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

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Upcoming Events

Here are the seminars scheduled for later this year.

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Recent Events

An exhaustive archive of all past events organized by the center.

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Spiritual Politics

Professor Mark Silk’s Religion News Service column on religion and politics.

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Program on Public Values

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 Memorial Journalism Award, given to a distinguished American journalist for lifetime achievement.

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Greenberg Lunch Seminars

Monthly lunch discussions at 71 Vernon Street at which a group of faculty and students meet for a virtual discussion of a scholarly article or chapter presented by the author.

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Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Each year an accomplished scholar, religious leader or public figures is honored as Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Fellows visit campus for about one week to speak, interact with students and faculty and participate in the life of the Greenberg Center.

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Publications

Books and articles by our faculty and fellows

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Religion in the News

Published by the Greenberg Center from 1997 to 2016, Religion in the News, a review of journalism, examined how journalists covered religious dimensions of the news. The Religion in the News archive is a valuable resource.

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The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life

300 Summit Street
Trinity College
Hartford, CT 06106

Campus location: 71 Vernon St.