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Religion, Politics and Culture

"Of all the elements necessary for political prosperity...religion and morality are indispensable supports"--Washington's Farewell Address 1796"Of all the elements necessary for political prosperity...religion and morality are indispensable supports"--Washington's Farewell Address 1796The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture is dedicated to the rigorous study of religion’s influence on American and world history, as well as its contemporary importance for cultural and political life.

Funded by private individuals and foundations, the Institute conducts a number of highly successful programs, including:

  • Oxford Research Seminar
  • Jerusalem Experience: Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Additional International Partnerships: Paris, Rome, Prague
  • Alternative Spring Break 2015: “In The Footsteps of Francis I”- study trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Distinguished Lectures and Symposia
  • Peer-reviewed Book Series
  • Cincinnatus Leadership Scholars Program
  • Junior Associates Program
“Our mission is to study the various ways religious belief and practice and political culture intersect in terms of American and world history, contemporary American life, and internationally.”
— Joseph Prud’homme
Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture                   
Contact the Director at institute_rpc@washcoll.edu
 

 
Upcoming Events

  • February 11th: Curt Viebranz, President of Mount Vernon, and Al Sikes, former Chairman of the FCC, discuss religion and business; Curt Viebranz to discusses the future of Mount Vernon, in Hodson Hall
  • March 4th: Joseph Prud’homme and Melissa Deckman discuss their co-edited book, Curriculum and the Culture Wars, at the Lit House on Washington College campus at 4:30pm
  • May 1st: Religious Liberty and the Military Chaplaincy: Current Challenges:
    Colonel William S. Lee, Chaplain,  Joint Forces Headquarters, MDARNG. Highest ranking chaplain in MDARNG. Talk free and open to the public, 6:00 pm in Litrenta Hall
  • June 30th: Forum on Catholic Social Thought and the Law with Dr. Ernesto Velazquez at 6:30 pm in Hynson Lounge of Hodson hall. Open to the public.