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Courses, Events, and Videos

Sample of PRRUCS-Sponsored Courses

  • AMES 335 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Relations in the Middle East

  • ASTR 007 The Big Bang and Beyond

  • COML 200 Mythology

  • ENGL 359 Urban Cosmopolite/ Belief in the Age of the Enlightened Cosmopolite

  • FOLK 025 Magic, Science, and Religion

  • HIST 313 Religion and Society in the Iberian World

  • HIST 325 Religion in American History

  • HSSC 001 The Emergence of Modern Science

  • HSSC 301 Science and Religion

  • MUSC 150 Introduction to Global Music/ Thinking Globally about Music

  • PSCI 240 Religion and Public Policy

  • PSCI 275 Muslim Political Thought

  • PSCI 298 Spirited Debate

  • RELS 002 Religions in the West: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

  • RELS 107 Religion in Philadelphia

  • RELS 010 Religion in Public Life

  • RELS 111 Religion and Secular Values: Hip Hop Culture

  • RELS 133 Introduction to Christianity

  • RELS 144 Persian Mystical Thought: Rumi/ The Foundations of Islamic Mysticism

  • SAST 163 Introduction to Hinduism

  • SOCI 300 Religious Life at Penn


Sample of PRRUCS Events

Religion and the 2016 Presidential Election Colloquiums, University of Pennsylvania

1st Colloquium: September 16th, 2016
Speaker: John L. Jackson, Richard Perry University Professor, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice

2nd Colloquium: September 23rd, 2016
Speaker: Michele Margolis, Assistant Professor of Political Science

3rd Colloquium: September 29th, 2016, National Museum of American Jewish History
John DiIulio, Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society
John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director, Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies
Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Program for Research on Religion, and Urban Civil Society
Jane Eisner, Editor-In-Chief of The Jewish Daily Forward
Moderated by Dick Polman, National Political Columnist

4th Colloquium: October 14th, 2016
Speaker: Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners

5th Colloquium: October 21st, 2016
Speaker: Prema Kurien, Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

6th Colloquium: October 28th, 2016
Speaker: Mike Hout, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Post-Election Debrief Panel: December 2nd, 2016
John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science
Geoff Layman, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

The Brookings Institution presents: The Halo Effect and the Economic Value of Faith-based Organizations

November 29, 2016: Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a panel to discuss the economic importance of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships and considered strategies to strengthen these hubs of civic engagement and social support. Click here to view the event.

How Catholic Places Serve Civic Purposes: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Economic “Halo Effects.”  

November 30, 2016: Joseph P. Tierney, PRRUCS Resident Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program released a PRRUCS report that estimates the annual economic impact of Catholic community-serving organizations in Philadelphia. The report was released during an event on University of Pennsylvania’s campus featuring Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and a panel of distinguished guests including PRRUCS Senior Fellows Dr. Ram Cnaan and A. Robert Jaeger as well as Lorraine M. Knight, Executive Director of Nutritional Development Services in Philadelphia.