Niebuhr Institute

The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture, an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and interfaith community- oriented program, is named in honor of Reinhold Niebuhr, the 20th century Protestant theologian who spent a lifetime exploring the implications of religious faith for the public order. It sponsors lectures, workshops, and discussions on topics in which the interests of religion, culture, ethics, and society intersect. In recent years these have included nuclear disarmament, ecological justice, economic justice, interracial justice, and gender and society.  

Mission Statement

The Institute provides education to members of the Siena College community by promoting awareness about issues where religion and culture intersect. It seeks to facilitate conversation on campus and in the wider capital district. Grounded in the Franciscan and Catholic traditions, the Center provides education and  programming to enhance our understanding of the complicated issues of the day.

Annual Lecture

Peter Balakian, April 16th, 2015  7:00 pm ARC  (Alumni Recreation Center)   

Elizabeth Johnson, April 23rd 2015  7:00 pm SSU 241-43 "Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears"

Previous Programming 

2012-13 Program
 2011-12 Program
2000-01 Program
2001-02 Program
2002-03 Program
2004-05 Program
2005-06 Program
2006-07 Program
2007-08 Program
2008-09 Program
2009-10 Program

2010-11 Program

 2011-12 Program