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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, February 9, 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.
POSTPONED: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Recent, interdisciplinary research on religious prosociality confirms that religion helps groups form, thrive, and grow—to include both one’s neighbors and distant strangers. While much contemporary discourse on religion highlights its role in conflict, few features of culture historically have done so much to promote human bonds at a large scale. This discussion will consider social scientific research shedding light on religion’s role in advancing cooperation within groups, as well as its complex role in competition and cooperation among groups.
Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, a group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim coffee farmers in the foothills of Mount Elgon in Uganda sought to work collectively to overcome economic hurdles and challenge ingrained religious prejudices. They formed “Delicious Peace” Coffee Cooperative and partnered with a Fair Trade US buyer and roaster, as a result of which their endeavor has been successful. Today, the farmers’ standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to farmers in nearby regions as well as their coffee customers in the United States.
After the movie, join Tuft's Professor and Rabbi Joseph Summit for a talk about his grammy nominated music compilation, Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda produced by Smithsonian Folkways. The album features music from the interfaith Mirembe Kawomera coffee cooperative in Mbale, Uganda. According to Smithsonian Folkways, the album "aims to overcome religious conflict and bring peace through song and fair trade coffee." He'll talk about his work creating music for social justice and also give us insight into how the coffee cooperative is doing today. Delicious Peace Coffee will be served.