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, 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.

RPP Colloquium Event: "Religion and the Sphere of Care and Cooperation: Social Science Research on Religious Prosociality"

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.

Identity-Based Violence Prevention 

Friday, February 17, 2017

This  two-part workshop will be facilitated by Maike Issac, Education Specialist for the Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Harming and Being Harmed (part 1) will foster participants’ understanding of power dynamics and how they play out, on a day to day basis, at Harvard University, on protests, or in shared community spaces. Nonviolent Communication (part 2) will teach participants to differentiate between evaluations and observations, to express their emotions and needs, and to make doable requests from others. Lunch will be provided from 1p-130p and there will be a 30 minute break between workshops.
Learn more about and register for these workshops here. Online registration will close at 5p onTuesday, February 14th. 

Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice: The Pragmatics of Embodied Solidarity in Theopolitical Space

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Please join us for the Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice. It will be delivered by Larycia Hawkins, Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at University of Virginia. The topic will be "The Pragmatics of Embodied Solidarity in Theopolitical Space."

CSWR Screening: Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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.

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace: Drop-in Information Sessions
Several Information Sessions: Saturday, March 4, April 1st, April 29th, 2017
Walk for Peace: Sunday, May 14th, 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.

Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This one-day, interactive conference at Hebrew College will explore the vision of our religious communities as places for higher ground. Hands-on workshops will offer specific skills and practices from the world of conflict transformation to assist communities and leaders in working towards this vision.

Kids4Peace Boston 2017 High School Interfaith Conference

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Kids4PeaceBoston trains and empower youth to become interfaith peace leaders. This conference will focus on bringing together Muslim, Jewish, and Christian teens to take action in combatting Islamophobia, spreading interfaith understanding, welcoming refugees, and taking action on the causes you care about!