RPP Colloquium 2014–15

Hosted by Dean David N. Hempton and Professor Diana L. Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard, at the Center for the Study of World Religions, this monthly series convened a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, graduate students, and alumni from across Harvard’s Schools and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace. 


Darren KewRPP Colloquium: An Interfaith Partnership for Peace: The Imam and the Pastor in Nigeria

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

  • Darren Kew, associate professor and chair, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; executive director, Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, University of Massachusetts Boston

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History and Horizons of Peacebuilding video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: History and Horizons of the Field

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Diana L. Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies; founder and director, Pluralism Project at Harvard
  • Jeffrey R. Seul, chairman, Peace Appeal Foundation
  • Marshall Ganz, senior lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Northern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: Northern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • David N. Hempton, Dean, Harvard Divinity School (HDS)
  • Margaret E. Smith, Scholar-in-Residence, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, School of International Service, American University
  • Hugh O’Doherty, adjunct lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; senior associate, Cambridge Leadership Associates
  • Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, adjunct professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Father Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., Instructor, Conflict Resolution, Department of Theology, Boston College

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Professor Anne Monius Speaks at Being Peace ColloquiumRPP Colloquium: "Being Peace": Virtues, Inner Cultivation and Positive Social Influence: Hindu and Buddhist Cases in Comparative Perspective and Implications for Peacebuilding

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • Anne Monius, professor of South Asian Religions, Harvard Divinity School (HDS)
  • Leslie Hubbard, MDiv candidate, HDS; former Buddhist nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • With remarks by: Janet Gyatso, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean, HDS; Joseph E.B. Lumbard, assistant professor of classical Islam, Brandeis University; and Elizabeth Lee-Hood, doctoral candidate in the study of religion and Islam, Harvard University

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Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Ann D. Braude, director, Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP); senior lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School (HDS)
  • Rosalind I.J. Hackett, visiting professor of Women’s Studies and Religion and WSRP research associate, HDS; head of Department of Religious Studies, adjunct in Anthropology, and faculty associate at Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee
  • Anila Daulatzai, visiting assistant professor in Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies and WSRP research associate, HDS; socio-cultural anthropologist, Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, adjunct professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv candidate, HDS; co-founder, Women United for Peace through Prayer

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RPP Colloquium: The Race Problem in US and Transnational Perspective: Justice, Religion, and Peace

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • Jennifer S. Leath, visiting lecturer in Women’s Studies and Religious Ethics and research associate, Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP), Harvard Divinity School (HDS); religious ethics and the African diaspora
  • Rod Owens, Masters of Divinity (MDiv) candidate in Buddhist Ministry, HDS
  • Anila Daulatzai, visiting assistant professor in Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies and WSRP research associate, HDS; socio-cultural anthropologist, Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv candidate, HDS; co-founder, Women United for Peace through Prayer

Dr. Donna Hicks Speaks about Dignity at Religion and Approaches to Nonviolent Conflict ColloquiumRPP Colloquium: Religion and Approaches to Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • Donna Hicks, associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; chair, Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict; author, Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict (2011)
  • Yakir Englander, visiting lecturer in Women's Studies and Judaism and WSRP research associate, Harvard Divinity School (HDS); vice president, Kids4Peace International
  • Yousef Bashir, Palestinian from Gaza; master’s candidate, Program in Co-existence and Conflict, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

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Usra speaks RPP PanelRPP Colloquium: Preparing Transformative Leaders for the Religions and the Practice of Peace Domain: Engaged Learning and Collaboration Across Harvard’s Schools

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • Usra Ghazi, Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) candidate, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) presents: "Interfaith Youth Core's theory of change on interfaith engagement, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and narrative as a tool for leadership development and community mobilization, and prospects for international interfaith research" 
  • Benjamin Marcus, MTS candidate, HDS presents: “Engaged religious literacy education learning through the lens of lived religion"
  • Elizabeth Breit, Masters of Divinity (MDiv) candidate, HDS presents: "Mediation: Facilitative listening through conflict, and the HLS Harvard Mediation Program"
  • Angela Thurston, MDiv candidate, HDS presents:  "Harvard-wide approaches to leadership education and making HDS a spiritual hub for the University"
  • Alia Braley, MDiv candidate, HDS presents: "HDS Field Education in nonviolent strategy: CANVAS and the Albert Einstein Institute"
  • Daniel L. Shapiro, founder and director, Harvard International Negotiation Program; associate professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital; affiliate faculty, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School presents: "Transcending conflict: a practical approach to cosmic conflict"

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Charles Hallisey, Madhawa Palihapitiya and Jeff Seul Speak on Sri Lanka and MyanmarRPP Colloquium: Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Religion and Institutions of Civil Society in Conflict and Peacebuilding

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Charles Hallisey, senior lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School (HDS); former president of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
  • Madhawa Palihapitiya, associate director, Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Jeffrey R. Seul, chairman, Peace Appeal Foundation
  • With remarks by: Tajay Bongsa, special student, HDS; Buddhist monk; executive committee member, Global Unites
  • Discussant: Daniel L. Shapiro, founder and director, Harvard International Negotiation Program; associate professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital; affiliate faculty, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

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