframes Extremism as Anti-Racism., Read More

Martin Luther King:  A Religious Life -- A Conversation with the Author.  Read More

Religion and Anti-Black Racism:  A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Pinn.  Read More

Roots and Religion.  A Conversation with Dr. Richard Newton.  Read More

Past Events
Dr. Donna Haraway
Dr. Donna Haraway: Religion, Science, and Storytelling
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Backs against the wall
Backs against the wall Backs Against the Wall The Howard Thurman Story, A film by Martin Doblmeier, April 14, 2019, 

Believe Me
Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump February 11, 2019 6:30 to 7:45 pm University center 302,

Lecture by John Philip Newell: Religion Without Borders: The Marriage of East and West April 10, 2018 6:30 pm UCCS LIbrary, 

"An Outrage" Documentary film about lynching in the South with the filmmakers April 12, 2018 7:00 to 8:30 pm UCCS Centennial Hall

An Evening with Michael Hogue November 14, 2018 6:15 pm University center 

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

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

Objectives: Community Outreach

  1. The Center will serve as an important contact point between the wider community and the university.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.