Eruditio et Religio Living Learning Community duke university | durham, nc

"How are we, in the United States, to embrace difference and maintain a common life?"

- Michael Walzer, Harvard Law Political Theorist

We think one answer Eruditio et Religio (E&R) Living Learning Community.

E&R helps students build relationships with people of different traditions and prepares them for working together for the common good, through intellectual opportunities, community engagement, and shared life.

What does this look like on the ground?

Intellectual Opportunities

A fall semester house course exploring (inter)religious diversity

Lectures, guest speakers, and programs connecting academic interests and religious practice

Community Engagement

Opportunities to connect learning with the local community, through site visits, service projects, and social action.

Shared Life

E&R is about building friendships through weekly meals, house events, retreats, and trips.

E&R participants live on West Campus within Blue Ridge House (Keohane Quad 4B Upper).


Where does the name "Eruditio et Religio" come from?

Eruditio et Religio is the motto of Duke University, and translates roughly to "Faith and Learning," or "Religion and Knowledge." Bringing these together is one aspect of the rich heritage of Duke University, and we use the name to highlight this history and how it operates today.

Who can apply?

Applications will open later in the fall, and all Duke undergraduates are welcome to apply (unless you are graduating this December or May, that is). The application can be found at chapel.duke.edu/LLC.

Do I need to be a part of a Religious Life group?

Participation in a religious life group is not required. We welcome all applicants: Atheist to Zoroastrian.

Do I have to live on campus?

Yes. Living together is a core feature of the living learning community. Students in the program commit to live in Keohane Quad 4B Upper - Blue Ridge House.

Is there a "syllabus?" Where can I learn more about dates and what I'm committing to?

If you'd like to be sent a copy of next year's syllabus when it is complete, email Kathryn Lester-Bacon at kathryn.lester.bacon@duke.edu.

More Questions? Contact Kathryn Lester-Bacon at kathryn.lester.bacon@duke.edu

And don't forget to check out The Mosaic, Duke's first residential space for prayer, practice, and meditation, located in Keohane Quad (West Campus) 4B401SEM.


Unsplash (Mert Byserk, kychan, Syd Wachs, Faustin Tuyambaze, Peter Hershey, Andre Hunter, Brijesh Nirmal, Daniel Berka), "Mosaic" Jessie Stellini, "Interfaith Peace Bridge" Rinchin Dolma, "VIA Chapel Climb" John Hare-Grogg, "Potato Drop" and "Habitat Build" Christy Lohr Sapp.