The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University is a major academic initiative that aims to encourage greater intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary scholarly studies about religion through diverse perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. Founded in 1999, the Center is committed to scholarly research and teaching that examines religion comparatively and empirically in its diverse historical and contemporary manifestations.
- The University awarded degrees to 1,261 undergraduates in the Class of 2013, five from other classes and 892 graduate students at its 266th Commencement on June 3. Outgoing President Tilghman admonished the graduates: "Your education has not so much given you all the answers as it has taught you to ask the right questions. It has given you a powerful voice to make your case and the intellectual confidence to change your mind. It is the best preparation I can imagine for the rest of your life."
- The Graduate School presented awards to CSR Graduate Student Fellow Alfredo Garcia and four other students in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. Garcia was honored for his work as an assistant in instruction in the course "Money, Work and Social Life." Professor Viviana Zelizer nominated Garcia, noting "his remarkable devotion to his students, his determination to turn each precept into a mini-community and his availability for consultation."
- Center Director and Professor of Sociology Robert Wuthnow’s book Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future (Princeton University Press) is featured in the current issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Based on more than 700 interviews in dozens of communities, Wuthnow’s book is the first major study of America’s small communities in 50 years. He looks at small-town life from a variety of angles, including political life, religious activity, and moral sentiments.