University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Current Initiatives

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American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

Building the capacity of American Muslim leaders to participate in the public square

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Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement

Promoting economic development and civic engagement in low-income communities

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Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

Promoting dialogue and creating resources for scholarship on Judaism and Islam

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Faith Communities and Disasters

Identifying the resources and capacities of California congregations for mobilization in man-made and natural disasters

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Future45

The Future45 project works to identify the rising generation of leaders (aged 24-35) motivated by faith and committed to religious pluralism, in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Interdisciplinary Research Group

Working to advance religion-related scholarship by USC faculty and graduate students.

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International Mission Photography Archive

Tracing the largest social movement of the 19th century through photographs around the globe

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Program on Religious Accommodation

The issue of religious exemptions—claims by religious objectors that they have a right to be exempt from laws that offend their religious beliefs—is exploding. With the example of the controversy over the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act uppermost...

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RCCI

The Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project (RCCI) explores the proposition that competition between religious groups stimulates creative innovation, contributing to religious change and development. RCCI will be developed and primarily focused on Southern California, while developing a comparison with Seoul, South Korea

Past Initiatives

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Census Outreach in Los Angeles

Encouraging faith-based organizations to reach hard-to-count populations for the 2010 Census

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Civic Role of Religion in Los Angeles

Examining the legacy and impact of post-1992 riots community organizing among faith-groups in Los Angeles

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Confucian Education in Contemporary China

Analyzing the development and impact of Neo-Confucian education in China.

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Exploring Community, Worth and Life on the Slabs

Employing photography and oral history to examine the role of community in “Slab City” near the Salton Sea

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Gospel Music History Archive

Creating a resource to document the history and evolution of Gospel Music

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Institute for Economic Research on Civilizations

Providing an interdisciplinary forum for ideas on the economic evolution and performance of civilizations.

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Institute for Shared Heritage

Recognizing, preserving and protecting cultural heritage in conflict zones

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Institute for Violence Prevention

Bridging the divide between Black and Latino religious leaders to reduce gang-violence in South Los Angeles.

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Jewish Community Organizing to Save Darfur

Studying the efforts of synagogue-based organizing in Los Angeles related to the genocide in Darfur

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Los Angeles Dream Center

Examining organizational and personal motivations, experiences and transformations in Urban social ministries

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Passing the Mantle

Restoring the legacy of the African-American church in civic engagement

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Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

Providing scholarly resources for the study of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity around the world

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Religion, Identity, and Global Governance Program

Developing curricula at USC related to religion & politics

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Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

Documenting the human effects of the genocide in Rwanda and non-governmental organizations work to provide healing and support for survivors

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Transmission of Religion Across Generations

Understanding the transmissions of religion across four generations of families

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University-NGO Coalition-Building Initiative

Building partnerships between non-governmental organizations and universities in Kenya to address social problems in local communities

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Vietnamese Immigrant Congregations in California

Tracing indigenous Vietnamese religions as they establish themselves in the United States