The APRIL Summer Colloquium has been offered for over thirty years. It brings together 10-15 participants (scholars in the humanities and social sciences, clergy, artists, activists, community leaders, and others) who work on vital contemporary questions about religious life and social justice. Participants are offered an opportunity for in-depth scholarly exploration of commonalities and differences. By creating an environment conducive to research, open reflection, and scholarly inquiry, participants are encouraged to learn from others who have studied different or convergent topics, bringing perspectives from their different fields.
At the Colloquium, participants spend 2-3 weeks in July together, pursuing individual research as well as gathering as a group for focused and facilitated discussions. Those who are selected for a fellowship are referred to as “Coolidge Scholars” after William A. Coolidge, the principal benefactor of this program. Each Coolidge Scholar works on his or her own project, but benefits by being able to collaborate with others. The collegial relationships that develop within the group are a crucial element of this program and one of its distinctive aspects. The work of each participant is eligible for publication in APRIL’s journal CrossCurrents.
Since 2012, CrossCurrents has partnered with Auburn Seminary in continuing this program.