The mission of The Center for Religion and Global Citizenry is to increase UW-Madison students’ religious literacy and their facility for communicating across boundaries of faith so that they may function effectively as citizens of a religiously diverse world.

The Center was established in August of 2017 after the closing of the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions in June of 2016. We hope to grow to become the hub for discussion of religious pluralism on the UW-Madison Campus and in the greater Madison community. With several different programs functioning in cooperation, the Center serves the undergraduate and graduate student population as well as faculty, staff, and community members.

The CRGC collaborates with the University Religious Workers on selected projects and is a founding partner of the LOKA Initiative at UW-Madison.

Our Programs

The Interfaith Fellows Program

The Interfaith Fellows Program trains up to 25 undergraduate students to become more knowledgeable about different religious traditions and more skilled at communicating with people from other religious backgrounds.

Interdisciplinary Religion Group

The IRG provides a forum where graduate students and faculty members can workshop research-in-progress, discuss theoretical and practical issues involved in the academic study of religion, and form connections across departments at UW-Madison.

Attendees listen during a Fall 2020 IRG meeting with Vaneesa Cook

The Interfaith Network

The Interfaith Network meets biweekly to discuss local, national, and/or international issues of interest to religious and non-religious students. The group is meant to serve as a bridge between the interfaith fellows and the wider campus community.

IFYC's Interfaith Leadership Institute 2019

The Lubar Institute (2005-2016)

The Lubar Institute created better understanding of the Abrahamic traditions and their interrelationships by encouraging ongoing discussion of these traditions among scholars, members of those traditions, and the general public.


  • Statement on Racial Violence

    We are mourning the recent victims of police brutality George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, among countless others. We offer our prayers and outrage to all victims of racial injustice. …

  • Letter from UW-Madison Religious Leaders

    Dear Badgers, It has been an extraordinary time of unsettling events in our community, nation, and world. We know that your lives have been upended and many of the things you were looking forward to …

  • Statement on the COVID-19 Crisis

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison has suspended all in-person classes and events until April 10 due to our current public health emergency. The ongoing crisis effects our planned programming for spring semester, including our Interdisciplinary Religion …

  • Statement on Recent Religious Violence

    We are again in mourning, this time for the death of one Jewish worshiper and the injuries of several others at the hands of a white supremacist attacker. Chabad synagogue was observing the last day …

  • CRGC’s stance on the New Zealand Attack – Ufaira Shaik

    The death of 49 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was an act of terrorism, a clear manifestation of religious and ideological intolerance. To specifically target a house of worship on a day …

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