Keynote speakers

Shauna M. Morin

Shauna M. Morin is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS). In this role, she supports an ongoing study of interfaith engagement on U.S. college campuses. Her research interests include religion, spirituality, and worldview diversity among college students; culture and institutional identity at sectarian colleges and universities; and community engagement practices in higher education. Morin earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from North Carolina State University in 2017. Previously, she worked as a student affairs professional for seven years in the areas of leadership development, student life, and service-learning and community outreach. She can be reached at

Jenny Berglund

Jenny Berglund is a Professor of Religious Education at Stockholm University. Her particular area of interest concerns the matter of Islam and religious education. Jenny has collaborated on the editing of several Swedish books, in which her own contributions have generally dealt with Islam in Sweden. She is also working with the project "Religion as a Resource", which concerns the lives, values, relations, leisure time activities and religious interests of Swedens youth populations where she analyzed the responses from the Muslim participants.

Kirsi Tirri

Kirsi Tirri is a Professor of Education and Research Director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She serves as a Chairman of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She is also a Visiting Professor at the St. John's University, New York, USA. Her research interests include school pedagogy, moral and religious education, gifted education, teacher education and cross-cultural studies. She has published 12 monographs and numerous journal articles related to these fields. She serves in 13 Editorial Boards of educational journals. She has supervised 21 doctoral dissertations in education and theology and mentored many postdoctoral students who are now professors and researchers in education. She has led the Finnish team in many national and international research projects.


Ulrich Riegel

Ulrich Riegel is Professor of Religious Education in the Department of Catholic Theology at the University of Siegen. His recent research is on formal and informal processes of learning in church buildings, competencies of RE teachers, and the spiritual qualitiy of Sunday activities. All these projects are empirically, using both, quantitative and qualitative methods.


Updated May 2, 2018