Kripke Seminars

The Kripke Center is dedicated to facilitating scholarly activity in the areas of religion and society. The Kripke Seminars support the discovery and integration of knowledge in selected areas of religion and society through collaborative research and the communication of such knowledge through publications and public presentations.


A seminar will consist of 4-6 faculty or other qualified professionals, one of whom will serve as the director of the seminar. At least half of the seminar members, including the director, will be current Faculty Associates of the Kripke Center. The director will be responsible for scheduling meetings, overseeing the work of the seminar, submitting reports to the Center’s faculty, and representing the seminar to the Kripke Center.

The seminar members commit to working on a defined project for one or two semesters in an academic year, meeting five-ten times during that year (approximately once a month). Each seminar member will receive a stipend of $500-$1000; the director will receive $1000-$2000 (payable after completion of the final [one semester] or mid-year [two-semester] report).

The seminar members may request funds for expenses related to the work of the seminar: materials, consultations, etc.


The focus of the seminar will be the scholarly exploration of a defined topic in the area of religion and society. The objective of the seminar will be the publication of the work of the seminar in a lasting and appropriate format (generally beyond the timeframe of the seminar). Individual members of the seminar may also present their work through public presentations.


Seminar applications may be submitted to the Director of the Kripke Center at any time. They should include the following information in this order:

  1. Title of the seminar;
  2. A 300 word description of the seminar;
  3. A commitment to the publication of the results of the seminar, and a preliminary description of the publication;
  4. Director and members of the seminar, with a brief description of expertise and what each will contribute;
  5. Timeline for the seminar;
  6. A brief statement how the work of the seminar will contribute to the mission of the Kripke Center;
  7. A budget (beyond the stipends), with justifications.


The director of the seminar will submit to the Kripke Center a final report (not more than 500 words), describing the progress and results of the seminar and plans for publication. Year-long seminars will also submit a mid-year report.


Seminar applications will be evaluated by the Director of the Kripke Center in consultation with the Faculty Associates. Acceptance of the application will be determined by the merits of the application, available funding, and the priorities of the Center.