Upcoming Events

This section provides a partial listing of upcoming events on religions and the practice of peace at Harvard University and beyond.

To submit information on an upcoming event, email rpp@hds.harvard.edu and include the link to the webpage on which the event announcement appears

Join us for the RPP Colloquium Series in 2016-17: "Envisioning Strategies for Sustainable Peace: Exploring Religious Contributions"

Fall 2016: September 22, October 6, November 10, December 1
Spring 2017: January 26, March 2, March 23, April 6

Visit the RPP Series Archive to view videos and full descriptions of past RPP Colloquium sessions. 

The RPP Colloquium is hosted in 2016 with generous support from the El-Hibri Foundation.

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace: Drop-in Information Sessions
Several Information Session: April 29, 2017
Walk for Peace: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hosted by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston, the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder. The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. It is a center committed to healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss.

Rev. Jesse Jackson on "Religion and Conflict Transformation"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hosted at Boston College by the Fr. Raymond Helmick, S.J. Memorial Lecture on Conflict Transformation, this is an address featuring Rev. Jesse Jackson (Founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition). He will be addressing the topic of: Religious Aspects of Human Rights, International Justice and Conflict Transformation In Today’s Global Political Environment. 

Building Relationships Through Conversations and Sharing our Stories on Race and Racism Potluck Dialogue Dinner

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Needham Clergy Association & the CMM Ruah Interfaith Spirituality Program, this is a dialogue dinner in which we share our own stories in small groups and listen closely to others to bridge gaps in understanding and developing empathy. The program will be facilitated by Karlene Griffiths Sekou, an upcoming graduate with a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. She has worked at Judson Memorial Church in NYC, an active leader with Black Lives Matter, and a nationally sought after speaker and panelist. Email info@coopmet.org to RSVP and let us know what you would like to bring for the vegetarian potluck meal: appetizer, main dish, salad, beverage, dessert.

Beyond the Line: "Engaging Difference"

Monday, April 24th, 2017

How do we foster cross-partisan participation on polarizing issues? Seeking areas of shared understanding and common ground despite political differences is challenging but crucial. This talk at Harvard Kennedy School of Government will be facilitated by Dereca Blackmon, Associate Dean and Director, Diversity and First-Gen Office, Stanford University. 

Brandeis Jewish Studies Colloquium: “Beyond Vengeance: Jewish Visions of Justice after the Holocaust”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Jewish Studies Colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and faculty from Brandeis University and other academic institutions around the world to discuss their current research and works-in-progress. The colloquium engages a wide range of topics in Jewish studies from history and thought to political and national identity

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School Presents: "Resolve: Negotiating Life's Conflicts with Greater Confidence"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School will host Hal Movius, founder and president of Movius Consulting and author of Resolve: Negotiating Life’s Conflicts with Greater Confidence. If you dread conflict, you’re not alone. Research suggests that interpersonal conflict is the biggest daily stressor we face, and that most of us go through life avoiding potential conflicts at work and at home, or giving in when we feel pressured. In Resolve, Hal Movius discusses how you can handle life’s negotiations more effectively and with less stress by developing three distinct types of confidence: mastery, awareness, and poise.

Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation Presents: "Understanding Emotion in the Context of Intractable, Intergroup Conflict"

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Recent years have seen researchers making initial steps towards drawing on insights from emotion research in the study of conflicts. Dr. Halperin argues that building bridges between these two communities (i.e., scholars of emotions and those studying conflict resolution) would help us to form a better understanding of core processes in emotion and emotion regulation cannot simply be implanted "as is" into the study of these unique contexts. Dr. Halperin's talk will begin with outlining the importance but also the challenges of integrating these two disciplines. He will detail the contextual factors unique to intractable conflict that must be taken into account when studying emotional processes. Dr. Halperin will close by discussing the challenges facing those wishing to integrate conflict studies and emotion research.

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution Presents: "The Vienna Project, Holocaust Memory and Social Activism"

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Karen Frostig works as a conceptual, interdisciplinary artist, and is President and Artistic Director of "The Vienna Project." She is a writer, cultural historian, and educator, engaged in international activist projects dealing with traumatic memory, inherited erasures, and new forms of testimony. Invited in 2008 to install the "Exiled Memory" project at the Universitat Wien Juridicum, she conceived of and directed "The Vienna Project," in 2013. "The Vienna Project" is a social action, public memory project situated in sixteen districts on the streets of Vienna. The project challenged prescribed habits of remembrance and fixed formulas of memorialization. 

Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership Presents: "Compassionate and Mindful Leadership"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Learn practical, effective mindfulness tools introduced to the UK Parliament, the European Commission, the German Bundestag and the Government of Dubai by the Kalapa Leadership Academy. Keynote address will feature Chris Ruane, former UK Member of Parliament and Board of Trustees, Oxford Mindfulness Group and a mindfulness workshop will be hosted by Sophie Maclaren, Director of the MIndfulness in Business Programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford. Open to all students. 

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Massachusetts Peace Action

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The growing hostility between the US and Russia, North Korea and Iran makes it more urgent to reduce the risk of nuclear war, as do plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons by new ones more suited for first-strike. Nuclear war can be triggered on purpose or through miscalculation, terror or error, and this conference aims to advocate and organize toward reducing this danger. It is not an academic conference, but rather one that addresses the political and economic realities of the new Trump administration, and attempts to stimulate and inform the kinds of social movement needed to change national policy. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church with a great lineup of inspiring speakers. The conference registration includes lunch.

Mindful Civic Empowerment: Tools and Strategies for Mindfulness Teachers and Practitioners

Sunday, May 7, 2017

In collaboration with the newDharma Sangha and Harvard University, we are organizing a group of 40 mindfulness teachers and practitioners to participate in a training to develop organizing tools for mindfulness through practices of meditation, community art, collective reflection, and discussion. Participants will develop and expand on tools to build collective action in their communities through teachings of compassionate practices to promote activism through healing, education about non harm towards the self, others, and the earth. These tools can be taught throughout the greater Boston community and beyond.

Tanenbaum 25th Anniversary Gala: Peace Made Possible

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Every year, Tanenbaum hosts an Annual Awards Gala in New York City to recognize leaders who stand for justice and are combating religious prejudice. Past awardees include Bill Clinton, Elie Wiesel, Madeleine Albright, and Kofi Annan. This year's honorees will include Ban Ki-moon, Libra Group, and Soledad O'Brien. As an attendee, you'll mingle with a diverse audience of hundreds, including many influential figures at the top of their respective professions and fields, while enjoying an evening of celebration and entertainment. 

For all, you become invaluable supporters in the mission of combating religious prejudice--and the vision of a more peaceful future.