Institute for

Religion, Politics and Culture

Loyalty. Service. Study.

These are the watchwords of the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture (IRPC), a distinctive program that examines religion’s influence on American and world history, as well as its impact on contemporary cultural and political life. The Institute also explores a range of pressing issues facing current society and the enduring value of America’s founding principles. Through its programming the Institute:

  • Inspires loyalty to the highest aspirations of the American political project and to enduring moral and political truths.
  • Challenges students to build a better world by serving their communities, their places of worship, and their country.
  • Examines the historic and continuing contributions of religion to political, cultural, and social flourishing, and to Western philosophical and intellectual history.
  • Studies all that supports a free, just, and prosperous society founded on moral virtue, responsible self-government, and the rule of law.
What we Do

Funded by private individuals and foundations, the Institute sponsors lectures and symposia, a vibrant scholarship program, a cohort of student fellows, a peer-reviewed book series, and opportunities for students to study in significant locations abroad.

 Our lecture series features six-eight events each semester in a variety of formats including evening events, weekend workshops, class visits, and luncheon seminars, as well as the annual Os Guinness Award for Service to the Public Good ceremony in Talbot County.

Our mission is to study the various ways religious belief and practice and political culture intersect, and the ways religion and the founding values of the United States have ennobled political and cultural developments. This mission is more vital now than ever.
— Dr. Joseph Prud’homme
Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture                   
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The Institute adheres to the Chicago Principles on Free Speech on College Campuses to ensure full, open, and vibrant discussion.