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.
The Niebuhr Institute 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.
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 Region. Grounded in the Franciscan and Catholic traditions, the Center provides education and programming to enhance our understanding of the complicated issues of the day.