Rice lecture to explore role of religion on college campuses

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Amy McCaig

Rice lecture to explore role of religion on college campuses
Religion and Public Life Program hosts event during Interfaith Week 2019

HOUSTON – (Jan. 24, 2019) – What is the role of religion on a university campus?

A Jan. 29 lecture hosted by Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) will focus on the different ways religion shows up on college campuses. The event is part of Interfaith Week 2019, organized by Rice’s Boniuk Council.

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A panel of Rice faculty and students will address the myriad ways religion enters classrooms and how faculty and students should (or should not) engage with religion. They will also discuss having difficult conversations and engaging with controversial topics related to religion on university campuses.

“Religion can show up in many different ways on university campuses: in the lives of students, faculty and staff; in the content of a variety of disciplines; and at the center of polarizing controversy or as a helpful framework for generative conversation,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, professor of sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program.

Who:              Religion and Public Life Program.

What:             “Religion and the University” lecture.

When:            7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

Where:           Sewall Hall Room 309, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston.

To RSVP for the event, visit https://bit.ly/2CoKNSf. For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.

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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.