The Revealer is published by New York University’s Center for Religion and Media, one of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Centers of Excellence. Pew’s Centers of Excellence, located on many of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, encourage the study of religion’s role in the humanities and social sciences, including international affairs, urban society, American democracy and the media. Religion is a social and cultural practice that wields extraordinary influence in individual lives as well as in world events, yet it is one of the most understudied phenomena in today’s academy. The Trusts’ initiative aims to change that by creating ten permanent homes for the interdisciplinary study of religion which, in addition to stimulating scholarship, will also serve as creative hubs for work on religion’s role in society.

Center for Religion and Media (New York University) Develops and broadens interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship, pedagogy, and public knowledge of religion and media.

Center for Religion & American Life (Yale University) The Institute, at Yale University, centers interdisciplinary research around the broad theme of American religion in a rapidly changing world.

Center for Religion and Civic Culture (University of Southern California) Studies religion and immigration, faith-based community development and organizing, and religion and culture.

Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public (University of Missouri-Columbia) Supports research, curricular development, and public outreach programs focusing on professional practices and values in a religiously plural society.

Center for Research on Religion and Urban Society (University of Pennsylvania) Produces and disseminates cutting-edge empirical research on the role of religion in contemporary urban America.

Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion (Emory University) Sponsors a series of two-year projects on religious themes that lend themselves to interdisciplinary inquiry. Their current project is “The Child in Law, Religion and Society” (2003-2006).

Center for the Study of Religion (Princeton University) Aims to encourage scholarly research, teaching and public discussion about religion through the diverse perspectives of the humanities and social sciences.

Center on Religion and Democracy (University of Virginia) Examines how religion affects the formation of democratic ideals, institutions and practices.

Erasmus Institute (University of Notre Dame) Focuses interdisciplinary research around the broad theme of American religion in a rapidly changing world and opens opportunities for scholars throughout the world to confront issues about the role religion plays nationally as well as globally.

Institute on Religion and World Affairs (Boston University) Seeks to improve understanding of the myriad influences of religion in contemporary global affairs through research and policy analysis.

OTHER PEW RESOURCES

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life seeks to promote a deeper understanding of how religion shapes the ideas and institutions of American society. At a time of heightened interest in religion’s public roles and responsibilities, the Forum bridges the worlds of scholarship, public policy and journalism by creating a platform for research and discussion of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Centers of Excellence are a project of the Pew Forum.

Surveys

Religion and Politics: Contention and Consensus

Religious Beliefs Underpin Opposition to Homosexuality

PEW RELIGION AND MEDIA PROJECTS

First Person
An on-going radio series produced and distributed by Minnesota Public Radio. With an eye toward current events, each program explores issues of ultimate concern and asks how perspectives of faith might offer illumination.

Foundation for American Communications
RNF and FACS work together to increase the quantity and quality of regional news coverage of religion and public life in select small to mid-sized news outlets by identifying timely topics, developing teaching curricula, and recruiting faculty for eight regional seminars annually.

News Media Referral Service (American Academy of Religion)
An online and telephone referral service with a database of over 5,000 experts on religion and all aspects of public life.

NPR’s Religion Unit
Investigates the deeply held values and beliefs that provide the underpinnings of many policy debates and breaking news events.

Religion in the News
Published by the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College. A journalism review, published three times each year, devoted to the assessment and improvement of coverage of religion in the news media.

Religion Newswriters Foundation
RNF and FACS work together to increase the quantity and quality of regional news coverage of religion and public life in select small to mid-sized news outlets by identifying timely topics, developing teaching curricula, and recruiting faculty for eight regional seminars annually.

The Press, Politics, and American Religious Life
Holds seminars and conferences for reporters and editors in the print and broadcast media, giving journalists an opportunity to learn from expert analysts about issues at the intersection of religion and public life.

OTHER PEW RELIGION PROJECTS

Religion and the Public Square: Religious Grantmaking at The Pew Charitable Trusts
by Luis E. Lugo, Director, Pew Center for Religion

Pew Religion Program
A program within The Pew Charitable Trusts that seeks to advance a deeper public understanding of religion’s contribution to the ideas, beliefs, morals and institutions that shape American society, and to help people of faith make a positive contribution to contemporary public life.

Pluralism Project
Studies and documents the growing religious diversity of the U.S., with a special view to new immigrant religious communities.

Religion and Civil Society
A research area within the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution that contributes to the public conversation on issues in religion and public life through commentary, publications and public events.

Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy
Conducts in-depth nationwide research on the role and efficacy of faith-based social service programs.

The Pew Civitas Program in Faith and Public Affairs
A program of civic education and leadership development for Christian doctoral students.

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