The center takes full advantage of Willamette’s location adjacent to the Oregon State Capitol. Students and faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Law teach, write and engage in these issues on a continuing basis.
In past years, the colleges have worked with renowned professors from across the globe to discuss Muslim identities, the politics of Jesus in American culture, and Obamacare’s contraceptive care mandate. The center has funded scholarly research, internships and curriculum development. And the center has hosted symposiums and lectures — touching on issues ranging from the growth of the radical right to the constitutional and legal issues surrounding religious arbitration.