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What Role Does Religion Play On College Campuses?

Houston Matters talks it over with two participants in an upcoming lecture on that subject at Rice University.


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Religion can be a contentious topic no matter where you are, and it can become especially challenging to navigate in higher education.

With a diverse student body, it's to be expected that many different viewpoints will be represented on a college campus, and many universities strive to approach the topic of religion responsibly. But how exactly do you accomplish that?

An upcoming lecture at Rice University aims to answer that question and spark a discussion on the role religion plays on campus. The lecture, called Religion and the University, takes place tonight (Jan. 29) at 7 at the university’s Sewall Hall, Room 309.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with two of the panelists participating in the discussion: Dr. Elaine Ecklund, a professor of sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program; and Sharan Mehta, a Ph.D. student in sociology at Rice and a graduate research fellow at the Religion and Public Life Program.