Center on Religion and Culture
Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture (CRC) is looking forward to hosting a new slate of in-person and online events for Fall 2022.
In the meantime, you can check out our YouTube channel for curated videos of all our events from the past year.
Thank you for your support for Fordham and the CRC and remember to follow best practices to stay healthy, for yourselves and for others.
Director, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
About the CRC
At a time when religion’s role in American life is both praised and contested, Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture (CRC) explores the complex relationship between faith and contemporary life.
Through public events and conversations with experts and artists, scholars and faith leaders, the CRC seeks to engage and elevate the public dialogue about religion and culture, the mind and the soul, inclusion and identity, politics, and the arts.
Check out our Events Page for more information about past and future programming.
Speech Acts Panel Explores Forgiveness, Mercy, Justice in Public Discourse
How can mercy, justice, and forgiveness play a role in our public discourse? Can religious teachings help us address the intolerance and “othering” that takes place in society? These were some of the questions that panelists tried to answer at “The Quality of Mercy: Justice, Forgiveness, and Public Discourse” virtual event on March 10. The [...]
In New Documentary, Paradoxes of the Shakers Emerge
The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Coming, a utopian, ecstatic religious movement best known as the Shakers, often gets conflated with the Amish. But unlike the Amish, the Shakers, who thrived during the 18th and 19th centuries, embraced technological advances and actively engaged with the outside world. On Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 [...]
Yearlong Series to Address Free Speech
Freedom of speech and expression, two bedrock principles of American life, will be the subject of a new series at Fordham this year. Speech Acts, which kicks off this week, will bring together high-profile speakers such as George Stephanopoulos and Nikole Hannah-Jones for eight panels and lectures to address an issue that has become increasingly [...]
From St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Conversion to Bernstein’s MASS: A Theme of Breaking and Reimagining
In September 1971, when Leonard Bernstein’s MASS debuted, the United States was facing a time of crisis and reckoning. The piece had been commissioned by Jackie Kennedy, the wife of the late President John F. Kennedy, as a way to commemorate her murdered husband, but it also followed the assassinations of his brother Robert Kennedy [...]
Talking with John Cecero, S.J., Vice President for Mission Integration and Ministry
On August 2, John Cecero, S.J., became Fordham’s new vice president for mission integration and ministry, succeeding Michael McCarthy, S.J. It was a homecoming for Father Cecero, who serves as an associate professor of psychology at Fordham, was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2014, and served as rector of the [...]
Should Cancel Culture Be Canceled?
From Aristotle to Dr. Seuss to an editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, it would seem that anyone, dead or alive, can fall victim to cancel culture. But what exactly is cancel culture? Is it a phrase employed by the far right to portray the far left as intolerant? Or is it a profound generational shift in [...]
The American Abortion Debate: Panelists Look Beyond ‘Labels and Accusations’
The debate over abortion rights must move beyond politics and binary discourse, said panelists at a Jan. 27 Fordham webinar, and shift to include more relevant, everyday struggles of women and their families. The event, sponsored by the Center on Religion and Culture, featured four women from diverse backgrounds: a researcher who studies American attitudes [...]
Pope’s New Encyclical Provides Framework for Examining Capitalism and Racism, Scholars Say
Just weeks before the American presidential election, a Fordham panel of scholars analyzed the latest encyclical from Pope Francis—a U.S.-focused document that condemns trickle-down economics and addresses racism and the hardships of the global pandemic, especially those faced by the poor. “The U.S. more than any other nation is mentioned a number of times, and [...]
Center on Religion and Culture Launches New Chat Series
Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture, which is known for its engaging conversations with a wide variety of experts from across the globe, has taken its work online. In a new video posted to YouTube on March 25, Center director David Gibson interviewed Paddy Gilger, S.J. Gilger, the contributing editor for culture at America magazine, [...]
Papal Biographer Discusses Achievements and Opponents of Pope Francis
“The dogs are barking, Sancho. It’s a sign we’re moving ahead.” This quotation, popularly attributed to Don Quixote, has become a favorite saying of Pope Francis as he confronts fierce opposition to his efforts to reform the Catholic Church, leading papal biographer Austen Ivereigh told a Fordham audience Nov. 4. Ivereigh, a noted Catholic author [...]
Celebration of Cardinal Dulles’ Life Comes to Close
On the centenary of his birth this past September, Fordham celebrated the life and legacy of Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., with a day-long conference that highlighted the cardinal’s enormous influence on the church. On April 8, colleagues, friends, and associates who knew him best closed out the University’s yearlong celebration of the cardinal with an [...]