Religious Studies Student Association (RSSA) is one of IUPUI’s most active undergraduate organizations. It sponsors films, lectures, and panel discussions that promote understanding of the role of religions in different cultures.

Student leaders are selected each Spring Semester. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in community networking, event planning, public speaking and teaching. All students are welcome to participate in the bi-annual planning meetings.

President: Heather Sturgill (

For more information, please contact the RSSA’s faculty advisor:
Dr. Kelly Hayes (

Future & Past Events (Click on event for PDF)


April 13 6:00-9:00 p.m., a panel discussion on Religion and the Politics of Prejudice, Hine Hall 216

March 2 6:00-9:00 p.m., a screening of the documentary film Going Clear, Scientology and the Prison Belief, Ruth Lilly Auditorium UL0130


October 20 6:00-8:30 p.m., Part One of Religion & Gender, a screening of the documentary film The Virgin Daughters, Ruth Lilly Auditorium UL0130

October 26 11:30 a.m. at Caribou Coffee in the Campus Center: Mentoring Lunch with the Religious Studies Student Association (pizza and more provided!)

November 2, 6:00 p.m., Part Two of Religion & Gender: The Virgin Daughters Panel Discussion, Ruth Lilly Auditorium

April 14, Part Two of MISSION: RELIGION, a panel discussion on the intersection of relgion and mission, Ruth Lilly Auditorium

March 31, Part One of MISSION: RELIGION, a screening of the documentary film God Loves Uganda, Ruth Lilly Auditorium


November 12, Part Two of RELIGION & PILGRIMAGE: a panel discussion on "Sacred Journeys" Ruth Lilly Auditorium

November 6, Part One of RELIGION & PILGRIMAGE: a fieldtrip to the Indianapolis Children's Museum exhibit "Sacred Journeys"

April 23, Part Two of RELIGION & DEATH, a film screening of Calvary, followed by discussion, Campus Center 409

March 26, Part One of RELIGION & DEATH, a film screening of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, followed by discussion, Ruth Lilly Auditorium


November 13, documentary film screening of No One Dies in Lily Dale, followed by discussion, Ruth Lily Auditorium

October 23, screening of Jesus Was a Moonwalker, followed by discussion, Ruth Lilly Auditorium

April 18, "Religion and Music of the African Diaspora", featuring the music and dance of SANCOCHO, Campus Center 405

April 4, "Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Native Music" with Grammy-Award Winning BILL MILLER, Hine Hall Auditorium


November 14, "Religion and Healing," a panel discussion involving traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Christian Science healing, and spirit mediumship; organizaed with assistance from the Pre-Med Club, Ruth Lilly Auditorium

October 24, "Combative Christianity on Campus- On the Offensive or Just Offensive?" Cavanaugh Hall 508

March 26, Dr. Kelly Hayes presents "Intergalactic Space-Time Travelers: The Valley of the Dawn," Ruth Lilly Auditorium

February 3 & February 6, "RELIGION! MUSIC!," Cavanaugh Hall 323A


November 1, Part One of RELIGION, SEX, POWER, "Religion, Sex, Power", a screening of the film The Bandit Queen, Ruth Lilly Auditorium

November 13, Part Two of RELIGION, SEX, POWER, a panel discussion of The Bandit Queen, Ruth Lilly Auditorium