A Global Philosophy of Religion in the Local Des Moines Community

Globally, our Lecture and Dialogue Series enacts an innovative approach to religiously inclusive philosophy of religion, exploring common religious themes from different religious perspectives through scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and philosophical comparisons. Locally, our Religions of Des Moines Initiative generates informative media about religious communities in the greater Des Moines area, collaborating with local practitioners to create narrative guides, digital stories, and engaging photos of their communities.


Next Event 05/05: The Ethical Engagement With the Medicalization of Death in the Catholic Tradition

Gerard Magill Vernon F. Gallagher Chair and Professor of Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Reading Room, Cowles Library —– To engage the medicalization of death & dying ethically, the Catholic Sacramental tradition provides the context for its Natural Law approach. This recognizes both dignity and futility in the dying process and uses double effect reasoning to…


Next Event 04/26: Embrace Aging: Managing Chronic Diseases

Yogesh Shah Geriatric Specialist, Des Moines University Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– Dr. Shah is a triple board-certified in family medicine and specializes in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine. His primary interest is in early detection of memory problems and supporting families and patients with different forms and at different stages of dementias.…


Secular Death

Amy Hollywood Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard University Thursday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center —– Amy Hollywood came to Harvard Divinity School after teaching at Rhodes College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart, which received the Otto…


Giving Back: Above + Beyond Cancer’s 2015 Trip to Nepal

Member of Above + Beyond Cancer’s 2015 mission trip to Kathmandu Dr. Richard Deming and Jake DeHaai Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. Cowles Reading Room, Cowles Library, Drake University —– On September 9, 2015, 23 cancer survivors and caregivers travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal for a week-long medical mission trip as part of the Above + Beyond Cancer Foundation. While at…