Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life
While Trinity College is preparing to have students and faculty return to our physical campus in a hybrid fashion, The Greenberg Center is as busy as ever - in a mostly virtual format. Webinars, faculty discussions, our Monthly "lunch" seminars, will be listed below. Please join us via Zoom!
This website will also keep you up to date with links to articles and blogs on public religion and the upcoming November elections (Election 2020), as well as our commitment to work with campus, activist, scientific and religious groups to address climate change (Program on Public Values).
The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life was established at Trinity College in 1996 to advance knowledge and understanding of the varied roles that religious movements, institutions, and ideas play in the contemporary world; to explore challenges posed by religious pluralism and tensions between religious and secular values; and to examine the influence of religion on politics, civic culture, family life, gender roles, and other issues in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Non-sectarian and non-partisan, the Center sponsors public lectures, organizes conferences and workshops, contributes to the liberal arts curriculum, and supports the publication and dissemination of materials for both academic and general audiences. Its initiatives are designed to foster discussion of religion in public life both within the campus community and among various external publics.
Many of the challenges of contemporary society involve the interaction of religious and secular values. Through its Program on Public Values, the Greenberg Center explores the broad range of values that inform public debate on critical issues of our time. In recent years the Program has engaged in a range of activities related to the threat of climate change. It also sponsors Trinity’s Moses Berkman ’20 Memorial Journalism Award, given to a distinguished American journalist for lifetime achievement