Muhlenberg Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding Announces First Friday Program Schedule

The First Friday series is focused on understanding religious diversity in and beyond the College’s local community.

 Tuesday, January 25, 2022 08:57 AM

Each of the Spring 2022 events will be both livestreamed and held in-person on Muhlenberg’s campus. All First Friday events are free and open to the public.

In addition to fostering dialogue and understanding, First Friday events allow faculty across Muhlenberg’s curriculum to participate in conversations around religious and cultural diversity, with topics as varied as history, politics and the arts. For more information, contact

Event Schedule

Daily Talmud Study with Rabbi Seth Phillips
Friday, February 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Sunni Islam with Sh Mohammad Elshinawy
Friday, March 4 at 4 p.m.
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Bahá’í with Bridgette George
Friday, April 1 @ 12:30 p.m.
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Hinduism with Nirmala Sivakumar
Friday, May 6 @ 12:30 p.m.
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

For more information and for a produced and captioned video of previous First Friday events, visit the Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding website.

About the Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding

The Institute for Religious and Cultural Understanding works to cultivate awareness of religious and cultural diversity locally, domestically and internationally. The educational and research goals of the Institute serve two complementary objectives: to enhance religious and cultural literacy and to support reasoned analysis of religion in public discourse. The Institute reaches beyond the borders of the Muhlenberg campus to effect change in the local community and beyond through the cultivation of both a physical and virtual presence.

Professor of Religion Studies William "Chip" Gruen serves as the Institute's director.

The Institute recently launched the ReligionWise podcast. The most recent episode, "Belief, Identity and Conspiracy," features Muhlenberg Associate Professor of Religion Studies Dustin Nash. Download and listen via your favorite podcast app or listen on the Institute's website.

About Muhlenberg College
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; selected preprofessional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City, Muhlenberg is a member of the Centennial Conference, competing in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.