The University of Notre Dame, a premier global center for the study of religion and society, is teeming with a number of resources on campus for scholars with a variety of interests in the sociology of religion, including the following:
The Center is part of the Notre Dame law School and its diverse activities "in teaching, research and service contribute to the vision and belief of both the Law School and the University" that "the worth and dignity of every human being mirrors the image of God, and that education is essential to build a human rights culture in which the values of human dignity, peace and democracy are cherished and protected."
The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture is rooted in the belief that systematic and rational discussion of ethical problems must be grounded in traditions of thought and practice. The Center sponsors research in ethics inspired by the Catholic moral vision so well articulated in John Paul II's recent encyclicals, especially Evangelium Vitae, Veritatis Splendor, and Centesimus Annus.
The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business seeks to build bridges among business, business studies and the humanities...by fostering dialogue between academic and corporate leaders, and by research and publications.
The Center for Philosophy of Religion is working "to promote, support and disseminate scholarly work in philosophy of religion and Christian philosophy" including traditional topics and questions on "the theistic proofs, the rationality of belief in God, the problem of evil, the nature of religious language," and more.
This center conducts basic and applied research on schools and the learning process. Researchers study the formal and informal organization of schools, the curriculum, teacher background and ability to affect student learning. Special attention is given to the study of Catholic schools, particularly in reference to the education of at-risk students.
This Center "provides educational experiences in social concerns inspired by Gospel values and Catholic social teachings" to enhance our "spiritual and intellectual awareness...calling us all to service and action for a more just and humane world."
The Colloquium on the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion (CISR) seeks to bolster the study of religion from an interdisciplinary perspective by bringing together students from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, history, and political science, to discuss topics of intersection within the study of religion.
"The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, dedicated in 1981, is recognized throughout the nation as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States" and "the Center is also winning recognition for important interdisciplinary research in American religion and culture, the experiences of women in American religious history, and the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the American Catholic community."
The department features undergraduate and graduate programs, innovative research opportunities that cut across disciplinary boundaries, and award-winning faculty who are widely recognized for their scholarly publications.The Sociology Department is home to outstanding faculty and academic programs and serves as a center for innovative research. The department's signature strengths are in cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.
The department of theology is engaged in ongoing academic and pastoral reflection on various aspects of the mystery of the divine-human relationship. The department is explicitly Christian and Catholic in its religious tradition, and so committed in a particular way to the interpretation and articulation of the Catholic tradition and to the fostering of reflection and praxis concerning all aspects of Catholicism's various theological, doctrinal, liturgical, spiritual, historical, cultural, and canonical expressions and embodiments.
"The mission of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame is to advance teaching and research on the Latino population using both interdisciplinary and comparative approaches. The Institute's primary aim is to further the understanding of the history, culture, literature, and sociopolitical position of Latinos in the United States."
In 1957, "the Center was founded to ensure that the thought and spirit of Jacques Maritain would remain at Notre Dame" and "a good deal of effort has been put into the preservation of archival materials to facilitate the research of those who come to the Center..."
"The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies is designed to advance understanding of Third World development, particularly in Latin America, through research, education, and outreach" focusing "primarily on democratization and the quality of democracy; paths to development; religion and the Catholic Church; social movements and organized civil society; and public policies for social justice."
"The objectives of the Institute have been not only to educate a growing number of U.S. and international experts to prevent violence and to promote peace but also to operate as a multifaceted training, research, and policy institute in which each activity supports the other."
"The Medieval Institute, founded in 1947, is a comprehensive teaching and research institution dedicated to the study of European culture and history between the fifth and the fifteenth centuries."
"Founded in 1993, the Nanovic Institute seeks to enhance European studies at the University of Notre Dame by providing a forum for the discussion of key issues in Europe across all fields and by stimulating faculty and student research with research grants."
Located at the Institute for Church Life, the Center for Pastoral Liturgy "helps church leaders and parishes to celebrate God's presence in church and world and to connect liturgy and life."
"The Center is committed to advancing research on science and technology as human, knowledge-producing institutions" by studying "the variety of ways these institutions impact upon society at large."
This workshop in the Department of Sociology engages students with key pieces of literature related to empirical research, measurement, and data analysis in the sociology of religion; teach some alternative approaches to basic data analysis strategies in the sociology of religion; and provide an informal seminar‐based context for the collective reading, discussing, and critiquing of each others' scholarly papers in sociology of religion. Workshop readings are drawn from the reading list for the ND doctoral exam in sociology of religion, to also help facilitate preparation for that exam.
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