Special Projects

The Capps Center is host to a Fulbright/U.S. State Department “Study of the United States” each summer. Eighteen scholars from countries around the world come to Santa Barbara for a four-week residency followed by a 12-day field trip across the country with visits to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  The theme for the institute is “Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence.” The program began in 2002.

Click here to visit the The Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence 2011 Summer Institute web page.

From 2008 to 2011, the Ford Foundation funded the Capps Center’s study of “Progressive Religion” in southern California. A multifaceted research project, support was provided for eight lectures relating to this topic during this time.