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Newman Chair Projects

Understanding Religions in our Society

The Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology sponsors projects that involve APU students and the Anchorage Community in understanding religions in society. Some projects are ongoing while others have a defined time period. These projects connect Alaska with religious studies across the United States.

The Pluralism Project

The Cardinal Newman Chair is an affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard that is designed to profile the religious landscape of the United States. Since 2000, students under the direction of Dr. Boisclair have profiled the diversity of the religious landscape in the Greater Anchorage area. The Spiritual Profile lists non-Christian and a selection of Christian communities with places of worship in Greater Anchorage.

Learn more about the Pluralism Project at Harvard University

The Spiritual Profile of Greater Anchorage

Engaging Muslims: Religion, Cultures, Politics

Engaging Muslims was a community education project sponsored by the Cardinal Newman Chair from August 2007 to April 2008. Five internationally recognized scholars came to Anchorage to give public lectures and engage the community in dialogue. The project involved Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Wayland Baptist University in activities that ranged from movie discussions, art exhibits, special library collections, and radio programming, as well as classroom dialogue, and book discussion groups. A film documenting the project is available at the University and municipal libraries.

Engaging Muslims Events

Engaging Muslims Summary