Past Events

Here is a partial listing of past events on religions and the practice of peace at Harvard University and beyond. Videos and audio-recordings are posted when available.

Videos of past RPP Colloquium sessions and RPP talks on special topics can also be found in the RPP Video Archive.

KAICIID Fellows Programme
August 15, 2019

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) seeks dialogue experts from all over the world for the KAICIID Fellows Programme. Fellows will take part in dialogue training from KAICIID experts over the course of a year and implement funded grassroots interreligious dialogue projects in their own communities.

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Women’s Religio-Political Witness for Love and Justice 
July 19, 2019

In her presentation, Rosemary P. Carbine, associate professor of religious studies at Whittier College, offers critical and constructive theological reflection on the theological claims and political praxis of emerging U.S. social justice movements that exemplify a praxis of worldmaking, of imagining and incarnating the world otherwise than rising gender and sexual violence, xenophobic hate crimes, and white nationalist movements. More specifically, this lecture engages feminist and womanist theory and theology to elaborate on love as a theo-political ethic of justice based on the Revolutionary Love Project and its trifold notion of love as seeing no strangers, tending personal and socio-political wounds, and birthing a new future. Pointing out unexpected key parallels with Mary Magdalene, this talk explores her witness as one theological model for women’s ways of doing public/political theology today, that is, of generating alternative possible futures of love and justice.

The U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
July 16-18, 2019

Secretary Pompeo will host the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event will focus on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change. The Ministerial will convene a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.

Boston Art and Music Soul (BAMS) Festival 2019
June 22, 2019

The 2nd Annual Boston Art and Music Soul Festival takes place inside the historic Franklin Park Playstead Field, home to the best cultural festivals and concerts in the City of Boston.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film Screening and Panel
June 20, 2019

Professor Davíd Carrasco will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of the film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, which will be shown as part of the Roxbury International Film Festival. Carrasco appears in the film discussing Morrison's work and life.

This artful and intimate meditation on legendary storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Featuring interviews with Morrison and a number of her peers, critics, and colleagues.

Stories From the Arab Spring: An Evening of Storytelling and Conversation
June 17, 2019

The American Repertory Theater welcomes you to "Stories From the Arab Spring: An Evening of Storytelling and Conversation" inspired by similar live storytelling event, "Palestinians, Live!," and A.R.T.’s current production, "We Live in Cairo." Anyone is welcome to attend this event, both those who have and have not attended a performance of "We Live in Cairo." RSVPs requested. Refreshments and cash bar provided. Cosponsored by the the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and the American Repertory Theater.

Crossing the Line to Freedom: A Musical Narrative
June 14, 2019

In celebration of Juneteenth, Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of Our Skins reprise this impactful concert series showcasing the lives and stories of legendary liberators through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals and history, these inspiring lives take center stage: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes, and Paul Robeson.

2019 HNMCP Art Contest – Call for submissions
Deadline: June 1, 2019

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is excited to announce that they are now accepting submissions for their 2019 Art Award. The award invites original works of visual art (including but not limited to painting, drawing, and photography) that reflect on conflict transformation and speak to the possibilities of overcoming divides through fostering connection. Three winning entries will be awarded $200 and displayed at the HNMCP office at Harvard Law School for a minimum of one year.

The G20 Interfaith Forum
June 2019

The G20 Interfaith Forum offers an annual platform where a network of religiously linked institutions and initiatives engage on global agendas (primarily and including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The annual G20 Summits are a critical time and place where priority global issues are considered. The G20 Interfaith Forum for 2019 will be held in early June in Tokyo, in relation to the meetings of the international "Group of Twenty" (G20) Economic Summit in Osaka later in the month.

OxPeace Conference 2019: 'Peace and the Anthropocene: Humanity, Environment, Sustainability'
May 17, 2019

The OxPeace Conference 2019 aims to explore the challenges to peace, and responses to those challenges, that arise from the ascendancy of human beings on planet Earth and the consequent impacts on our environment. The programme is under construction, but could range from climate change and its many consequences including migration and human rights, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of basic resources (water, food), to fossil fuels, energy policy including nuclear energy, the problem of plastics, the roles of IT and social media, conservation, re-forestation, innovative technological solutions, and the roles of women. What level of human population can this planet peacefully sustain? What answers are there to this question? What ethical, political and practical issues arise?

Science, Religion, and Culture Symposium
May 14, 2019

The SRC Symposium is a day-long research symposium highlighting the work of the program's community, including SRC Junior Fellows, Doctoral Fellows, and Research Associates. It is held annually in May. The research and conversations explore the relationship between scientific, religious, and cultural discourses in the academy and beyond.

The Paris Peace Forum: Call for Projects
Deadline May 13, 2019

Do you have a project which offers a concrete solution to tackle a global challenge?

Get a chance to present it at the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum from 11 to 13 November 2019 at La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris.

You will have the unique opportunity to push your project forward:

  • By increasing its visibility, benefiting from the number of visitors as well as the international media coverage of the event
  • By testing it in front of diverse audiences, through a pitch presentation, as part of a debate, or by scheduling meetings with other participants at your stand
  • By connecting with potential partners: high-level representatives of States and International Organizations officials, directors of NGOs or companies, philanthropists, experts, journalists, etc.

You will also be able to share your experience and knowledge with other project leaders and participants from all over the world.

Feminisms in the Middle East and North Africa
May 6, 2019

A seminar with Soha Bayoumi, Assistant Dean of Harvard College (moderator); Sherine Hafez (University of California, Riverside); Hanan Hammad (Texas Christian University); and Valentine Moghadam (Northeastern University).

2019 Peter J. Gomes STB '68 Honors and Divinity Dialogues
May 2, 2019

The HDS community will mark the 2019 Gomes Honors in a ceremony in the chapel of Andover Hall. Selected annually by the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council, the Gomes Honorees represent the diversity of personal and professional paths that the School's graduates follow.

Please note that this event is at capacity. We invite you to watch Divinity Dialogues online beginning at 1 pm.

Altruism and our Responsibility for the Other: Interfaith (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic) and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
May 2, 2019

A colloquium intended to share with the wider campus community the work of an interfaith and interdisciplinary seminar. Brief presentations on the subject of altruism as a practice in the three Abrahamic faiths will be followed by a discussion.

Contemplative Practice and Justpeacemaking
May 2, 2019

Tom Porter in Conversation with David Jaffe, Bob Stains, and Joan Murray is a celebration of Tom’s contributions in Conflict Transformation at Boston University School of Theology (2004-2019). This event is free and open to the public.

The 2019 Slomoff Lectureship - Community Voices: Responses to Violence in Boston
Apr 29, 2019

Boston in 2016 and 2017 saw a jump in violent crimes and murders after years of low rates. 2018 saw lower rates, but violence remains a concern in many neighborhoods across the city. What is responsible for this violence, and what can the peace, conflict resolution, and nonviolence fields do to help our communities roll back the violence and address its root causes?

Engaging Enemies in the ‘War on Terror’
April 29, 2019

Over the past decade, Matt Waldman has served as a senior advisor to United Nations Special Envoys and international mediation organizations in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Somalia. This has involved direct and indirect talks with Islamist insurgents who are being targeted by the United States. In the seminar, Matt will share his reflections on this experience, including the nature and motivations of insurgents, how they were engaged, the challenges and purpose of such dialogue, and takeaways for future engagement.

Activism and Healing: Actualizing Interdependence Racial Justice Meditation Retreat
Apr 27, 2019

Racial Justice Meditation retreat. Using various forms of meditation and yoga to assist in racial justice discourse.

Sarajevo and Suživot: A Model for Living Together Across Religions and Cultures
Apr 26, 2019

With Thomas Reid, Masters Student, School of Theology This paper examines the history and evolution of religions and religious identities in Bosnia to develop a better understanding of the complexities of religions in Bosnia. It also explores the cultural concept of suživot and its relationship to Bosnian religious identities as a potential model for peaceful coexistence elsewhere.

Vision and Justice
Apr 25-26, 2019

"Vision and Justice" is a two-day creative convening that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice, with a particular focus on the African-American experience. This public event, grows out of the award-winning Vision & Justice issue of the photography journal Aperture (May 2016), which she guest edited. It is organized around a guiding question: How has visual representation both limited and liberated our definition of American citizenship and belonging? Today, in our polarizing cultural climate, it is increasingly pictures that show us worlds unlike our own.

Religious Rigidity and Responsiveness: Impact on Democratic Deliberation
Apr 25, 2019

This is the first of three panels in a research forum on: Religious Thought and Democratic Processes: Threats and Assurances.

A Panel Discussion on Racecraft
Apr 24, 2019

The "Dismantling Racism, Casteism. Similar struggles for justice, equality, and dignity of the historically oppressed groups" seminar series aims to create a space for solidarity and partnership among activists, scholars, community leaders involved in similar struggles across the world. Voices belonging to various minority and marginalized groups will discuss opportunities and tactics to connect, share, and stand together in solidarity against oppression.

Women, Peace, and Power; Film Screening and Panel Discussion
April 23, 2019

Women, Peace & Power was created by Peace is Loud, a nonprofit organization that uses storytelling to advance social justice movement building, with a focus on women’s rights and gender justice. This short film features excerpts from the documentary series Women, War & Peace

Lived Religion and Spirituality in 2019
Apr 23, 2019

How is our lived experience of religion and spirituality changing? Where are the boundaries of religion being tested and transformed? How will scholars and practitioners define and understand religion in the future? Join a multigenerational panel conversation of scholars and practitioners to explore the shifting structures of religious practice and identity and share insights about the emerging landscape of spiritual community.

Storytelling, Public Health, and Social Justice
April 22, 2019

Join Renée Boynton-Jarrett, Boston University School of Medicine, and Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for a discussion on promising storytelling strategies to advance the fight for justice and health equity.

The Sanctuary Movement as an Interfaith Response to a Humanitarian Crisis
Apr 22, 2019

Grace Yukich, Associate Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University, will deliver the keynote address, “A Refuge for Immigrants: The Promise and Challenge of Sanctuary in the United States.” Additional presentations will be made by Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Daryl Ireland, and Jonathan Calvillo. The forum will also feature panelists who were active in the first Sanctuary Movement and/or who are currently active in the new Sanctuary Movement.

Islamic Feminism and the Quest for Gender Equality
Apr 22, 2019

This final workshop in the Gender, Law, and Society Series will explore Islamic feminism and the contributions of feminist scholars challenging patriarchy in the Muslim legal traditions. We will anchor the discussion around the pioneering work of Musawah — a global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family — that debunk concepts of male authority over women in Islam.

Eliminating Health Disparities: A Public Health Imperative
Apr 20, 2019

Join American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) at its National Pubslic Health Conference, for an inspiring day of dialogue and collaboration among health professionals and industry experts. The Conference, co-hosted by Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Diversity and Inclusion, will feature clinicians, researchers, healthcare entrepreneurs, and public health pioneers who will speak about pertinent health topics that impact our communities. The conference is open to all health professionals and anyone interested in improving the health of all Americans.

Witness or Participant? The Ethical, Practical and Linguistic Challenges of Reporting on the 2015 Migration Crisis
April 18, 2019

Patrick Kingsley is an international correspondent for The New York Times, based in Berlin. He previously covered migration and the Middle East for The Guardian. He was named Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards and is the author of two books. He will be joined in discussion by Homi Bhabha, Tobias Garnett, and Parul Sehgal.

Stendahl Symposium: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries
April 16, 2019

The Stendahl Symposium has become an annual HDS tradition in memory of former professor Krister Stendahl. Professor Stendahl tirelessly sought to repair fractions between Jews and Christians, supported the ordination of women, and pushed for the full inclusion and participation of women and minority voices in academia and interfaith work. The conference each year carries Stendahl’s legacy forward by presenting four student papers centered around the topic, “Conversations Across Religious Boundaries.”

Program on Negotiation Film Screening: A Call for Peace
April 15, 2019

A Call for Peace examines the Colombian peace process and offers insight into the challenging task of trying to end armed conflict after more than fifty years of violence. Through in-depth interviews with leading global peace negotiators, foreign ministers and world-renowned diplomats, this new documentary film reveals the importance of respect and the value of open dialogue, while explaining state-of-the-art negotiation techniques and strategies.

Gross National Happiness (GNH) Conference 2019
April 13, 2019

Join Her Excellency Madam Doma Tshering, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York, and other eminent speakers for the Happiness Conference at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) on April 13, 2019. Welcome address to be given by Dean David N. Hempton of HDS. Also experience Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) through a display of its culture and tradition, spiritual rituals, and a rare treat of the hot and spicy cuisine of Ema Datsi (Chili Cheese). For a detailed agenda and the full list of speakers, register at Questions?

Peace is a basic condition that we need to establish both at the individual as well as the community levels for happiness to thrive and flourish and the furtherance of our common goal with the Sustainable Peace Initiative.

Organized by Kinga Tshering, RPP Research Assistant and Project Advisor, Harvard Divinity School student, and founder of the Institute of Happiness (IoH) in Bhutan.

Building Sustainable Peace in Iraq
Apr 12, 2019

One of the most costly and aggressive interventions in American history, the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 ushered in an era of state collapse, insecurity, ethno-religious violence, and new forms of authoritarianism culminating in the rise of ISIL in 2014. Current narratives of Iraq have eschewed tackling questions of transitional justice and post-conflict peace building. This workshop brings together leading experts on Iraq to explore how Iraqi state and society relations can benefit from peace-building paradigms as mechanisms for addressing stalled democratization.

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth
Apr 11, 2019

A screening of the new documentary, Becoming Animal about the work of cultural ecologist David Abram (author of The Spell of the Sensuous), followed by an open conversation with David Abram and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Director of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab).

Women in the World Conference
Apr 10, 2019

Together, participants will explore the dilemmas and dynamics between women and institutions and create strategies that change the institution and the lives of women within them.

Religion and the Whole Human Experience
Apr 10, 2019

Social scientists and commentators are fond of pointing to signs that religion is declining or disappearing, citing everything from membership losses to fewer people who believe in a literal hell and the number of church buildings that are empty. But what if those aren’t the right measures?

Getting to Peace: From Colombia and Venezuela to North Korea and Afghanistan
Apr 9, 2019

Join the Program on Negotiation for a conversation with William Ury. Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.” Ury has a popular TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.” He is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which unites parliamentarians around the world with civil society to bring about a transition to renewable energy.

Faith, War, and Schism: Religion in Russia-Ukraine Relations
Apr 9, 2019

The recent split between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches has been called “the biggest Christian schism since 1054.” Its impact will reverberate far beyond the Orthodox Church, though. This panel will explore the historical, religious, and political context of the split, as well as its effect on the geopolitical landscape, Russia-Ukraine relations, and ecumenical dialogue.

The Commonwealth of Breath: Climate and Consciousness in a More-than-Human World
Apr 9, 2019

By listening close to the diverse ways that air, weather, and climate are spoken of by diverse indigenous oral traditions, we may begin to discern the elemental atmosphere in a far more palpable manner, as a sensuous yet enigmatic dimension of reality intimately bound up with human activity, with spoken language, and even with sentience itself—that is, with the full-bodied sentience not only of humans but of other animals, of plants, and of the animate earth itself.

A Conversation with Professor Valentine Moghadam
Apr 9, 2019

Professor Moghadam will lead a discussion on social issues in Saudi Arabia. Recently, Professor Moghadam has worked on gender dynamics of right-wing populist movements; on the interaction of social norms, institutions, and policies behind low female labor-force participation in the Middle East and North Africa; and on feminist activism as a factor in the divergent outcomes of the Arab Spring.

Restorative Justice in Action with Dr. Fania E. Davis
Apr 7, 2019

To many people, ‘Restorative Justice’ is more a vague concept than a movement that is gaining increasing attention, credibility and action. Dr. Fania E. Davis is a leading voice as a Greeley Scholar speaker, restorative-justice writer and practitioner, as well as professor and scholar. Coming of age in Birmingham, AL during the social ferment of the civil-rights era and experiencing the murder of two close childhood friends in 1963, Fania has developed and practiced a passionate commitment to social transformation, including bringing an active restorative justice program to Oakland, CA.

Arab Conference at Harvard
Apr 5-7, 2019

This is the largest Pan-Arab conference in North America, gathering over 1,000 students and professionals. The conference is intended to create positive and reflective conversations about the Arab World. With many Arabs feeling an urgent need to rebuild their homes in the motherland, re-imagine better futures for their countries, or to build new homes abroad, the conference will be narrated through three main themes, Identity, Influence & Governance, Healthcare, Art, and Innovation.

Shaping Colombia: Towards Sustainable Development
Apr 5-7, 2019

Colombia has set a roadmap to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and multiple efforts have been made both in the public and private sector towards achieving its milestones. Although there is still much to be done, numerous grass-roots organizations, public and private companies, and the government in Colombia are actively responding to the challenges posed by the SDGs. The 2019 Sixth Colombian Conference mission is to raise awareness, and to help augment these initiatives.

The Land and the Waters are Speaking: Indigenous Views on Climate Change
Apr 4, 2019

The ongoing destruction of Earth’s natural systems is the result of decisions, made daily, by billions of people. These decisions are voluntary and involuntary at once, collective and personal. The question must be asked: what is driving our actions? How do we reignite and reimagine a spiritual relationship with this beautiful planet we call home? From traditions around the world, and from within ourselves, how might we create different narratives that honor nature and acknowledge the sacred?

Ethics and Society in Nigeria: Identity, History, and Political Theory
Apr 3, 2019

“Ethics and Society in Nigeria: Identity, History, and Political Theory”, by Nimi Wariboko, Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics, offers a radical political interpretation of history that generates fresh insights into the emancipatory potential of ordinary Nigerians and their precolonial cultural institutions.

Unsettled Citizens Conference
Mar 29, 2019

Even as millions of migrants from poorer countries struggle for citizenship in places like Canada, Europe, and the United States, wealthy families and individuals often have the means to purchase legal citizenship rights in a new country. Prominent court cases have granted the legal rights of citizens to corporations, which are themselves created by the government. Meanwhile, indigenous peoples frequently find their citizenship regulated by nation-states as well as tribal governments. In country after country, ethnic majorities are seeking laws to define citizenship based on race, language, and religion. In other settings, nations seek an ideal of citizenship that potentially erases biological, racial, and religious difference.

The Future of Black Institutions a Symposium
Mar 28-29, 2019

The two days symposium features a forum, a panel, and presentations about black religion black business, and black education and HBCUs.

Remote Sensing Religiosity in the Muslim World: An Initial Assessment in the Turkish Case
Mar 28, 2019

Models of human behavior in the social sciences depend on estimating individuals’ values and preferences, including their religiosity. Most existing measures rely on survey data, but these may suffer from sample-selection and response biases and, even where error-free, are rarely available at consistent temporal intervals and appropriate geospatial scale. As such, an estimate of religiosity that does not rely on direct questioning and is available for smaller geographic units at regular intervals is strictly preferred. Following the growing use of remote sensing in the social sciences, an alternative measure is proposed for Muslim-majority areas: changes in night-time luminosity during the holy month of Ramadan, as captured in satellite images.

Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition
Mar 27, 2019

As part of the Islam in African Brown Bag Lecture Series, Ousmane Kane, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Profesor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School and Professor Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, will deliver a lecture entitled "Transformation of the Pilgrimage Tradition in West Africa".

Keynote RPP Special Interactive Workshops: Emerging Security Threats and Stakeholder Mapping and Negotiation and Alliance Building in Sensitive and Conflict Environments with Multiple Stakeholders
Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14, 2019

Led by Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner and SDG Global Advocate. 

Keynote RPP Colloquium: Promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Women's Leadership, Religion, and Leveraging Scholarship
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dr. Alaa Murabit will discuss the promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting the intersection between women's leadership, religion, and sustainable development. She will present unique examples of women's religious leadership to advance human rights, societal development, and peacebuilding and explore the importance of leveraging religious scholarship.

Featuring Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner and SDG Global Advocate; and moderator and discussant Professor Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding for 2018-19 at Harvard Divinity School; Professor of Religion and Politics and Director of Research, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at Birmingham University; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center at Georgetown University. Cosponsored by the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People
Mar 14, 2019

Dr. Donna Hicks highlights three components of leading with dignity: what one must know in order to honor dignity and avoid violating it; what one must do to lead with dignity; and how one can create a culture of dignity in any organization, whether corporate, religious, governmental, healthcare, or beyond. This book contains key research findings, real-life case studies, and workable recommendations, filling a gap in our understanding of how best to be together in a conflict-ridden world.

OxPeace Negotiation Training Workshop
Mar 11, 2019

Led by Valentin Ade (The Negotiation Studio) and Douglas Carpenter (Coordinator for Economy and Natural Resources of the European External Action Service Department for Africa, participating in a personal capacity; his main interest is the link between national resources and security) with added input from Lord Alderdice (Northern Ireland) and Dr Liz Carmichael MBE (South Africa). This three-day course will cover different types of negotiation, setting up the team, structuring the talks, dealing with setbacks, communication etc. with exercises and simulation. Open to students, academic staff, and practitioners.

Cancelled: Sustainable Peace Café: Movement and Vocalizing for Peace
Thursday, March 7, 2019

How do dance, songs, and spoken poetry allow us to transform ourselves and the people around us? Bring a song to sing, a dance to share, an instrument to play, or a poem to recite. Cohosted by the Joy Club at HDS.

When the Land Speaks: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Land, People & Nature Through the Eyes of the Native Americans of New England
Mar 4, 2019

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a member of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts. He is an award-winning writer, poet, cultural educator, storyteller, drummer/ dancer, and public speaker involving Native American sovereignty, identity, youth sobriety, and cultural and environmental awareness. He travels throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe to schools, colleges, pow wows and other organizations sharing the music, culture and history of Nipmuc people.

Buddhism and Race Conference
Mar 2, 2019

The Harvard Buddhist Community at Harvard Divinity School is pleased to offer the third Buddhism and Race Conference on March 2, 2018. During this conference, scholars, activists, sangha leaders, community members, and students will join together to learn from one another and share justice-oriented teachings and training. The speakers will be sharing their experience working in a variety of Buddhist practice settings and service contexts. We welcome all who wish to connect with other leaders and communities committed to addressing racism from a Buddhist perspective.

Third Annual Black Religion, Spirituality, and Culture Conference
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2019

The Third Annual Black Religion, Spirituality, and Culture Conference is hosted by Harvard Divinity School's Harambee: Students of African Descent. This year's theme is "Blackness at the Margins." They write: “We recognize the depth and multiplicity within which Blackness exists and moves through this world, and as a consequence we seek to understand, to bring to light, as many voices and representations black religions, cultures, and spiritualities hold. We want to harness and cultivate cross movement dialogue, to sit in conversation with one another across religious and spiritual lines that do not often come together at the intersection of Black identity.”

Lessons from a Life in Peace Building: A public lecture by Rev. Dr. Gary Mason
Feb 28, 2019

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict transformation organisation based in Belfast called ‘Rethinking Conflict’. Prior to this, he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process, particularly through his work with loyalist paramilitary groups. In this edition of the Consulate’s ‘Lunch and Learn’ series, Mason will touch on his work with ‘Rethinking Conflict’, his experience in Northern Ireland, and the lessons learned from the Peace Process.

What Can the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC) Do for the Syrians While the War Goes On and Formal Negotiations Are Stalled?
Feb 27, 2019

A talk with Hind Kabawat, Deputy of Syrian Negotiation Committee, and Director of Interfaith Peacebuilding, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University. Ms. Kabawat will illustrate how the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), made up of diverse Syrian opposition groups, is able to make small, but meaningful advances for the Syrian people, in the face of great challenges created by years of civil war. These challenges include millions of refugees and displaced, meddling by self-interested external parties, internal and external spoilers and the refusal of the regime to negotiate a political resolution. From her vast field of experience, Ms. Kabawat will provide examples of decisions and actions taken by the SNC to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, empower the resistance, include women in the political process, and impact the high level political process – all while formal negotiations are stalled.

RPP Special Event: The Role of Reconciliation, Memory, and Theology in Shaping the Public Stage
Wednesday, February 27

Much has been written about the Northern Ireland peace process, particularly on securing the peace. However, as Senator George Mitchell commented in relation to the Good Friday agreement, "If you think getting this agreement was difficult, implementing it will be even more difficult." Twenty-one years after the signing of the Good Friday agreement, those have proven to be prophetic words. Rev. Dr. Gary Mason will explore what reconciliation looks like in a contested space, the power of memory and story in keeping the pain of the past alive, and how theology can move into that contested narrative in a way that brings about dialogue, honesty, and healing. He will also address the current Brexit situation, exploring how Brexit has been a very difficult experience for these two islands.

This event will feature speaker Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, director of Rethinking Conflict; senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland; Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University; faculty advisor and partner to the Negotiation Strategies Institute, a Harvard University program on negotiation; and moderator and discussant David N. Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. 

Cosponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Handling Division in a Conflicted Society: Lessons for the U.S. from the Northern Irish peace process
Feb 25, 2019

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason founded Rethinking Conflict after thirty years of on-the-ground peace building in a conflicted society in Northern Ireland. Throughout his career, he has been based about 200 meters from the peace walls that divided Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast. He played a leading role in establishing the Skainos project in inner city Belfast, a world class urban social justice center, developed in a post-conflict society as a model of coexistence and shared space.

Sustainable Peace Café: Nourishment for the Body and Soul
Thursday, February 21, 2019

What forms of nourishment bring you inner peace and comfort? How can we cultivate peace through sharing recipes or stories of foods and beverages or particular diets that have brought us comfort, love, joy, and connection with ourselves and people around us? Is there a particular food or drink that brings you closer to the people around you, your home, your community, or your identity?

Women and the Holy City: Gender and Contested Sacred Space in Jerusalem
Feb 21, 2019

Lihi Ben Shitrit will discuss her book manuscript, which explores three contemporary women’s movements in and around Jerusalem’s Sacred Esplanade: Messianic Jewish Orthodox women’s activism for access to Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif; Pious Muslim Palestinian women’s activism for the defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jewish claims (the Murabitat); and the Women of the Wall’s (WOW) interdenominational Jewish feminist mobilization against restrictive gender regulations at the Western Wall. Using these cases, the book demonstrates how attention to gender and to women’s engagement in conflict over sacred places is essential for understanding the intra-communal processes that make contested sacred sites increasingly “indivisible” for parties in the inter-communal context.

Reparations for Slavery: The Role of Repentance in Politics
Feb 19, 2019

United States Presidential Candidate, Spiritual Lecturer, and #1 New York Times best selling author of A Return to Love will offer a lecture at Harvard Divinity School titled "Reparations for Slavery: The Role of Repentance in Politics". With and opening talk by HDS student Kassi Underwood, MDiv '19.

RPP Special Interactive Workshop: The Kilombo: Lessons Learned from the (First) Democratic Multicultural Multi-Faith Republics in the Americas
Friday, February 15, 2019

In this session, learn about Afro/Indigenous practices inspired by the countless African and AfroBrazilian Kilombos such as Capoeira Angola. These were considered the first Democratic Multicultural Multi-Faith Republics in the Americas, formed by Africans transported to Brazil in the Middle Passage with Aboriginal Natives, and White Portuguese dissenters from the slave trade. There will be optional low intensity movements. Please consider wearing loose clothing and comfortable footwear you can move in. Black pants and yellow shirt if you can.

Zumbi (Courtney Grey) is initiated in multiple indigenous cultures and co-founded the group—Kilombo Novo “New Roaming Community.” He strives to reconstruct Bantu principles on peacemaking, conflict resolution and serving those most impacted by oppression, trauma, terrorism, and disaster. He has taught internationally, and has served Lakota/Sioux, Cambodian, Bosnian, Cape Verdean, Haitian and several other populations after trauma and disaster including the Marathon Bombing and Parkland, FL. He is published and graduated from MIT.

RPP Colloquium: Indigenous Perspectives on Peacemaking in the Face of Racism, Religious Exodus, Oppression, and Unfair Exposure to Trauma and Disaster
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Reimagine the very definition of peace as we explore the intersection of racism, oppression, urban trauma, disaster, and other social realities faced by those desperately in need of peace. More than the absence of violence and war, we need the aggressive and proactive generation of peace, healing, and bliss under a continuing barrage of compromises to health and well-being. What is peace? How do we create it when there is little? Who deserves peacemaking?

This event will feature speaker Zumbi, founder, Kilombo Novo; director, Trauma Response and Recovery at Boston Public Health Commission, moderator Emily Click, assistant dean for Ministry Studies and Field Education and Lecturer on Ministry at Harvard Divinity School, and discussant David Harris, managing director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

What Do We Owe 'Outsiders'? The Challenge of Managing Large Scale Distress Migration
Feb 7, 2019

It has become something of a truism to say that migration is “the” moral issue of our time. But what are the moral considerations at stake? With cosmopolitans and communitarians locked in battle, with all major world religions firmly committed to an expansive notion of “hospitality”, but rich democracies sliding into increasing, voter- fueled xenophobia, the morality of our obligations to “outsiders” appears fiercely contested. The presentation will address these issues, placing them within the context of international legal obligations and current policy debates over improved migration management.

The Harvard Negotiation Law Review 2019 Symposium: Redressing Harm Through Restorative Justice
Feb 5-7, 2019

Each year, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review organizes a Symposium featuring expert speakers from both the local and broader community to discuss a current topic on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. The annual symposia are organized with the goal of connecting hundreds of participants: students, symposium attendees and panelists, and other experts within the field with each other to foster productive dialogue and knowledge-sharing. This year they will be exploring various applications of restorative justice in the U.S. criminal context as well as post-conflict contexts around the world. This year's symposium will comprise of five separate events held at HLS.

Research Positions at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
Deadline December 9, 2018

The Religion, Conflict, and Dialogue (RCD) Research Center of the Faculty of Theology invites applications for two postdoctoral researcher positions for a one-year period starting on February 1, 2019 (or as agreed). For more information, see the job announcements found here and here.

RPP Colloquium: Natural “SuperCooperation” and the Future of Our Human Family: Evolutionary Dynamics, Altruistic Virtues, and Spiritual Resources
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Evolution is an organizing principle of the living world. While competition is integral to evolution, cooperation can be seen as the master architect of biological complexity, language, and culture.  Human beings have emerged from this evolutionary process as “SuperCooperators.”  Nowak will discuss the scientific interpretation of evolution and its compatibility with Christian theology, which holds that God is the primary cause for all that exists, the creator and sustainer of the universe. 

In conversation with members of the Sustainable Peace Initiative, Nowak will offer insights on how evolutionary dynamics, altruistic virtues of “SuperCooperation,” and spiritual resources can be leveraged to advance sustainable peace and on the potential role of universities.

Featuring Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, moderator Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at Harvard Divinity School, and discussant Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

The World as Person
Dec, 5 2018

Personalism has a new set of tasks in the present and near future. Furst, personalists need to reclaim the territory of “dignity” and “honor” particular to the idea of “person,” by reclaiming personalist strains in the history of thought, and by articulating a logic and metaphysics that ground the relations among the norms of reflection, active thinking, and the sensation/perception complex. A personalist theory of imagination is the most promising path. How should persons conceive themselves to enrich the intensity of personal existing? The answer lies in both limiting and freeing imaginative processes. Suggestions drawn principally from C.S. Peirce will be brought to bear on this task.

This Ain’t Normal: Film Screening & Discussion
Dec, 3 2018

This documentary film depicts the stories of gang-involved youth, entangled in the intractable violence haunting Boston’s neighborhoods, and the StreetSafe Boston social and street workers tasked with helping to transform their lives. This Ain’t Normal examines the individual circumstances behind the violence, thereby gaining a deeper insight and understanding into the issue of youth violence, as it has grown to epidemic proportions in the City on the Hill and the nation.

“Peace Lab” Activity Planning Session with Professor Jocelyne Cesari
Monday, December 3, 2018 from 12 to 2 pm

We are inviting all currently students in degree programs at Harvard University who are interested in this “Peace Lab” activity in Spring 2019 to join us for a planning session with Professor Cesari.  Food will be served.

As part of SPI’s and RPP’s activities in Spring 2019, Jocelyne Cesari, Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding for 2018-19 at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), will organize a “Peace Lab” activity that will bring together students, scholars of religion, scholars of politics, and religious actors involved in peacebuilding in some specific contexts. The goal is to make HDS and Harvard students conversant with the vocabulary and concepts that drive decisions in peacebuilding processes in order to make the scholarship on religion relevant and accessible to various stakeholders. The long-term ambition of such an initiative is to help students gain professional efficiency to address crises that oblige religious actors and policy-makers to interact in any given context. To work toward that goal, Professor Cesari and Harvard students who participate in the “Peace Lab” activity will create the conditions of a laboratory in which students will work on a case study of their choice, by assessing and analysing the situation and providing recommendations for peacebuilding by soliciting diverse resources on campus and beyond (from scholarship to religious activism and policy-making). All Harvard students are welcome to apply to participate in this “Peace Lab” activity.

The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World
Dec 2, 2018

The situation of American Jews today is deeply paradoxical. Jews have achieved unprecedented integration, influence and esteem in virtually every facet of American life. But the community now also faces critical and sometimes divisive challenges relating to intermarriage, religious observance and deeply conflicting views over Israeli politics. In this personal and deeply-reasoned book, Professor Mnookin delves into Jewish history, law and custom to explore how American Jews can collectively sustain a strong sense of Jewish identity in light of these challenges.

Sustainable Peace Café: Tools for Dialogue across Differences in a World of Injustice
Thursday, November 29

Join us for our final Sustainable Peace Café for this Fall. We will have an evening of dialogue and interactive engagement where we will explore tools, such as compassionate listening, for navigating through differences in a world of systemic injustice. By bringing our unique experiences and outlooks, we will take on some of the issues plaguing our society today and attempt to generate sustainable solutions that we can carry with us into our everyday lives and communities.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
Nov 17, 2018 

The new documentary film Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story will premiere Saturday November 17th at 9 pm at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.  The film tells the dramatic story of Howard Thurman, the African American theologian who was the grandson of slaves but went on to become one of the most significant religious figures of the 20th century.  He authored more than 20 books—including the classic Jesus and the Disinherited—pioneered interfaith worship space, and became a leading visionary for non-violent resistance that profoundly influenced Martin Luther King, Jr and the entire Civil Rights Movement.  

Sustainable Peace Café: Creativity and Collaboration for Sustainable Peace
Thursday, November 15

In the spirit of collaboration that is central to the Sustainable Peace Cafés, this second session will serve as a space in which all can come together to create a visual representation of our mutual commitment to the practice of peace. We invite participants to bring this spirit of collaboration into their own contexts, and cultivate friendships across differences in the process. Come prepared to speak briefly about a piece of art, poetry, music, film, etc. that inspires your peace practice, if you wish.

Space is limited.  RSVP is required.

Women, Faith, and Culture Seminar
Nov, 14 2018

Women make a difference in society and in international relations as agents of peace and promoters of development. According to the Women and Foreign Policy Program of the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), their contribution in aforementioned areas is distinctive. They frequently cover responsibility roles in venture capital projects, and their work as negotiators in case of conflict is highly valuable. However their role is still marginalized in some societies due to both religious and cultural taboos. Understanding the reciprocal relationship between cultural and religious norms is critical.

Professor Jocelyne Cesari attended the “Women, Faith, and Culture” seminar promoted by the International Foundation for Inter-religious and Intercultural Education (IFIIE) in collaboration with the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Watch the video of the November 14 talk here.

ADR Career Panel
Nov 15, 2018

Interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution as a career? Want to meet professionals in the field? Join HLSN, HMP, and HNLR for their annual ADR Career Panel. The evening will start with a panel of ADR experts. After the panel, there will be a networking reception with refreshments. The panelists are Nicholas Diehl (MIT Ombudsman), Kyle Glover (Pierce Atwood Associate), Heather Kulp (Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, New Hampshire Judicial Branch), Audrey Lee (Boston Law Collaborative), and Stacie Smith (Consensus Building Institute).

Domesticating the Holy: Women’s Movements and Struggles over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space
Nov 15, 2018

In the third event of the ILSP-LSC Workshop Series on Gender, Law, and Society, Lihi Ben Shitrit, Research Fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, will speak on the gendered dimensions of inter-communal disputes over Jerusalem. The discussion will cover three contemporary women’s movements and their role in this conflict: messianic Jewish Orthodox women’s activism; Orthodox Muslim women’s activism; and Women of the Wall’s Jewish feminist mobilization. Ben Shitrit will demonstrate how attention to gender and to women’s engagement in the conflict over sacred spaces is essential for understanding the intra-communal processes that make inter-communal conflict increasingly intractable.

Using Dialogue to Bridge Political Divides Between Massachusetts and Kentucky
Nov 14, 2018

After the 2016 presidential election, Dr. Paula Green turned her focus to addressing US communal relations fractured across lines of historical enmity and current partisanship. Engaging communities antagonistic to each other because of their political allegiances, she and other residents of her hometown of Leverett, MA, co-created Hands Across the Hills. Modeled on her international work, this 2017-2018 project featured extended dialogues and cultural exchanges between groups from MA and KY. A newly emerging 2019 project will focus on racial divides and include participants from SC, MA, and KY.

Connection Beyond Conflict: Interfaith Solidarity and Peacemaking in the Holy Land
Nov 8, 2018

History has shown that fear, prejudice and violence develops in communities isolated by religion and politics.  Yet our religious traditions can also contain the keys to love, empathy and peacemaking.  The Abrahamic Reunion is a group of spiritual and religious leaders dedicated to uplifting human consciousness and building peace in the Holy Land by opening hearts to the love and wisdom of all spiritual traditions. The panel will feature Deacon Jiries Mansour,  Greek Catholic Deacon and Principal of St. Anthony's Middle School in the Galilee; Rabbi Mordechai Zeller, Rabbi and Chaplain at Cambridge University; and Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, Abrahamic Reunion International Director & Representative.

The Optimists
Nov 8, 2018

The new documentary film The Optimists, produced by Irit Ambar, tells the story of Dr. Tareq Abu Hamad, a Palestinian chemist, who relocates with his family to Kibbutz Ketura in the southern Arava, in order to become the Academic Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. The Arava Institute was founded 20 years ago on Kibbutz Ketura in order to advance cross-border environmental cooperation by bringing together Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and others in an academic program that teaches that “nature knows no borders”.

2018 Parliament Of The World’s Religions
Nov 1-7, 2018

The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world. More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Let’s Disagree
Oct 31, 2018

This fall 2018, the instructors and students of Harvard Law School’s “The Lawyer as Facilitator” course will host Let’s Disagree—a series of three small-group discussions, led by student facilitators as the capstone event of a semester-long facilitation workshop. We aim to convene people with diverse personal backgrounds and political views to address polarizing civic issues. For more information and to see the application please click here.

Voices of Marginalized Americans and Their Mainstream Allies Conference
Oct 27, 2018

The MSA of RCC presents a multicultural interfaith multi-ethnic conference entitled, “The Voices of Marginalized Americans and Their Mainstream Allies."  The goal is to bring together a broad spectrum of our society to examine and repair our current situation.  Registration required.

Transforming Conversations in Divisive Times: Meeting the Challenge in Communities of Faith
Oct 24, 2018

Join the Boston Law Collaborative Institute and several other organizations for a one-day workshop on strategies for faith leaders to facilitate constructive dialogue in our polarized communities. Speakers include Dr. Richard Schwartz and Rev. Mariama White.

How Meditation Works: Self-Cultivation, Context, and Social Imaginaries
Oct 22, 2018

Join the Mahindra Humanities Center for their Buddhist Studies Forum with David McMahan of Franklin and Marshall College.

The New Path to “Yes” – First Steps to Solving Intractable Conflict
Oct 19, 2018

Ten years ago, two experts on negotiation, William Ury and James Sebenius were inspired to apply their research and experience to the Middle East. They launched a cross-cultural bridge building effort through a multi-country network of walking trails tracing the ancient journey of Abraham, patriarch of three great religions. Dr. Ury will share how his experience mediating international conflicts inspired his belief in the power of simple first steps. Professor Sebenius will provide a case study of the Abraham Path’s unlikely accomplishments in strategic negotiation and social entrepreneurship.

RPP Colloquium: Urban Alchemy, Post-Conflict Healing: Art Transforms
Thursday, October 18, 2018

This session to inform the Sustainable Peace Initiative will feature artist Lily Yeh. To heal the wounded, to reconnect the broken, and to make the invisible visible have been the goals of her life’s work. Yeh will describe her most important projects in the US, China, Kenya, and Rwanda, demonstrating how art can be used to heal individuals and transform communities. She will discuss the forces and moments that have shaped her life and work, and will show how her work has inspired others to take action.

Featuring Lily Yeh, MFA, University of Pennsylvania; moderator Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv '15 HDS; Racial Justice Fellow and cofounder of the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative student group at Harvard Divinity School; PhD student, and MSW '17 at Boston College School of Social Work; JD '97, Howard University School of Law; creator of Healers of the Wound; and discussant Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School; cofounder of The Constellation Project committed to cross-disciplinary conversations regarding planetary health and environmental justice; resident of Castle Valley, Utah.

This event will be cosponsored with the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative at Harvard Divinity School.

Taproot: Stories of Nature & Restoration
Oct 17, 2018

This event is an opportunity to open the dialogue about some of the deeper moral questions about how we connect with the people and places around us and see our role in the world.  What is the authority of the awe and reverence we feel in natural settings?  How do we support a different narrative about our place in the world that honors an emotional/spiritual relationship to nature and recognizes that, just as nature takes care of us, we also need to take care of nature?

Writing Syria
Oct 10, 2018

Join the Mahindra Humanities Center for a Reading and Conversation with Osama Alomar, Mahmoud Nowara, and Samar Yazbek, moderated by Riad Ismat. Opening remarks by Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights.

Condemned to Remember
Oct 10, 2018

On a recent journey across Europe, Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental witnessed a resurgence of the xenophobia and extreme nationalism that destroyed the world of his childhood and led to the death of 35 members of his family. In the acclaimed documentary, Condemned to Remember, Reichental sees history repeating itself. In the discussion afterwards, he and Emmy award – winning director Gerry Gregg will reflect on these fears, and the importance for societies to learn from the past and address these challenges today.

Finding Grace After Trauma: Empowering Communities to Heal Together
Oct 9, 2018

Liz Walker has worn many hats over her career, including Emmy-winning journalist, human rights activist, and reverend. Walker is senior pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, where she leads the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, an innovative effort that—in partnership with the Boston Medical Center—addresses the epidemic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a low-income African- American community. Before becoming a reverend, Walker was Boston’s first African-American television news anchor on WBZ TV, serving as a veteran journalist for 21 years. Sent on assignment to cover Sudan’s slave trade, Walker shifted her attention to helping Sudanese women and girls for 11 years, helping to build one of the first schools for girls in the region. She holds numerous honorary degrees and hosts a daily radio show on WROL.

Sustainable Peace Café: Sharing Inspiration & Wisdom for Peace Across Traditions
Thursday October 4, 2018

Come join students and alumni from across campus and community members in nurturing our commitment to the practice of peace and sharing our wisdom and resources! In this first session we encourage you to bring a peace story from your own spiritual or wisdom tradition; a story of a time when you’ve seen a mentor or community enacting peace; or a story of a moment when you helped peace to grow in your own context.

Space is limited. RSVP is required.

Rethinking Malaria: The Role of Faith & Community in Saving Lives
Oct 4, 2018

Anglican church leaders in sub-Saharan Africa have a vision of a malaria-free world. Join us for a panel discussion on the role of faith and learn how religious leaders and communities are working to end malaria for good. 

Diversity and Inclusion in France: From Algeria to the Elysée, the Journey of Bariza Khiari, President Macron's Advisor
Oct 3, 2018

Bariza Khiari is former Vice-President of the French Senate and current President of the Islamic Culture Institute in Paris. She has recently been appointed by President Macron to represent France on the Board of the ALIPH Foundation aimed at promoting the protection of cultural heritage in conflict areas. Through her own journey from her childhood in Algiers to the highest responsibilities in France, Khiari will examine the questions of diversity and inclusion in Europe, focusing on the status of Islam in France, the French Left, as well as the “En Marche” movement and its impact on French and European politics.

Tarun Khanna On Trust
October 2, 2018

Join Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, on his new book, Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, in conversation with Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies.

This event is hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center. This event is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

Truth, Healing and Change: Lessons from the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission
Sep 28, 2018

For many decades, the United States government encouraged the forced removal of Native American children from their families, often placing them into foster care with white families to “assimilate” them, and stripping them of all connections to their heritage. Recognizing the need for change, a group of Native and non-Native leaders in Maine engaged in a series of painful but honest conversations about this difficult topic. As a result, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission was established. We invite you to join us for a discussion with Esther Anne, a Wabanaki community leader who helped establish the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Dawnland Screening and Panel Discussion
Sep 28, 2018

For much of the 20th century, child welfare authorities removed Native American children from their tribal homes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. The feature-length documentary Dawnland chronicles the first official truth and reconciliation commission in the United States for Native Americans and explores the possibilities of healing and reconciliation. A panel conversation and a Q&A session follow the screening.

CSWR Event and RPP Colloquium: The Public Practice of Abrahamic Religions
Thursday, September 27, 2018

It is commonplace today to group the three monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—under the category of the “Abrahamic.” Scholars have investigated the roots, ancient and modern, for this category, and continue to debate its contemporary merits. Meanwhile, practitioners are doing significant work in the wider world under the aegis of the “Abrahamic.” This panel will explore the public practice of the Abrahamic Religions. Panelists will reflect on their work in light of this category, including its strengths and limitations.

Featuring Huda Abuarquob, Alliance for Middle East Peace, Joseph Montville, George Mason University, Stephanie Saldaña, The Abraham Path, and chaired by Charles Stang, Harvard Divinty School. 

An Event of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) and an RPP Colloquium. Cosponsored with the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue.

Space is limited. RSVP is required.

Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A journey of cultures and faiths through Qawwali
Sep 26, 2018

The Riyaaz Qawwali ensemble was established on a college campus in the US 12 years ago. Since then, it has toured the country, debuting in Europe in 2017. Artistic Director and founder of Riyaaz Qawwali, Sonny Mehta will share his personal story from learning classical music to performing qawwali, the musical genre commonly associated with the Sufi tradition in South Asia. He will demonstrate the basics of qawwali, unfolding the relevant musical elements, poetry and important performance aspects. With the backdrop of the history of qawwali in the US, he will share Riyaaz Qawwali’s journey and how the ensemble has found their voice through performances, breaking, in the process, cultural and religious barriers.

Dancing with the Future
Sep 25, 2018

Five dancers and two scientists, including Martin A. Nowak of Harvard University, will take to the stage and push the boundaries of art and science, fusing dance, evolutionary dynamics, and an interactive game. It explores mechanisms of cooperation and investigates a question that is at the heart of all sustainable development: Are humans able to cooperate with future generations? What kind of planet are we willing to leave behind for the people who come after us?

A Refugee in the Land of Refugees: Lessons from the Israeli Asylum System
Sep 25, 2018

Over the last two decades a number of refugees, mostly from Africa, have arrived in Israel seeking political asylum. Israel set up a regime to deal with them, which has lately become increasingly exclusionary. Earlier this year the issue erupted into a political crisis. This talk will describe these processes in a comparative context, through a conversation between Mutasim Ali, a recognized refugee from Sudan, a law student and a community leader, who will share his personal journey, and Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir, a leading legal scholar in this field.

Reflections on a lifetime effort to bring peace to the Middle East: An interview with Professor Kelman
Sep 24, 2018

Herbert C. Kelman has been engaged for many years in the development of interactive problem solving, an unofficial third party approach to the resolution of international and inter-communal conflicts, and in its application to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with special emphasis on its Israeli-Palestinian component. The interview will be conducted by Donna Hicks, Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

The Right to Peace – hosted by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Sunday, September 23

The United Nations has established "The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70" as the theme for this year's International Day of Peace. Join Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Friends Meeting at Cambridge and the St Paul AME Church, along with other partners, on the Boston Common in a day of music, dance, song, poetry, artwork and peace education.  Registration is required.

"The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70"
Friday, September 21

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September.  Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. This year's theme is "The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70." Click here to see how you can get involved.

Transformative Justice Series: Circle Up Film Screening & Discussion
Sep 20, 2018

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice launches this year’s Transformative Justice Series of events with a screening of the documentary film Circle Up, the story of a grieving mother, the men who murdered her son, and the unexpected relationships they create to prevent more violence. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. The screening is a fitting follow up to last year’s screening of Tribal Justice, which chronicled two Native American justices applying the practice in their courts.

Leading with Dignity Book Release
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dr. Donna Hicks, RPP affiliate and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, has released a new book: Leading with Dignity.  This landmark book from an expert in dignity studies explores the essential but under-recognized role of dignity as part of good leadership.  Extending the reach of her award-winning book Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, Donna Hicks now contributes a specific, practical guide to achieving a culture of dignity.  Most people know very little about dignity, the author has found, and when leaders fail to respect the dignity of others, conflict and distrust ensue.  She highlights three components of leading with dignity: what one must know in order to honor dignity and avoid violating it; what one must do to lead with dignity; and how one can create a culture of dignity in any organization, whether corporate, religious, governmental, healthcare, or beyond.  Brimming with key research findings, real-life case studies, and workable recommendations, this book fills an important gap in our understanding of how best to be together in a conflict-ridden world. Registration required.

Dr. Janet Dewart Bell: Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Sep 12, 2018

In Lighting the Fires of Freedom Janet Dewart Bell shines a light on women’s all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Through wide-ranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism, as Bell vividly captures their inspiring voices. Lighting the Fires of Freedom offers these deeply personal and intimate accounts of extraordinary struggles for justice that resulted in profound social change, stories that are vital and relevant today.

Program on Negotiation Open House
September 11, 2018

Come meet PON faculty from Harvard, MIT, Tufts and other schools in the Greater Boston area. Find out how you can be involved, get information, learn about the PON Student Interest Group, and become a great negotiator, conflict resolver, or mediator.

This event is hosted by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Rededication to Resiliency: Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom Hashoah
June 10, 2018

This past summer in two separate acts of vandalism, ominously reminiscent of Kristallnacht almost 80 years ago, two of the iconic glass panels of the New England Holocaust Memorial were shattered. We will rededicate the now fully restored New England Holocaust Memorial in a symbolic gesture of our resilience and perseverance.

The commemoration will feature Rabbi Alan Turetz, a second-generation Holocaust survivor of Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill, survivor testimony from Esther Adler, and the winners of the 12th annual Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest. Please register for the event here.

Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World
May 11, 2018

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In his first book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, Ambassador and global conflict leader, Rick Barton, uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries Anniversary Fundraising Dinner 2018 Keynote Speaker: Rev. Liz Walker "The Moral Courage for Public Policy"
May 10, 2018

"Moral Courage for Public Policy": What does this mean? Why do communities need to be a part of shaping public policy? What areas do they want involvement in? What are some examples in communities already? How do WE participate in society? It will be a night of music, community awards, and a great way to meet people across our different constituencies. Roxbury Presbyterian Church's senior pastor, Reverend Liz Walker, joined them in December of 2011. Rev. Liz, an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a veteran television journalist, the first African-American weeknight news anchor in Boston.

RPP Colloquium: The Role of Ethics, Law, and Policy in Promoting a New International Security Paradigm, a conversation with Ben Ferencz, International Peace Advocate and Former Nüremberg Prosecutor
May 3, 2018

The promotion of more just and peaceful societies is a fundamental goal of the United Nations (UN). In response to the spike in violent conflict worldwide and unparalleled levels of forced displacement, the UN broke new ground in 2016 with two “peacebuilding resolutions,” which set forth a new UN approach to “sustaining peace” that addresses “all stages of conflict” and “all its dimensions.” Join us as we explore what law, policy, and ethics can teach us about “sustaining peace” and how the UN can be assisted in forging a more coherent vision of this new paradigm.

Featuring Benjamin B. Ferencz, JD ’43 HLS, recipient of the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom 2014, and former United States prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nüremberg; respondent Gabriella Blum, LLM ’01, SJD ’03, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, faculty director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC), and member of the Program on Negotiation executive board at Harvard Law School; respondent J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Kennedy School, secretary for social services of the Archdiocese of Boston; and moderator Federica D’Alessandra, LLM, 2013-16 Fellow and 2010-12 Associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, 2016-17 Visiting Scholar/Researcher at HLS, 2017-18 Fellow at HDS, and 2016-18 RPP adviser.  

Co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.  

Watch video: May 2018 RPP Colloquium with Ben Ferencz on Ethics, Law, and Policy in International Security

Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-Racist Practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment & Resistance
Begins May 1, 2018

Do you want to join a community of people of faith and conscience committed to taking action as well as practicing reflection? Are you seeking ways to offer grounded solidarity that don't reproduce oppressive practices? Have you ever gone to an immigration (ICE) check-in or court to support a person at risk of deportation? Is your congregation part of the New Sanctuary Movement, or talking about joining?

Join a four-session monthly online course that explores these ideas and more.

Interfaith Youth Initiative 2018 IFYI Summer Fellowship Deadline
May 1, 2018

IFYI is an interfaith, week-long immersion experience in August for young leaders (high school age) that provides an opportunity to meaningfully engage with important global and local issues through the lens of their own faith tradition and spiritual identity as well as the different faith traditions and spirituality of others. We bring together delegates from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other faith traditions for training in transformative, interfaith leadership and peace building skills.

Who Wants to Go to War with Iran, Why, and to What End?
May 1, 2018

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series presents Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political science at Boston College and the Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies. He served as the founding editor of the journal of Iranian Studies, from 1968 to 1982. He is a past President of the Association for Iranian Studies (AIS), of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World.

The Future of Indigenous Self-Governance & Self-Determination
April 30, 2018

Join the The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development for a very special Forum event that they are co-sponsoring with the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Institute of Politics Forum is Harvard’s primary venue for public political discussion and draws world leaders from numerous fields, providing the opportunity for serious discussion

The Land Beyond: 1000 Miles of Negotiations through the Heart of the Middle East
April 25, 2018

In December 2015, Leon McCarron set off from Jerusalem to walk 1000 miles through the heart of the Middle East. The five-month-long journey took him through the rolling green hills and terraced olive groves of the West Bank; the deep chasm-like wadis and ancient kingdoms of Jordan; and vast, rugged deserts of the Sinai Peninsula. Working on the premise that the brain works best at 3 miles per hour, this talk will explore the various layers of culture, history, faith and politics at work in the bubbling cauldron of one of the most complex and compelling places on earth – the Holy Land.

Race, Religion, and Rebellion: Recovering the Antebellum Writing and Itinerant Ministry of Zilpha Elaw
April 25, 2018

Kimberly Blockett, Visiting Associate Professor of Women's Studies and African American Religions, and Colorado Scholar from Penn State, Brandywine, will be presenting “Race, Religion, and Rebellion: Recovering the Antebellum Writing and Itinerant Ministry of Zilpha Elaw”.

The Future of Political Islam: Trends and Prospects
April 24, 2018

The Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the state of political Islam and the questions and myths that surround its development, featuring Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham; Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University; and Director of the Islam in the West Program at Harvard University. To hear the discussion as a podcast, click here.

Networking Dinner for the Sustainable Peace Initiative
April 19, 2018

This year, members of the Harvard community have begun incubating a Sustainable Peace Initiative (SPI), which aspires to grow into a global trend. Now, we’re inviting you to connect with us and interested others in greater Boston to share how you might advance the SPI mission in your contexts, what supports you need, and how Harvard might contribute.

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: J. Bryan Hehir
April 16, 2018

In the thirteenth talk of the series, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, J. Bryan Hehir will give a talk titled: The Time of Trump and the Papacy of Francis: Contending Conceptions of Rights, Duties and Relationships.

Religious Pluralism and the Humanist Community
April 15, 2018

Join Professor of Comparative Religion at Harvard Divinity School and Founder and Director of The Pluralism Project Diana Eck for a conversation about Humanism and religious pluralism.

Symposium on Islam and Sectarian De-escalation
April 14-15, 2018

The First Annual Symposium on Islam, Dialogue, and Sectarian De-Escalation at the Harvard Kennedy School has gathered a diversity of voices from leading scholars, religious authorities, civic community leaders, and policymakers alike to push forward analytical understanding and dialogue on the pressing topic of sectarianism in the Muslim world.

Being Muslim Today: Building Bridges in an Age of Uncertainty
April 13, 2018

Join the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program for a lecture titled, given by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University.

Film Screening: The Peacemaker
Premiers April 13, 2018

The Peacemaker follows international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself.

The film takes us from Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq over five years – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.

Stendahl Symposium: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries
April 11, 2018

The Stendahl Symposium has become an annual HDS tradition in memory of former professor Krister Stendahl. Professor Stendahl tirelessly sought to repair fractions between Jews and Christians, supported the ordination of women, and pushed for the full inclusion and participation of women and minority voices in academia and interfaith work. The conference each year carries Stendahl’s legacy forward by presenting four student papers centered around the topic, “Conversations Across Religious Boundaries.”

Criminalizing Muslim Youth: Soft Surveillance in Schools
April 5, 2018

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is a campaign driven by intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies that claims to steer people off pathways to “extremism” by extending “soft surveillance” into non-profit institutions, mosques, and health, education, and social services sectors. CVE often directs communities to watch for indicators that are extremely common, such as “children…becoming confrontational,” providing an invitation to profile using implicit biases. CVE in the US is modeled after PREVENT in the UK, which has had especially awful impacts on Muslim, Black, LGBTQ and refugee communities. The recruitment of trusted teachers and mental health service providers as spies and deprogrammers disrupts our children’s education and obstructs marginalized communities’ ability to use health services with privacy and dignity. Let us educate ourselves as a community of educators about the challenges we may face as trusted educators, and for us to leave informed about this critical measure pervasive in schools, and reflect on our role as educators in this new reality.

Inside Out / Outside In: Spirituality in Social and Environmental Justice
April 4, 2018

Prathima Muniyappa, an architect at the Harvard Design School on how to repair or re-imagine destroyed sacred groves in India and how myth can be designed. Tim Gallati, a sound artist and graduating MDiv at Harvard Divinity School, on experiences of “silence” in nature and contemplative practice with applications in virtual and augmented realities. Greer Simpkins Epstein, a socially-engaged lingerie designer and feminist entrepreneur of Hello Beautiful, offers insights into the fashion world and how to re-imagine how women see themselves, how business practice and product materials can be ethically engaged and environmentally sourced, and the lines of connection between spirituality, sexuality, our personal lives and consumer choices, and manufacturing. 

Traci Blackmon: STH Lowell Lecture
April 3rd, 2018

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets & publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, has gained her international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama.

Constitutionalizing the Muslim State: Issues, Agreements, and Disagreements
April 2, 2018

Join the Islamic Studies Department at Harvard for the Alwaleed Faculty Supper Colloquium titled: Constitutionalizing the Muslim State: Issues, Agreements, and Disagreements. A lecture by Malika Zeghal.

Of Hoopoes and Dybbuks: Lunchtime Poetry Reading with Ewa Chrusciel
April 2, 2018

Ewa Chrusciel’s writing revolves around the issues of dislocation, immigration, exile, and cross-cultural desire. Her migratory poems and narratives are distinctly errant. They're haunted by a childhood lived under a Communist regime, by the austerity of Eastern block politics, and by the possibility of discovering a fleeting language in whose very excesses are carried the seeds of illicit revelation, spiritual transformation and ethnic insight. In her newest book, Of Annunciations, Chrusciel maps the biblical event of annunciation onto the current migration crises. Her book investigates the question, "What does it mean to say “yes” to a stranger?" Through prayer, lament, and lullaby, Chrusciel attempts to give voice to the voiceless and find healing in what seems to be an insurmountable rift of dislocation.

Muslim Women’s Piety and Agency: The Case of the Women’s Piety Movement in West Bank, Palestine
March 29, 2018

Join the Women's Studies in Religion Program for a presentation and discussion with Ferial Khalifa, PhD, Visiting Scholar of Women's Studies and Islam. The event will take place in the Braun Room of Andover Hall at noon. Lunch will be served.

Tribal Justice: Film Screening and Discussion
March 29, 2018

In Tribal Justice, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working.

Film screening followed by remarks by the film’s executive producer Ruth Cowan, HGSE student and FIERCE member Morgan Christopher, and HLS student and NALSA member Chad Mata.

A Film Screening of Sand Storm
March 28, 2018

The film Sand Storm takes place behind closed doors in an “unrecognized” Bedouin village in the Israeli Negev Desert. The drama turns on the ways in which people in a tradition-bound culture come in conflict with modernity and opportunities. Women, especially younger women, must come up with new strategies to negotiate multi-faceted challenges relating to rules created by men, by their elders, and by the larger Israeli society, represented by the government.

2nd Annual Black Religion, Spirituality, & Culture Conference
March 22-23, 2018

The 2nd Annual Black Religion, Spirituality and Culture Conference at the Harvard Divinity School will focus on Activism and Community in Scholarship. The conference will explore the links between activism, community, and scholarship and how scholars and practitioners combine these three in the work that they are engaged with. It will also explore the implications for this embodied scholarship and activism within academia, religious and nonprofit organizations, communities, and society at large.

Boston Theological Institute: Loving and Listening: Theology Students Breaking Bread Together
March 22, 2018

As future clergy, scholars and community leaders, theology students in Boston will need to learn to communicate across deep divides of faith and spirituality. “Loving and Listening” is a series of conversations spurred on by the Lenten season of reflection and consecration where students from all religious traditions are invited to hear one another’s stories. RSVP by emailing Kelly Steinhaus at and please indicate any dietary needs. Look for upcoming event details on facebook.

The Racial Justice Symposium
March 16, 2018

The Racial Justice Symposium (RJS), Racial Trauma & Healing in Social Work: Research, Policy & Practice, is a student-run event that aims to bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners within the field of Social Work. The inaugural symposium is designed to provide participants with resources and tools to analyze the multiple manifestations of racism and racial oppression and frame their work through a combined micro and macro lens. The Racial Justice Symposium is presented by Social Work Umoja and sponsored by the Research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) and the Office of the Dean of the Boston College School of Social Work.

Climate Church, Climate World
March 15, 2018

Why should people of faith engage the issue of climate change – and how should we do it? Join us as Rev. Antal presents a compelling case that it’s time for religious communities to meet this moral challenge and to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation. Join the School of Theological Studies at BU for a book signing.

Moral Courage and Guns
March 14, 2018

Join panelists Kenneth Elmore, BU Dean of Students, Cornell Brooks, STH/LAW Visiting Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Justice Movements, Judith Oleson, Co-Director of the STH Religion and Conflict Transformation Program, and Abrigal Forrester, Director of Community Action, Madison Park Development Corporation, to explore the topics of moral courage, gun violence, and advocating for gun legislation.

Conference on Islam and Toleration
March 1-2, 2018

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to announce our upcoming conference on Islam and Toleration with a keynote address by Khizr M. Khan. This conference aims to explore the concept and realities of toleration in the Islamic tradition with a focus on contemporary work, from Asia and Africa to Europe and the United States.

RPP Colloquium: Ministry to the Marginal: The Power of Partnerships
March 1, 2018

Violence is not inevitable in stressed and oppressed communities and the building of peace in those communities requires the building of bridges between unlikely collaborators. That's the lesson learned in Boston over three decades of trying to change the trajectory of proven-risk youth and their families.

Featuring Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, MD ’75, MA ’82, AB ’71, pastor and founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, chairman and co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition, and executive committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance, Boston, and moderator Stephanie Paulsell, PhD, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, formerly associate dean for ministry studies and Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at HDS.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Watch video: March 2018 Colloquium on Ministry to the Marginal 

Let’s Disagree
March & April, 2018

Over the course of three evenings in March and April, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program will host Let’s Disagree—a series of small-group discussions led by trained facilitators. Our aim is to convene people with diverse personal backgrounds and political views to address polarizing civic issues. Let’s Disagree is designed to explore deep differences of opinion and experience in a facilitated setting that encourages participants to embrace and learn from conflict. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and members of the greater Boston community.

Screening of "HARAM" with Cynthia Madansky
February 26, 2018

"ḤARĀM" is an essay film portraying the urgent contemporary situation at the Haram Al Sharif/ Noble Sanctuary in the Old City of Jerusalem reflecting on the growing Temple Mount Faithful movement whose goal is to build the Jewish Third Temple on this holy landscape and in turn to assert Jewish sovereignty over this holy Muslim site. Cynthia Madansky will discuss her film following the screening. Bio: Cynthia Madansky is an award winning filmmaker and painter. Her films integrate hybrid forms of cinematic traditions including autobiography, experimental methodologies, cinema verité, scripted narrative, ethnographic observation as well as dance and performance. She is a current fellow of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Models of Interfaith Leadership in an Age of Polarization
February 26, 2018

Join the Pluralism Project in the Thompson Room of the Barker Center for a panel and discussion featuring Diana Eck, Professor, Harvard University and Director, The Pluralism Project; Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core; Jennifer Peace, Associate Professor of Interfaith Studies, Andover Newton Theological School; and Rabbi Or Rose, Director, The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership, Hebrew College.

Veils and Pink Hats: Contemplation, Community, and Action in Anglican/Episcopal Women’s Religious Orders
February 20, 2018

The monastic life requires managing the tension between prophetic engagement and contemplative practice. Sr. Sarah Randall of the Society of St. Margaret will explore the landscape of Anglican Women’s religious orders, as well how this ancient vocation finds its expression in seeking social justice.

Sister Sarah Randall has been a member of the Society of St. Margaret, based in Duxbury, MA, since 2000. An alumna of the Episcopal Divinity School, she was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2011, and has served in Chelsea, MA, as well as with the Society of St. Margaret community that is based in Haiti.

This event is hosted by the Center for the Study of World Religions

The Islamic Jesus featuring: Mustafa Akyol
February 15, 2018

Religious tensions between Islam, Christianity and Judaism are some of the most complex, consequential and ominous challenges in today’s global community. Mustafa Akyol, a prominent Turkish journalist and Muslim intellectual, offers an unexpected possibility for building bridges between the three Abrahamic faiths: the Islamic Jesus—that is Jesus as he shows up in the Qur’an. Come hear and discuss the “provocative,” “timely and important” insights from Akyol’s new book The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.

Keeping Faith: Three Sisters of Story
February 12, 2018

Three exceptional storytellers, Rohina Malik, Susan Stone, and Kim Schultz, will share stories from their own faiths – Christian, Muslim and Jewish – to transcend differences through a shared belief in the power of compassion and connection.

RPP Colloquium: Why Nonviolent Civil Resistance Works: Highlighting the Power of Spiritually-Engaged Communities in Movements for Sustainable Peace
February 8, 2018

This colloquium explores some of the key challenges that nonviolent resistance movements face, including obstacles to building and maintaining movement cohesion, ensuring effective communication, and gaining political leverage; how advocates of principled nonviolence (who promote nonviolence on a moral basis) often clash with advocates of civil resistance (who promote nonviolent action on a strategic or utilitarian basis); the ongoing debate on diversity of tactics; and the ways in which power and privilege undermine solidarity. The colloquium highlights the power of women in these movements and addresses ways in which spiritually-engaged communities are well-positioned to address many of these key movement challenges.

Featuring Erica Chenoweth, PhD, Professor and associate dean for research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and fellow, One Earth Future Foundation, and moderator and respondent Jocelyne Cesari, PhD, Professor and chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, U.K., Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society at the Australian Catholic University, and Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics at Harvard Divinity School.  

Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Watch video: February 2018 Colloquium on Nonviolent Civil Resistance

Claiming God's Peace When Whiteness Stands Its Ground
February 7, 2018

The Center for the Study of World Religions’ Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice will be delivered by Kelly Brown Douglas. This lecture will examine the social/political and theological implications of whiteness as an impediment to living into God’s justice. Special attention will be given to the implications for the church as well as theological education.

Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. She is the author of many articles and five books, including Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God which was written in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Professor Douglas’s academic work focuses on womanist theology, sexuality, and the black church. She was formerly the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion at Goucher College.

RPP Colloquium: The Church as a Reconciling Presence in a World of Conflict: The Role of Religion in International Conflict Transformation
January 25, 2018


Is religion a cause of violent conflict or a catalyst for its transformation? Do faith leaders have a role at the international peacebuilding tables? Current international affairs highlight the power of religious ideologies—and their misappropriation—as a catalyst for social action. They have also prompted unprecedented interest in the role of religious leaders and ideologies to transform conflict and violence.

The keynote session of the fourth annual RPP Colloquium dinner series will feature Canon Sarah Snyder, PhD, Archbishop of Canterbury's Director of Reconciliation, and The Right Reverend Anthony Poggo, Advisor for Anglican Communion Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and former Diocesan Bishop of Kajo-Keji, South Sudan, who will share their experience of working in conflict zones and reflect on vital lessons for the contemporary world. 

The session will be moderated by David N. Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity.

Co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. 

Watch video: January 2018 Colloquium on The Church as Reconciling Presence


28th National Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial Service: The Longest Night Of The Year To Be Without A Home
December 21, 2017

Housed and un-housed people are all invited to celebrate and memorialize those we have lost in the past year. We will do this in music, prayer and stories as we read the names of all our marginalized neighbors we have lost to the streets. All faith traditions are encouraged to attend and faith leaders are asked to attire according to their tradition. A light meal will follow.

MLTalk: Transhumanism - Searching for the Spirit in the Machine
December 19, 2017

Artificial intelligence has become the catchphrase of our time, mediating great hopes and fears in anticipation of a new era in human history. Some expect that we’re going to merge with machines and upgrade ourselves into God-like beings with divine abilities of creation and destruction. Others fear that machines will surpass their human creators and take control over our world. We aim to scrutinize these perils as part of a larger, intercultural dialogue, where preconceived dualisms are challenged. 

The Narrative of Islamophobia in European Media
December 8, 2017

The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University Colloquium with Sana Haque, Pardee School of Global Studies. The first half of the session will include feedback on Sana's paper, and the second half will be her response. Sana Haque's paper aims to analyze the rhetoric on Islamophobia in Europe in traditional and new media. It also considers the counter-narrative developed by the Muslim community to undermine negative stereotypes. The paper argues against the idea that Muslims are passive in the face of Islamist terror and Islamophobia. This counter-narrative not only subverts stereotype but also builds understanding and allows Muslims to actively reshape their own identities. 

Prayer and Action in the Work of Justice
December 6, 2017

How can contemplative prayer motivate community activism? Can one live a monastic life while responding to the demand for justice in the world? And where does collaboration and movement building fit into it all? Join us for a conversation with Rev. Janie Walker, the co-pastoral director of Richmond Hill, an intentional Christian community committed to social justice in Richmond, Virginia.

How to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’: Lessons from Hegel on Conflict and Reconciliation
December 6, 2017

The Boston University Institute for Philosophy and Religion presents their 2017-2018 lecture series: Love and Hate. Fall 2017 marks the third and final year in a three-year exploration of the theological virtues and their opposites: faith and doubt, hope and despair, love and hate. These virtues have important resonances in classical philosophy and throughout the Western tradition of philosophical and religious reflection about what it means to live a good life. This is true of faith and hope, and is even more true of love. Aristotle said that no one would choose to live without friendship. Would anyone choose to live without love? What is love? How does it develop? How is it related to happiness? How is it related to hate? These questions, and others like them, lie at the heart of religious reflection in many different traditions. This series will explore the possibility of an answer. This lecture is given by Molly Farneth, Assistant Professor of Religion at Haverford College.

Tanner Lectures - Social Justice Action: How We Change the World
December 6, 2017

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption‎, will deliver a lecture followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include Homi Bhabha, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, Drew Faust, President, Harvard University, Nancy Gertner, Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, and Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University. The event is sponsored by the Mahindra Center and the Office of the President at Harvard. It is free, but tickets are required.

Merrimack College Spirituality Series: Islamic Spirituality with Chaplain Shareda Hosein
December 5, 2017

Shareida Hosein served as the US Army's first female Muslim Chaplain. Join her and the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College for an evening of shared dialogue.

Kids4Peace Camp Information Session
Information session: December 3, 2017

Kids4Peace Boston is looking for Muslim, Jewish, and Christian current 6th and 7th graders to join us for 8 days of summer camp fun (swimming, boating, sports, hiking, arts and crafts and more) on the shores of a crystal-clear lake in the mountains of New Hampshire. The camp is open to youth who live in the greater Boston area and are in the 6th or 7th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. Kids4Peace campers are open-minded; like to try new experiences and make new friends; and are eager to share about their lives, cultures, and religious traditions. To learn more and submit an application, visit the camp's website.

When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in Antisemitism and Islamophobia
November 30, 2017

Zia-Ebrahimi builds on recent comparative research on antisemitism and Islamophobia to argue that the two display similar dynamics in representing their target population as a hostile race (a process referred to as ‘racialization’). His research suggests that conspiracy theories of the ‘world Jewish conspiracy’ type, and their Islamophobic equivalent, the ‘Islamisation of Europe’ type, are powerful enablers of racialization, something that the literature has so far neglected. To show the similar dynamics of what he calls ‘conspiratorial racialization’, Zia-Ebrahimi provides a textual comparison between The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1903) and Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis (2005). This event is hosted by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and the Center for the Study of World Religions.

Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law
November 28-29, 2017

Organized by the Julis-Rabinowitz Program  on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, this 2-day conference aims to explore several specific, interlocking aspects of the dynamic struggle to conceptualize, govern, and control the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site. In particular, the goal is to illuminate the present and future of the site through analysis of its complex history, the evolving religious beliefs and practices that are attached to it, and the intricate legal frameworks in which it is enmeshed both at the present moment and in possible future configurations associated with a peaceful settlement between Israel and Palestine. The ultimate justification for this approach is the view that the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is an important lynchpin in a struggle of global importance, one that merits close attention and engagement by people everywhere. To achieve these goals, the conference will convene leading scholars of history, religion, culture, and international law to approach these questions from a range of directions.

Association of Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Launch, Lunch, and Workshop
November 17, 2017

You are invited to participate in the launch of the Association for Interreligious/Interfaith Studies (AIIS) at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual meeting taking place in Boston this November. In response to five years of successful growth and demand for opportunities to further explore this area through the IRIFS program unit at the AAR, AIIS is being established to foster study and scholarly exchange in the field of Interreligious/Interfaith Studies. This year will mark the first AIIS-sponsored workshop in collaboration with a number of existing organizations. Come to meet with colleagues and emerging scholars who share an interest in developing this area of study.

Registration is required to attend. The deadline to register is September 30, 2017; early registration is encouraged.

The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center: Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia
November 16, 2017

The crisis of global modernity has been produced by human overreach that was founded upon a paradigm of national modernization. Today, three global changes: the rise of non-western powers, the crisis of environmental sustainability and the loss of authoritative sources of transcendence – the ideals, principles and ethics once found in religions -- define our condition. The physical salvation of the world is becoming the transcendent goal of our times, transcending national sovereignty. The foundations of sovereignty can no longer be sought in tunnelled histories of nations; we are recognizing that histories have always been circulatory and the planet is a collective responsibility.

Prasenjit Duara re-considers the values and resources in Asian traditions—particularly of China and India—that Max Weber found wanting in their capacity to achieve modernity. Several traditions in Asia, particularly in environmentally marginalized local communities offer different ways of understanding the relationship between the personal, ecological and universal. The idea of transcendence in these communities is more dialogical than radical or dualistic: separating God or the human subject from nature. Transnational civil society, NGOS, quasi-governmental and inter-governmental agencies committed to to the inviolability or sacrality of the "commons" are finding common cause with these communities struggling to survive.

Intra-and Interfaith Peace Building during a time of insurgency: Finding Consensus Among Muslims in Nigeria
November 16, 2017

As a part of the Critical Perspectives On The Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa Lecture Series. Guest Speaker is Darren Kew, Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston.

This event is cosponsored with the Department of African and African American Studies, the Center for African Studies, the Hutchins Center, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Anthropology as Cosmic Diplomacy: Toward an Ecological Ethics for the Anthropocene
November 15, 2017

Forests think. This is neither a metaphor nor a cultural belief. There exists a kind of thinking, which I call “sylvan,” that is made exquisitely manifest by tropical forests and those that live with them. This kind of thought extends well beyond us humans and, in fact, holds our human forms of thinking. Thinking with the sylvan logics that thinking forests amplify can provide an ethical orientation—a mode of thought—that is adequate for these times of planetary human-driven ecological devastation that some call the “Anthropocene.” I here discuss three projects in and around the tropical forests of Ecuador whose goal is to capacitate sylvan thought. This research, which has brought me into collaboration with indigenous leaders and shamans, lawyers and conceptual artists, and even forest spirits and archaic pre-hispanic ceramic figures, has encouraged me to see my anthropological vocation as a kind of “cosmic diplomacy.” This form of diplomacy is “psychedelic” in so far as its goal is to make manifest the mind, manifesting the nature of sylvan thinking on whose behalf it advocates. Another word for this kind of emergent mind is “spirit.” I here explore alternative “sylvan” means to give voice to the spirits among us, and I trace the challenge this poses for how we should think about what it means to be human.

Eduardo Kohn is the author of the book How Forests Think, which has been translated into several languages. It won the 2014 Gregory Bateson Prize and is short-listed for the upcoming 2018 Prix littéraire François Sommer. His research continues to be concerned with capacitating sylvan thinking in its many forms. He teaches Anthropology at McGill University.

This event is hosted by The Center for the Study of World Religions

Human and Church Community and the Evil of Economic Inequality
November 14, 2017

This joint presentation examines the theological warrants for the centrality of community for human development and fulfillment. It also provides an ethical analysis of the challenge that economic inequality presents to the creation and maintenance of community, particularly a political community.

Confronting Racism: The Prophetic Politics of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
November 14, 2017

The Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning presents this compelling lecture by Professor Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.

Out of Our Minds: Empathy in International Conflict Resolution
November 13, 2017

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents: Matt Waldman

Matt Waldman is Director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, Adviser to the UN Special Representative for Somalia, and Associate Fellow of Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs. He specializes in high-level diplomacy, mediation and negotiation in armed conflict. He has served as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria (2014-15) and the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan (2011-12). He has also undertaken mediation work in the Middle East and Africa as a Senior Adviser at the European Institute of Peace and Special Adviser to Inter Mediate.

Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences
November 11, 2017

November 2 is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which committed Great Britain to the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine without consulting the indigenous population. The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and The Trans Arab Research Institute are organizing an all-day conference in Cambridge, MA to mark the centenary. Conference speakers will examine how the Zionist Project was implemented in historic Palestine, and consider its long-term consequences for Palestinians, world Jewry, the United States, the United Nations and international law.

Following an afternoon keynote address by Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, panels will focus on the potential for connecting struggles to build power and the challenges and opportunities of organizing for Palestinian rights in the Age of Trump. Action-oriented workshops will develop many of the themes laid out by panelists: building solidarity campaigns, anti-BDS legislation and how to get involved in changing US policy, the future of Zionism, campus organizing and Israel’s water wars.

The conference is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation at the door of $10 (or more if possible); lunch $5.

Mass Peace Action Active Hope Workshop
November 11, 2017

We live in an extraordinary moment on Earth. As we witness unprecedented destruction of ecological, biological, and social systems, we can feel overwhelmed by anger, fear and other difficult emotions. How can we remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our irreplaceable world?

The Work That Reconnects, developed by teacher/activist Joanna Macy and others, draws on deep ecology, systems theory, and engaged Buddhism. Practices include group meditations, ritual, conversation in pairs, dance, and song. We will explore spiritual, emotional and intellectual aspects of envisioning and creating a life-sustaining society.

This workshop is facilitated by members of the Boston-area Community of Practice.The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5-$20.

Kinship Across Borders: Catholic Ethics and Migration
November 7, 2017

Dr. Kristen E. Heyer will be exploring the rhetoric and lenses that shape the quickly shifting immigration debate, which can distort complex realities and become surrogates for other cultural and political concerns. This lecture is presented by Boston College School of Continuing Education and School of Theology.

Understanding Political Polarization in the US
November 7, 2017

The fever pitch of US political polarization is unrelenting. The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present: Understanding Political Polarization in the US a talk with Susan Podziba (Podziba Policy Mediation) and Liz McClintock (CMPartners). Susan and Liz, mediation and conflict resolution experts, will share their thoughts on current societal dynamics based on their experiences in addressing complex conflict. Liz observes a likeness to the tribalism inherent to her work on ethnic conflict in Central Africa. Susan sees a clash of worldviews similar to religion-based conflicts, including her work with Massachusetts leaders of the pro-life and pro-choice movements. These observations prompted them to ask the question: Can we engage a civic fusion approach to addressing polarization whereby disputants bond across passionately different political positions and worldviews to address common public goals without sacrificing their core values? At this event, Susan and Liz will each offer their observations, engage each other in dialogue, and then invite the audience to participate in an open discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Journeys: Bridging the Us/Them Divide in the Global Refugee Crisis
November 4-9, 2017

The world is currently facing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with 65 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, including 23 million refugees. Both the scale and complex causes of this global humanitarian crisis are difficult to fathom and although education about relevant facts and figures is important, there is no substitute for a personal encounter to reframe our understanding of a global crisis.

The Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School has partnered with the American Academy of Religion and Boston College to bring a Shared Studios portal to the Boston area. The portal will be open on the Campus Green with opportunities for HDS community members to join in conversation with displaced peoples in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany via live, full body video connective technology, as if speaking in the same room.

Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy Fall Conference
November 3, 2017

The Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy is a student run group at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts. The Fall Conference will introduce a framework that allows for productive engagement with religion in international affairs. With notable keynote speakers and interdisciplinary panelists discussing what religious literacy means for conflict resolution, business, security, diplomacy and humanitarian action, the purpose of our conference aims to develop this very mindset.

This student run conference will introduce graduate students and the greater Fletcher community to the importance of religious literacy in their professional spheres. The secondary goal is to create a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue between academics and practitioners. We will invite inspiring religious peacebuilders, pragmatic security professionals, culturally aware business leaders, and cutting edge academics to engage with case studies that explore the necessity of religious literacy in their field.

Journeys: Bridging the Us/Them Divide in the Global Refugee Crisis
November 1, 2017

A panel on storytelling, advocacy, and activism hosted by the Religious Literacy Project in response to the refugee crisis. The world is currently facing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with 65 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, including 23 million refugees. At their best, wealthy Western countries struggle to generate the political will to accept substantial numbers of refugees; at their worst, they refuse to accept more than token numbers of refugees, or politicize refugees as threats to national security, cultural identity, or national economy. Although education about relevant facts and figures is important, there is no substitute for a personal encounter to reframe our understanding of a global crisis.

Film screening and discussion: Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears
October 30, 2017

In 2015, the Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, and Zuni nations came together to protect from natural resource extraction a pristine area they consider sacred. This film by Angelo Baca (Navajo/ Hopi) follows their successful effort to have 1.35 million-acres designated as a National Monument in collaborative management partnership with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. The film is being screened as part of the Women's Studies in Religion Program's Native American Speakers Series. The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmaker Angelo Baca, Harvard Divinity School writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams, and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

This event is co-sponsored by the HDS Women’s Studies in Religion Program and Religions and the Practice of Peace.

Pathways to Peace in Colombia
Monday, October 30, 2017

As part of the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law school is hosting “Pathways to Peace in Colombia” with Dr. Jennifer Schirmer. Dr. Schirmer holds a Ph.D. in Political Anthropology. For the past 17 years, she has served as a facilitator in peacebuilding and peacemaking in Colombia. Between 2000 and 2013, Schirmer directed a peacebuilding project that constructively engaged in dialogue a number of sectors – the armed forces, former guerrilleros, parliamentarians, the private sector, journalists, etc. – early on and over the long term, in preparation for the peace talks. These efforts included, among others, the management of spoilers. In addition, beginning in late 2012, she held seminars for the Technical Sub-Commission to help draft a comprehensive Colombian model of ceasefire, disarmament, de-mobilization and reintegration protocols for the table of negotiations in Havana with the FARC, with the signing of the Final Accords in November 2016. Currently, Schirmer serves as a consultant to a number of the parties involved in the peace talks with the second guerrilla group, the ELN.

Responsibility to Others: Victim Protection and Transitional Justice in El Salvador
October 24, 2017

Responsibility to others is a common value across religious traditions and the basis of the international human rights system. We are living in an historic moment in which governments are retreating from commitments to protect and promote the rights of the most vulnerable, including refugees and migrants. In response, individuals and communities around the world are taking action to reaffirm a commitment to basic human rights principles and preserve the gains made by previous generations. Join us for a discussion with Noah Bullock, executive director of Cristosal, a human rights organization based in El Salvador. Bullock will discuss Cristosal’s work on behalf of victims of contemporary and historic human rights violations in the region and strategies for establishing a human rights climate in which peacemaking is possible.

This event is co-sponsored by the HDS Office of Ministry Studies and Religions and the Practice of Peace.

Film Screening and Discussion: The Peacemaker
October 20, 2017

Join the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section for the close of Conflict Resolution Week with a special screening of The Peacemaker, a documentary film directed and produced by James Demo.The film is an intimate portrait of Padraig O’Malley, owner of the Plough & Stars bar in Cambridge, author, and UMass Boston professor, who has worked for decades to help divided societies come together. The film takes us from Padraig’s life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq over five years – as he works with a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself. A discussion with James Demo and Padraig O’Malley will follow the screening. Watch the trailer at

Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration Conference
October 19 and 20, 2017

The Christianity, Race, and Mass Incarceration Conference will gather scholars of various disciplines, activists, organizers, and formerly incarcerated persons and place them in conversation with each other. We hope to advance through this workshop a critical study of carceral punishment, especially as it relates to questions of Christian thought and practice, and to provoke awareness and activism around incarceration in America.

This event is co-sponsored by HDS Dean's Office, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, and Religions and the Practice of Peace.

Mothers for Justice & Equality National Conference 2017: Empowering Women to Action
October 19 and 20, 2017

The Mothers for Justice & Equality National Conference is the only national convening of mothers who have experienced loss from street violence, social change-makers, corporate partners and civic leaders. During the two day conference participants from across the country share their successes, gain technical assistance from experts, and build an alliance to lead the change that is needed to end violence in our communities.

RPP Colloquium Event: The Restorative Justice Approach: Wisdom and Spiritual Resources for Sustainable Peace in Our Communities
October 5, 2017

The first session of the fourth annual RPP Colloquium dinner series will explore restorative justice, its spiritual dimensions, and the potential contributions of its approach to advancing sustainable peace in our communities and our world. The session will feature presentations by:

  • Fania Davis, J.D., PhD, Co-Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), will address “The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice: Resources for Cultivating Peace in Our Communities”
  • sujatha baliga, J.D., Director, Restorative Justice Project; Vice President, Impact Justice; Just Beginnings Fellow, will deliver a talk entitled “Have You Been Angry Long Enough? Faith, Forgiveness, and Restorative Justice.”

The session will be moderated by Elizabeth R. Lee-Hood, PhD candidate in Religion, GSAS, MTS ’96 HDS, AB ’90 College, and RPP Research Associate.

Co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, the Prison Studies Project, and the Transformative Justice Series at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Watch video: October 2017 Colloquium on the Restorative Justice Approach

SHINE Summit: Creating a Positive Future
Tuesday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The SHINE Summit is the leading forum for visionary thinking, innovative research and practical solutions that advance corporate sustainability and well-being.  This June, senior executives from across all industries will join influential scientists, thinkers and innovators on campus in Cambridge to explore world-changing ideas for building a healthier future for people and planet.  A uniquely intimate gathering, the Summit fosters opportunities for transformative thinking, authentic connection and creative collaboration among those committed to creating a positive future today.

Tanenbaum 25th Anniversary Gala: Peace Made Possible

Tuesday, May 23, 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.

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace: Drop-in Information Sessions

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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 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.

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

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.

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 to RSVP and let us know what you would like to bring for the vegetarian potluck meal: appetizer, main dish, salad, beverage, dessert.

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.

Peace in the Middle East? Problems and Possibilities

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Oliver McTernan has been instrumental in facilitating behind-the-scenes dialogue in some of the world's most intractable conflicts. Discover what he has learned through these processes - including major obstacles and possibilities for creating a more peaceful Middle East. Cosponsored by Religions and the Practice of Peace.

The Program on Negotiation Film Series: Disturbing the Peace

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants - including Israeli soldiers from elite units of the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian rebel fighters - as they work together to challenge the unsustainable status quo of regional relations. The film follows their journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle against each other to finding commonality amongst themselves as participants in the conflict. Disturbing the Peace examines how this unlikely group of individuals have transformed themselves into activists for peace through their work at their jointly formed organization, Combatants for Peace. While focusing on the Middle East peace process, Disturbing the Peace has a universal message, inspiring all of us to become active participants in the creation of peace in our global and local communities. Cosponsored by Religions and the Practice of Peace.

Harvard International Law Journal Online Symposium 2017: "Accountability for the Illegal Use of Force"
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In 1946, the world witnessed the first-ever prosecutions of a state’s leaders for planning and executing a war of aggression. The idea of holding individuals accountable for the illegal use of force—the “supreme international crime”—was considered but ultimately rejected in the wake of the First World War. A few decades later, however, following the even more destructive Second World War, the victorious powers succeeded in coming together in a court of law at Nuremberg to prosecute the leaders of Nazi Germany for waging an aggressive war against other states. Ben Ferencz, a Nuremberg prosecutor has spent the past seven decades tirelessly working to ensure that the prevention and prosecution of aggressive war-making remain on the international agenda.

Now, with Ben Ferencz’s work in mind, and writing as the international community prepares to decide whether to activate the ICC jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, the authors in this symposium take stock both of what has been accomplished and of what remains to be done. Building on discussions in 2015 at the Harris Institute, this symposium reflects on broader issues of accountability for the illegal use of force under international law, with the goal of influencing broader scholarly efforts that continue to shape the debate on the scope, nature, and future of the criminalization of the illegal use of force.

Spiritual Activism: A Conversation with Ruby Sales
Monday, April 10th, 2017

Join us for a conversation with Ruby Sales, public theologian, founder and director of the Spirit House Project, and icon of the civil rights movement. This conversation will seek to address the questions: What are the spiritual dimensions of our current crisis? What are the spiritual implications of police violence against people of color, voter suppression, the scapegoating of immigrants and refugees, the opioid crisis, and the rise of white nationalism? What spiritual work will help us re-imagine our democracy, link multiple struggles, protect human dignity, and cultivate solidarity?

Performance and Discussion of "Kultar's Mime"

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

“Kultar's Mime” is a play that blends painting, poetry, theater and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre that was organized in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination. A collective of young Jewish artists decides to commemorate a 1903 Pogrom that targeted Jews in the Russian town of Kishinev. During their journey, they learn about the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs in Delhi and in a powerful moment of embracing the pain of the 'other', they shift focus and decide to tell a story that the world has largely ignored. This performance of Kultar's Mime is sponsored by The Pluralism Project and The Harvard University South Asia Institute. It was also featured at RPP's Colloquium on Speaking the Sikh Experience in September 2016. 

Instruments of Peace: Being Called to Action

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Hosted by the Paulist Center Boston, this will be a session to learn strategies for contacting your elected officials, sharing resources and upcoming events. Time will include breakouts by the identified Interest Groups (Immigration, Environment, Free Press, Healthcare, Electoral Politics, and “isms”). New attendees will have the opportunity to identify what issues to focus your energy and talents on. All are welcome. Please email community member Deborah Gregson, for questions. 

“Prophecy without Contempt:  Religious Discourse in the Public Squares”

Friday, April 7th, 2017

This conversation will feature M. Cathleen Kaveny, Rowan Williams, Charles Taylor, and Jonathan Lear. It is sponsored by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy and the Boston Univ. Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Drop the MIC (Military Industrial Complex)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How can we connect our movements and reclaim our resources from the destructive forces of defense, “security,” and policing?  How is militarism expanding in policing and in our schools?  How is it propping up resource extraction abroad and here in the U.S. as at Standing Rock? How can we work to withdraw our consent from these practices and center those that create community control and true community safety and defense?

Massachusetts Peace Action will host a conversation about the real effects of U.S. militarism on our local communities, our society and around the world. Speakers include Maggie Martin and Matt Howard of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW);  Mike Prokosch of Dorchester People for Peace; and Didi Delgado and Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter. 

From the Ground Up: The Progressive Path to Political Leadership

Thursday, April 6, 2017

On April 6th, in partnership with Civic Engagement Fund, we are bringing together fundraisers, community organizers, faith leaders, political professionals, lawyers, and elected officials to discuss the path forward for the progressive political movement. Leaders of progressive organizations will share ideas, speak about their missions, and address how they are converting the energy of community activism into effective political action.

Featuring a keynote address by Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change, and remarks by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Victoria Budson, founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

RPP Colloquium Event: "Beyond Militarization: The Role of Religious Communities in the Struggle for Justice and Peace"

Thursday, April 6, 2017

At a time when the White House proposes to increase military spending by $54 billion while slashing funds for social programs at home and humanitarian aid abroad, we recall the warning of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that a nation spending more money on the military than on social uplift "is approaching spiritual death." What role can religious communities play today in resisting war and militarism and working for social and economic justice?

This event was cosponsored with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKS.

Watch video: April 2017 Colloquium 'Beyond Militarization"

Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture: "Minorities and Human Rights in Turkey"

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Sponsored by The Mahindra Humanities Center Harvard, the Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture will feature Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci Univ.; Gerard Libaridian, Univ. of Michigan; Etiyen Mahçupyan, Journalist; Malika Zeghal, Harvard to discuss the situation of minorities and human rights in contemporary Turkey. 

Kids4Peace Boston 2017 High School Interfaith Conference

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Kids4PeaceBoston trains and empower youth to become interfaith peace leaders. This conference focused 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!

Spiritual Resistance and Resilience in a Time of Climate Change

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Looking deeply into our sources of hope can sustain our efforts to renew the web of life and to create a just society. This retreat explored a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, silence, and conversation. The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, PhD, led the retreat at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action, and a leader in New England Regional Environmental Ministries.

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Massachusetts Peace Action came together on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "Beyond Vietnam,"  to think about this powerful and historic articulation of the message of the modern peace and justice movement. They read key excerpts from the speech at this event. Keynote speaker Vijay Prashad, the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, spoke. He is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and sixteen other books.

Refugee Immigration Ministry's Interfaith/ International Concert

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Refugee Immigration Ministry was founded in 1986 as an Interfaith Ministry whose purpose was to offer Spiritual Care in the detention facilities. As RIM has expanded to other services the collaboration between faith groups has brought volunteers together from many cultures and faiths to provide community-based services to uprooted and often isolated persons. RIM’s participating faith groups include: American Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopal, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Society of Friends, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and United Presbyterian. 

“Undocumented Knowledge: Students, Borders, and the Politics of Sanctuary”

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Lorgia Garcia-Peña (Harvard University), Lisa Lowe (Tufts University), Prerna Lal (East Bay Community Law Center), Keish Kim (Harvard American Studies graduate student), Medhin Paolos (Asmarina Project, and Rete G2 Milano), Maurice Stierl (University of California, Davis) will be leading an important discussion on building sanctuary for undocumented students at this time. 

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Faithful People Gather to Speak out for Peace A Call to Action

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Massachusetts Peace Action hosted this event, bringing together a number of honored speakers, including Mayor Denise Simmons; Rev. Paul Ford, Senior Pastor, Union Baptist Church; and Jim Stewart, Director of First Church UCC shelter

"Trembling Before G-d" Film Screening

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Trembling Before G-d” is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma – how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. 

The Journey of Conflict: Steps Toward Peace

Wednesday, March 29, 3 - 5:00 pm Braun Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School

Marc Gopin, Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University led an interactive conflict resolution seminar at HDS introducing steps to approaching conflicts today. 

Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

RPP Colloquium: Islam, Tradition, and Resources for Nonviolent Conflict Transformation

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Islamic tradition and Muslim communities have rich and long legacies of teachings, practices, and precedents for prioritizing nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation. Join us as two leading scholar-practitioners discuss theological, spiritual, and practical resources for peace in Islamic scripture and tradition, historical cases, and implications for our contemporary world.

This event was osponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University.

Watch video: March 2017 Colloquium on Nonviolent Conflict Transformation

Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Speaker Sheila Katz is author of Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence (University of Texas Press, 2016), the first comprehensive history of grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of these two national movements. Her first book, Women and Gender in Early Palestinian and Jewish Nationalism (University Press of Florida, 2003), investigates the origins of this conflict through the transformation of gender and national identities during the first half of the 20th century. Before coming to Berklee, she taught at Harvard for eight years where she organized programs on Middle Eastern women. She has published numerous articles and reviews in places such as Kandiyoti’sGendering the Middle East, the Arab Studies Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Lilith Magazine, among others. Katz holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in fine arts (studio and history) and both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University in Middle East studies.

Connecting with Inner Peace in an Agitated World with H.E. Dza Kilung Jigme Rinpoche

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Join the Harvard Buddhist Community for an event with H.E. Dza Kilung Jigme Rinpoche. He is a Tibetan meditation master known for his depth, sincerity, and delightful warmth.  His 2015 book The Relaxed Mind: A Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice is the fruit of 17 years' teaching in the West.

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Join Professor Nisha Sajnani, a member of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma faculty, for a two-hour, hands-on, facilitated workshop introducing theatre of the oppressed techniques. 

Professor Sajnani has expertise in the role of the arts in global mental health with an emphasis on theatre practice. Dr. Sajnani hosts an international  network  on the arts and displacement and is a recipient of the Corann Okorodudu Global Women’s Advocacy Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women from the American Psychological Association. She’s also a Theatre of the Oppressed Trainer and will be doing a training for HDS. The Theater of the Oppressed, established in the early 1970s by Brazilian director and Workers' Party (PT) activist Augusto Boal, is a participatory theater that fosters democratic and cooperative forms of interaction among participants.

Islamic Legal Studies Program Film Screening: "What Tomorrow Brings"

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The second event in ILSP: LSC's film series on Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World is a screening of "What Tomorrow Brings", a film that goes inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village. From the school's beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan. Filmmaker Beth Murphy embeds herself in this school and community for an intimate look at what it really means to be a girl growing up in Afghanistan today. After the film, Beth Murphy will join us for discussion and Q&A. Kristen Stilt, Professor of Law and Director of ILSP: LSC, will be the discussant and Salma Waheedi, ILSP: LSC Visiting Fellow will moderate. Dinner will be provided.

If you plan to attend this event, please send your RSVP to the event coordinators.

"Circle of Poison": A Film Screening 

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Join Community Church of Boston for a film screening of the film "Circle of Poison." Narrated by Elizabeth Kucinich, this 2015 documentary takes a global look at communities impacted by the export of toxic pesticides made in America and how they are fighting back. Directed by Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post,  it includes interviews with Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, and the Dalai Lama. Lunch will be provided afterwards. 

ICSWR Screening: Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean

Wednesday, March 8th, 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.

Communities Against Hate: Response and Resilience in Multireligious Boston 

Tuesday, March 7th, 2016

Please join the Pluralism Project as it convenes religious, interfaith and civic leaders of Greater Boston for a roundtable discussion on what resources, skills, and help communities can offer one another in these increasingly tense times. Collaborators at the event include civic leaders, leaders of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Sikh communities in the greater Boston area, and leaders of some of the interfaith and multicultural councils that have become something of a rapid-response team following incidents of threat, bias, or hate. The Pluralism Project  will use insights gleaned from this event to inform its efforts to help build an intentional and multisided network of vigilance and support for religious minority and vulnerable communities. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required.

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

Thursday, March 2, 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 considered 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.

Watch video: March 2017 Colloquium on Religious Prosociality

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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

Identity-Based Violence Prevention 

Friday, February 17, 2017
This two-part workshop was facilitated by Maike Issac, Education Specialist for the Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Harming and Being Harmed (part 1) fostered 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) taught participants to differentiate between evaluations and observations, to express their emotions and needs, and to make doable requests from others. 

RPP Colloquium Event: "Healing, Bridge-building, and Empowerment to Address Gun Violence: Inspiration from Boston's African American Communities" 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Gun violence is a critical problem in the United States, daily bringing tragedy to families and communities across the United States. The National Institute of Justice reports that our urban areas, and our youth between the ages of 15 and 24, are most affected. Recent events, including highly-publicized shootings by police, have stimulated increased public discussion of the impact of gun violence on African American communities. In what way can communities respond to the complex challenge of gun violence? What spiritual and human resources might they bring to bear? Join us as we learn from leaders in the Boston area driving inspiring community-based initiatives to address the effects and sources of this local and national problem. 


This event was osponsored with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at HLS and the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative at HDS.


Watch video: January 2017 Colloquium on Gun Violence

Religious Literacy in Humanitarian Action Symposium

Thursday, January 19 - Friday, January 20, 2017

The Religious Literacy Project at HDS in cooperation with Boston University will host a special symposium on religious literacy in humanitarian action. The hope is that the conversations will generate new insights about the role of religious literacy in humanitarian action, the importance of local leadership, and the challenges posed by engaging religion in this field.

The event begins with a plenary panel featuring Alastair Ager, Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, and Azza Karam. It continues with several panel discussions, which will be streamed live on the HDS website. Those who wish to attend should register online. You can also join the conversation on social media using #RLPIHumanAction.

“Round Table Discussion:  SHARIAsource and the United States Institute of Peace”

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The conversation will highlight key terms and approaches necessary for understanding sharīʿa and for critically analyzing discussions of it in the public sphere. Further avenues of inquiry will concern ways in which practitioners working in the field in the MENA region (Middle East North Africa) have drawn on Islamic law expertise in their field work. Presenters include Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Paul Beran, Executive Director of SHARIAsource, and Manal Omar, Associate Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, USIP

"Religions and Social Progress:  Critical Assessments and Creative Partnerships"

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

A conversation with Nancy Ammerman of Boston University and Grace Davie of the University of Exeter at Boston University sponsored by Boston Univ. Pardee School of Global Studies Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs

RPP Colloquium Event: "Religion and the Rights and Protection of Children in Humanitarian Crises: The Case of Syria"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Humanitarian crises affect children disproportionately.  Without access to adequate nutrition, housing, healthcare, education, and physical and emotional security, the well-being of an entire generation of children can be lost in the course of responding to and resolving such a crisis.  Yet, the particular humanitarian needs and protection of children are often overlooked.  Religious communities and organizations, and people informed by religious values, often play a critical role in supporting effective intervention during conflict, and in post-conflict healing, in some cases doing so amidst conflicts that involve issues of religious difference.  

This discussion will consider the ongoing case of the Syrian refugee crisis with a lens on the well-being of the children affected by the conflict, and the relevance of religion and religious communities.  UNICEF estimates that the total population directly affected by the crisis at the end of 2016 will number 4.7 million, over half of which are children.

Cosponsored with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH and the El-Hibri Foundation

Watch video: December 2016 Colloquium on Children in Humanitarian Crises

The Troubled Eye: The Moral Dilemmas of Reporting on War, Religion, and Social Justice

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

This presentation by Eliza Griswold, a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard this year, is the third in a CSWR series on Religion and the Media, organized by Professors Diane Moore and Frank Clooney, CSWR Director.

The Role Dignity Must Play in Post-Election Healing

Monday, November 21, 2016

Donna Hicks, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, presented on this topic as part of the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Co-sponsored by Religions and the Practice of Peace.

The American Academy of Religion: Religions, Social Conflict, and Peace Group
Theme: Religious Peacebuilding: Let’s Get Strategic

Monday, November 21, 2016

At the American Academy of Religion Conference in San Antonio, a panel of distinguished experts and practitioners in the religious peacebuilding field will draw on case studies from Peacemakers in Action: Profiles in Religious Peacebuilding – Volume II (the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding) to explore the unique ways in which religious peacebuilders can fit within the peace and diplomacy landscape. 

The panelists will look at religiously motivated peacebuilders around the world at different points of conflict cycles and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of religious peacebuilding in conflict and post-conflict zones, as well as opportunities for the IR field to learn from and incorporate religious peacebuilding.

Film Screening: "Disturbing the Peace"

Friday, November 11th, 2016

We want to share with you the opportunity to see a thought-provoking film that tells the story of the group Combatants for Peace, which aims to bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians and work towards a two state solution. Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinians who fought against them – including many who served years in prison. The group, named Combatants for Peace, comes together to say “enough!” and to support each other’s journeys to a steadfast belief in non-violence. A story of the human potential for hope and unity.

If you would like to learn more about some of the people involved in this organization, you can read this recent New York Times article about Shifa al-Qudsi, a Palestinian woman who once aspired to be a suicide bomber and now works with Combatants for Peace.

A Special RPP Colloquium Conversation: "Cultivating Community Across Divides in the US: Relationship Building As a Spiritual Practice"

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Grassroots relationship building across divides has emerged as a recommendation from scholars, practitioners, and religious peacebuilders in many of our RPP conversations. Whatever may be occurring in US politics and policy, ongoing work by ordinary people to build community across religious, racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and political lines will be crucial for us to move toward a healthy democracy and sustainable peace in this country. While recent political and social turmoil in the US has led to much pain, partisanship, and anger, it also presents an opportunity for individuals and communities in this country to demonstrate and model a more constructive path forward. 

Dean David N. Hempton, having proposed in his Memorial Church sermon in October 2015 that we understand this peace work as a spiritual practice, hosted this reflective, forward-looking conversation.

Watch video: November 2016 Colloquium with Dean David N. Hempton on Relationship Building As a Spiritual Practice

An Evening of Arts Activism: Performances and Conversations

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

You're invited to a very special evening with visiting artists from The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C., the nation's first racially and spiritually diverse arts community. Take a break from the busyness of life and experience firsthand the artistry, soulfulness, and vision that has attracted national media attention from CBS News, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times.

You'll also hear about a brand new program called "The Collective" that mobilizes the next generation of multicultural artists working on the front lines of justice movements. Join other local artists, activists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists to explore how this program could support existing efforts and address unmet needs for arts activism in Boston

Education and Transformative Justice: A Community Conversation about Connections, Questions, and Action

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

How do we understand justice? What are the connections between under-resourced schools, trauma and mass incarceration? From cradle to prison cell, how do we give educators the tools needed to work for justice that transforms individuals, relationships and communities? This event will be hosted at the Harvard Graduate School for Education, and will include panelists including RPP working group member Melissa Bartholomew, racial justice and healing practitioner.

Religion and Social Justice Panel: Black Religion, Spirituality, and Culture Conference (Registration Required)

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The inaugural Black Religion, Spirituality, and Culture Conference is a full-day event that seeks to advance exploration of Black religion and spirituality. The conference aims to 1) ask and explore questions of religion and culture from a Black perspective, 2) provide a gathering space for Black scholars and students and foster a sense of both community and genealogy, 3) foster cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarship, and 4) link scholarship to activism and leadership, while highlighting scholarship itself as a transformative practice.

Spiritually Resilient Leadership in the Midst of Adaptive Problems: A Conversation with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake discussed the challenges of leading a city in today's turbulent racial and political climate. 

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Religions and the Practice of Peace at Harvard Divinity School presented: Reconciliation in Divided Times: How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

How can we bridge the divides that threaten to tear apart our world? In this timely book talk, Dr. Daniel Shapiro examined the five fundamental emotional forces that are fracturing politics, community relations, and international cooperation. He presented a new method for counteracting these dynamics and promoting reconciliation in these turbulent times. The talk drew on his newest book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, which Ambassador Jaime de Bourbon de Parme called “one of the most important books of our modern era.”

Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

The Fletcher Conference on Religion, Law & Diplomacy

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The conference is a unique mix of academics, practitioners and community leaders that highlights the complex relationship between religion and state across communities and nations. This year’s theme, human security, underlines the demand for a greater understanding of religion and religious organizations.

Ambassador Marriet Schuurman, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War—Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

In 1939, Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and his wife, Martha, a social worker, agreed to travel to Prague to investigate reports of a humanitarian crisis. A new documentary by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky,Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, tells the riveting story of the Sharps’ work in Europe during World War II.

Harvard Divinity School is proud to present a screening of the film and a panel discussion placing the Sharps’ efforts in a larger historical context of modern refugee crises. 

Panelists include Artemis Joukowsky, HDS professor Kevin Madigan, Amber Moulton of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and Sana Mustafa, an activist and Syrian refugee. It will be moderated by HDS professor Dan McKanan.

An Ethics for the Coming Storm: A Theological Reflection on Climate Change

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Prophecy has two duties: it must imagine the future and it must offer a choice, the warning contingent on human moral agency. In this world, and at this time, the duty of prophecy is not theoretical, for humanity faces a stark reality, one that is already beginning to unfold. Climate change threatens the world of stability that undergirds all institutions, all texts, and all practices. While a drastically changed climate is a new challenge in science and policy, the drama of drought and refugees is not a new problem in religious texts or traditions. The biblical account of creation sends humans into a chancy world; the famines that drive the biblical narrative send populations sweeping across the Middle East, in a land promised, but fragile. As our world begins to shift under the burden of a dramatically warming climate, it is the duty of prophecy – to imagine and to warn – that animates both science and theology.  Hosted by Boston College, Laurie Zoloth of Northwestern University will speak on this topic. 

The Healing Power of Compassion

Saturday October 22nd--Sunday October 23rd, 2016 

Courage of Care founders John Makransky and Brooke D. Lavelle will lead this two-day, intensive Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) workshop. SCT is a method designed to help all people who care for others within their family, work, and community realize a power of unconditional care from within that is deeply healing and sustaining, that makes them more fully present to themselves and others, and that empowers a strong, active compassion for persons that is not subject to empathy, fatigue, and burnout.

Managing Difficult Conversations: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Interested in exploring conflict around issues of racial, ethnic, and religious identity? Wondering what YOU can do to address it on your campus or in your community? Join the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston for this free workshop for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from any university. It will include a training workshop with faculty and professionals leading interactive skill-building sessions on conflict analysis, identity and culture, active listening and facilitation skills, and networking lunch

The Role of Compassion in Owning our Feminine Authority

Friday, October 14th, 2016

A celebration of the anniversary of the Inaugural Women’s Assembly at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions and a year of inspirational action for women’s spirituality, dignity and human rights.

Changing the World from the Inside Out: Multifaith Perspectives on the Inner Life and Social Justice

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

How do liberal and conservative religious traditions integrate or divide the inner life and work for social justice? In what ways can social change activism be a spiritual practice itself? A diverse panel of religious leaders explored how different religious traditions balance inner spiritual development with the mandate to work for economic and social justice for all.

Keynote Event: RPP Colloquium with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee: Women as Catalysts for Local and Global Spiritually-Engaged Movements for Sustainable Peace

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers (2011), and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008). She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative, and was the co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah is currently named a Distinguished Activist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary. She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security.

Watch video: October 2016 Colloquium with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee on Women as Catalysts for Local and Global Spirituality

Around the Table: Peacemaking

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Around the Table is a monthly lunchtime gathering exploring how a specific topic is understood, complicated, ritualized, integrated, and lived in different religious and spiritual communities. Each gathering features brief presentations by two HDS students and an invitation for those in attendance to explore the same topic from the perspectives of the wisdom and traditions with which they identify most strongly. This month's topic is peacemaking. Student presenters are Sana Saeed, MDiv candidate, and River Olsen, MDiv candidate.

Reflections on Northern Ireland's Peace Process: A Conversation with Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Bertie Ahern 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

A discussion on the Northern Ireland peace process and broader negotiation issues with James Sebenius, Mari Fitzduff, and RPP Working Group members Dean David Hempton, Hugh O’Doherty, and Daniel Shapiro.

Program on Negotiation Open House

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

An opportunity for those interested in the fields of negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation to learn about getting involved with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. 

Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution: "Finding Humanity Amid Conflict" with Christa Case Bryant 

Monday, September 26th, 2016 

Chaired by Donna Hicks, the theme of the 2016–2017 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is negotiation, conflict, and the news media. It explores the relationship between the news media and conflict-resolution efforts worldwide and examines how the framing and reporting of conflict influences the public understanding of events. 

RPP Colloquium and Pluralism Project 25th Anniversary Event: Speaking the Sikh Experience: Visible Difference in the Crucible of Change

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sarbpreet Singh is a playwright, commentator, poet, and the founder and director of the Gurmat Sangeet Project, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of traditional Sikh music.

J. Mehr Kaur is a graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in directing. Recent projects include Sara Ruhl’s Orlando, 'Water by the Spoonful' by Quiara Alegria Hudes in Northampton's 460-seat Theatre 14, and  'SEVEN: A documentary play' presented as part of Hillary Clinton's 2014 Women in Public Service Institute. 

Mr. Singh and Ms. Kaur were joined by the actors Benjamin Gutman, Sydney Grant, Monica Giordano, and Michelle Finston, who performed an excerpt from Mr. Singh’s play Kultar’s Mime.

Watch video: September 2016 Colloquium on Speaking the Sikh Experience

Pluralism Project @ 25: Diversity and Inclusion in the American Crucible

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - Friday, September 23, 2016

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Pluralism Project brought together scholars and practitioners who are shaping the conversation about religious diversity and interfaith engagement -  both for today and for tomorrow. This interdisciplinary conference, “Pluralism Project @ 25: Diversity and Inclusion in the American Crucible,” explored the many dilemmas and decisions we face as individuals, professionals, and as citizens in an increasingly diverse world.

On the International Day of PeaceDavid N. Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School, spoke at Memorial Church Morning Prayers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Professor Diane Moore and CEO of Tanenbaum Joyce Dubensky take questions from the audience.RPP Colloquium: The Evolving Field of Religious Peacebuilding: Tanenbaum's Peacemakers in Action, Volume II


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hind Kabawat, director of Interfaith Peacebuilding, George Mason University’s Center for World Religions Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution, and Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action.

 Joyce Dubensky, Tanenbaum CEO. 

Watch video: May 2016 Colloquium on Religious Peacebuilding

Lessons from a Great Negotiator: A Conversation with Senator George Mitchell

Friday, April 29, 2016

Professor Robert Mnookin and Professor James Sebenius moderate a discussion with Former United States Senator, Recipient of the Great Negotiator Award and Former US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell.

The One Through the Other: The Verses of Peace

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A performance by Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace. 

Selections of verses, poems, and prayers from the three Abrahamic religions that convey coexistence, respect, and peace.

Dr. Marc Gopin speaks about his peacebuilding experience at the RPP Colloquium.RPP Colloquium: Humanitarianism, Religion, and Peace Practice

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dr. Marc Gopin, Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), the James H. Laue Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, presents “The Ethical and Spiritual Foundations of Judaic Conflict Resolution Practice and Peacebuilding: A Thirty Year Journey.”

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor, Program in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, presents "Orthodox Christianity, Humanitarianism, and Peacebuilding: Crisis, Sustainability, Human Security."

Watch video: April 2016 Colloquium on Humanitarianism, Religion, and Peace Practice

Social Justice and Governance in Islam

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Deina Abdelkader, Associate Professor in the Political Science department of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, member of the Islamic Jurisprudential Council of North America (Fiqh Council of North America), editorial board member of Digest of Middle East Studies and co-director of the International Relations-Islamic Studies Research cohort (COIRIS). 

Human Dignity and Religious Diversity: A Workshop for Religious Leaders

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dr. Diane Moore, Director of the Religious Literacy Project and Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education at Harvard University gives a keynote presentation, with workshops and panels to follow.

"Besa: The Promise" Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Monday, April 11, 2016

Besa: The Promise presents a story that bridges generations and religions, uniting fathers and sons, Muslims and Jews. The movie's producer Jason Williams and a Jewish survivor of the Nazi persecution in Albania, Johanna Neumann, in conversation with Professor Ali Asani, Director of the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program. 

Community Justice Activism Event

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice presents an event to work with students, professionals, activists and Boston residents to find solutions for common issues communities of color in Boston experience. 

Responses to State Sponsored Collective Injustice

Friday, April 8, 2016

Alondra Nelson, Professor at Columbia University and Author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome offers a keynote address followed by additional esteemed speakers at the Fourth Annual Roma Conference hosted by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Mahindra Humanities Center. 

Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Friday, April 8, 2016

Martha Nussbaum and Miroslav Volf, as well as the Washington Post’s Mike Gerson and U.K. House of Lords Peer Sayeeda Warsi are some of the scholars speaking during this daylong symposium held at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.

Harvard Graduate Council's Leadership in a Time of Crisis Conference

Friday, April 8, 2016

Jeff Seul, Lecturer on the Practice of Peace at HDS, Hugh O'Doherty, Lecturer on Conflict Resolution at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Jairek Robbins, a Motivational Speaker and recipient of the Congressional Award, are only a few of many panelists that offer TEDtalks, panel discussions, and problem-solving scenarios during the Harvard Graduate Council's sixth annual Leadership Conference.  

Religion, Peace, and World Affairs - The Challenges Ahead

April 7, 2016

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and author of The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2016) delivers a keynote address at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. 

Better Together Day

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Through Interfaith Youth Core's (IFYC) student organizers, classmates and neighbors come together to amplify the importance of interfaith cooperation. 

Economic Prosperity for Peace: Student Club Conference at Harvard Business School

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Exploring the role that the private sector can play in building and promoting economic prosperity for Arabs and Israelis alike as a catalyst for regional stability and cooperation.

The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture

Thursday, March 31 to Friday, April 1, 2016

Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Nigel Savage of Hazon, offer keynote addresses for the "Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture" conference. 

The Armor of Light film screening and discussion at Harvard Law School

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Armor of Light follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Speakers include Abigail Disney, an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist, and the CEO and president of Fork Films, Reverend Rob Schenck, the film’s protagonist, an Evangelical minister and founder of the Christian outreach organization Faith and Action, based in Washington, DC and Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy and the director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

American Empire and the Muslim Experience: Inflicting Violence Through International and Domestic Law

Monday, March 28, Tuesday, March 29, and Friday, April 1, 2016

Join the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association for its first annual symposium examining how US laws and policies, deployed both domestically and abroad, shape the American Muslim experience.

Innovative Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Africa

Monday, March 28, 2016

Father Patrick Devine, founder and executive director of the Shalom Center, an interfaith NGO in Nairobi, Kenya, winner of the 2013 International Caring Award.

Dr. Rev. David Hooker speaks with panel moderator Dr. Catherine Brekus.RPP Colloquium: Transforming Racialized Divides in the US: Insights from the African-European American Experience

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Associate Dean of Contextual Education, Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Eden Theological Seminary, and author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community, and Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker, member of Staff Collective, JustPeace, The United Methodist Church’s Center for Conflict Transformation, and a minister for Local and Global Missions, First Congregational Church (UCC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and co-author of Transforming Historical Harms and the forthcoming Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing

Watch video: March 2016 Colloquium on Racialized Divides

Challenges to the Syria Peace Talks in Geneva: How Local Governance and the War Economy Shape the Prospects for International Diplomacy

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj, co-coordinator of the Syria Project at the Common Space Initiative in Beirut.

Religion and Diplomacy: How Faith Impacts Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Twenty-first Century

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Alumnus Shaun Casey, MDiv '83, ThD '98, the U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs under Secretary of State John Kerry. 

"There Is A Field" Play and Discussion

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics co-hosts a discussion (in collaboration with the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program at Harvard Law School) following the play "There Is A Field," written and produced by Jen Marlowe.

Dancing Through the Wound: Trauma, Religion and Healing in Indonesia

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rev. Dr. Septemmy Lakawa (Jakarta Theological Seminary), WSRP 2015–16 Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Theology.

Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi and Dr. Julie Nelson engage on the topic of climate change.RPP Colloquium: Buddhist Responses to Climate Change

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, chair of Buddhist Global Relief, and president of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS), and Dr. Julie A. Nelson, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Senior Research Fellow with the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, and a Dharma teacher in the Boundless Way Zen school.

Watch video: February 2016 Colloquium on Climate Change

Beyond the Headlines: Understanding and Misunderstanding Islam

Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University, Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Program in Islamic Studies at Harvard University and Jeff Seul, Lecturer on the Practice of Peace, Harvard Divinity School, Chairman, Peace Appeal Foundation, Partner, Holland & Knight.

Watch video: February 2016 Lecture 'Understanding and Misunderstanding Islam'

What is Islamic in the Islamic State?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jocelyne Cesari, Chair of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham, UK; Senior research fellow, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics and Associate, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, director, interfaculty program Islam in the West, Harvard University.

New England Interfaith Student Summit

Friday, February 12, 2016

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee presents a master class in the morning. Register online.

Fear into Fortitude: Interfaith Peacebuilding Lessons from Liberia

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, leader of the interfaith women's peace movement that helped bring an end to Liberia's civil war, speaks at Northeastern University in Boston.

2016 World Interfaith Harmony Week

Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 7, 2016

Officially declared by the United Nations in 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrates the Two Commandments of "Love of God, and Love of the Neighbor," joining them with "Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor" to include all people of goodwill. It offers an opportunity every year for interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill to share their activities for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding with one another and with the world. It seeks to raise awareness of cooperative interfaith activities, to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in places of worship, and to promote dialogue, learning, engagement, and collaboration to advance cultures of peace around the globe. In the spirit of fostering world interfaith harmony, we invite you to attend one of the upcoming events below at Harvard on religions and peace practice in the month of February.

Scott Appleby responses to a question and answer session with moderator Dean David Hempton.RPP Colloquium: Integral Human Development and the Moral Imagination: Implications for Religion, Development, and Peacebuilding

Thursday, January 28, 2016

R. Scott Appleby, PhD, professor of history and Marilyn Keough, Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame.

Watch video: January 2016 Colloquium on Moral Imagination

Waking in Oak Creek: Free Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, January 26, 2016

Waking in Oak Creek is a film about community responses after the 2012 Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Followed by panel discussion with filmmaker Patrice O'Neill and subjects Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis. Dr. Diana L. Eck, director of the Pluralism Project, will moderate.

Islam and Peaceful Coexistence: Conflict or Conciliation

Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Friday, December 11, 2015

Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, Co-Executive Director, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Pastor James and Imam Ashafa share their peacebuilding experience in Nigeria.RPP Colloquium: The Pastor and the Imam from Nigeria: Interfaith Strategy for Peacebuilding: Prospects and Challenges

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, Co-Executive Directors of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Watch video: December 2015 Colloquium on The Pastor and the Imam

Daniel Shapiro begins his lecture on the intersection of emotions and peacebuilding.RPP Colloquium: Bridging the Religious Divide: Transforming Conflict When Emotions and Religion are at Play

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Dr. Daniel L. Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor of Psychology (HMS), and Rev. Dr. Septemmy E. Lakawa, of Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia, current Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Theology with the Women's Studies in Religion Program.

His Highness the Aga Khan: "The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World"

Thursday, November 12, 4 pm, Memorial Church

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program warmly welcome you to the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture, delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan, on "Challenges to Pluralism and Cosmopolitanism Today."

Liberation through Compassion: The Practice of Tara, the Mother Liberator with Rod Owens

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rod Owens, MDiv candidate, is a student of Buddhist studies in which he focuses on the integration of Buddhism and anti-oppression work. He is also an authorized lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Practice of Dignity: What It Means Today

Saturday, October 24, 2015

12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Reparations for Native American Languages? Churches, Governments, and Cultural Genocide

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dr. Richard Grounds, executive director of the Euchee/Yuchi Language Project, delivers this year's Dana McLean Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice.

Parliament of the World's Religions

Salt Lake City
Thursday, October 15–19, 2015

Professor Funk speaks to RPP Working Group StudentRPP Colloquium: Making Peace with Islam: Islamic Approaches to Peacemaking

Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dr. Nathan C. Funk, associate professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; co-author of Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice.

Watch video: October 2015 Colloquium on Islamic Peacemaking

The Other as Your Brother: Inter-faith Understanding & the Path to Peacemaking in the Holy Land

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:30 pm
MIT, Building W11-190 (Religious Activities Center, Main Dining Room), corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Amherst St. (near the chapel & student center), Cambridge.

When Religion Is a Force for Peace

Three events with representatives of the Abrahamic reunion from the Holy Land.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

11:15 am: Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 701 Foundry Street, Easton, MA
7:00 pm: Temple Kol Tikva, 9 Dunbar Street, Sharon, MA

Lunch with Bassem Tamimi and Marshall Ganz

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue

Building and Sustaining Nonviolent Communities: What is Our Future

Agape’s Annual St. Francis Day

Saturday, October 3, 2015

International Day of Non-Violence

United Nations

Saturday, October 2, 2015

Presentation of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre's Peace Mapping Programme

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Researchers from the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, based in Vienna, discusses the first phase of their Peace Mapping Programme, an effort to map interreligious dialogue activities around the word and assess their collective impact on peacebuilding.

Susan Hayward speaks about US Institute for PeaceRPP Colloquium: Women Religious Leaders in the Struggle for Peace

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rev. Susan Hayward, Director, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace; HDS ’07 graduate; co-editor, Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (USIP Press, 2015).

Watch video: September 2015 Colloquium on Women Religious Leaders

Global Unites Youth Peacebuilding Summit in Sri Lanka

Summit Dates: Friday, June 5– Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Global Unites convenes over 30 youth peacebuilders from 15 countries and Sri Lanka for an intensive five-day summit. The summit is a "training-camp" for movement builders and include interactive workshops, activities, and keynote lectures. It also serves as the formal launch of the Global Unites movement. The delegates are inspired, connected, and equipped to be more effective in youth-led conflict transformation and to create national-level movements. Delegates selected for the summit are fully funded. For more information, visit or email Tajay Bongsa (Harvard Divinity School student).

Interfaith Storytelling Series

The Problem with Prayer

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"This One Time..." a monthly Interfaith Storytelling series, invites you to listen, share, and dialogue about stories of interfaith encounter. For more info, contact Usra Ghazi at

Interfaith Storytelling Series
Stupid Cupid! Relationship Adventures in Love and Loss
Thursday, April 23, 2015

"This One Time..." a monthly Interfaith Storytelling series, invites you to listen, share, and dialogue about stories of interfaith encounter. For more info, contact Usra Ghazi at

Professor Charles Hallisey, Madhawa Palihapitiya, and Jeff Seul discuss Sri Lanka and MyanmarSri Lanka and Myanmar: Religion and Institutions of Civil Society in Conflict and Peacebuilding

Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium
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

Watch video: April 2015 Colloquium on Sri Lanka and Myanmar

Alwaleed Annual Conference

Intra-Muslim Relations: Contemporary Trends in Contexts

Saturday, April 11–Sunday, April 12, 2015

The conference convenes scholars, activists, religious leaders, artists, educators, and conflict-resolution experts who offer their thoughts on and analyses of contemporary trends in intra-Muslim relations.

Two special events with Haji Syed Salman Chishty

Gaddi Nashin of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in India and Director of the Chishty Foundation

Haji Syed Salman Chishty discusses the Philosophy of Love."The Chishty Philosophy of Love: A Living Tradition of Spiritual Ethics in Service of Humanity"
A lecture with Haji Syed Salman Chishty.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Haji Syed Salman Chishty leads post-film discussion."Sulh e Kul: Peace to All with Love from Ajmer Sharif"
A film screening and conversation with Haji Syed Salman Chishty.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Watch video: April 2015 conversation with Haji Syed Salman Chishty

The Chishty Sufi order has been sharing the message of "Love Toward All, Malice Toward None" in South Asia and around the globe through its legacy of service to the needy and promotion of tolerance and harmony since its establishment in India in the 12th century CE by Sufi saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, popularly known as "Khawaja Gharib Nawaz" ("Patron of the Poor"). For over 800 years, his shrine in Ajmer, India, has been a place of pilgrimage for millions of people from all backgrounds.

The message of the Chishty order and its contributions to a culture of tolerance and unity in the region were honored in 2012 at the United Nations at a celebration and seminar on "Unlearning Intolerance" sponsored by India's Permanent Mission to the UN and UN Academic Impact.

Sponsored by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and the Committee on the Study of Religion.

Stendahl Symposium: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) Student Association officers invite all HDS students to consider revising and submitting a paper for presentation at the annual Stendahl Symposium: Conversations Across Religious Boundaries.

The Stendahl Symposium is an annual HDS tradition in memory of former professor Krister Stendahl, who tirelessly sought to repair fractions between Jews and Christians, supported the ordination of women, and pushed for the full inclusion and participation of women and minority voices in academia and interfaith work.

Usra speaks on panelPreparing 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"

Watch video: April 2015 Panel on Engaged Learning and Collaboration

Second Annual Harvard Law School Interfaith Conference

Forgiveness and the Law

Friday, March 27, 2015

Panels include "Community Healing in Light of Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and Elsewhere," "Restorative Justice and Alternative Punishment," and "Faith and Conscience in Legal Practice."

Organized by the Catholic Law Students Association, Christian Fellowship, Jewish Law Students Association, Latter-day Saints Student Association, and Muslim Law Students Association.

Interfaith Storytelling Series

On (Un)Common Ground: Agreeing to Disagree

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"This One Time..." a monthly Interfaith Storytelling series, invites you to listen, share, and dialogue about stories of interfaith encounter. For more info, contact Usra Ghazi at

Of Many Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Harvard Divinity School professor and founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University Diana L. Eck moderates the discussion.

Dr. Donna Hicks Speaks on Dignity At Religion and Approaches to Nonviolent Conflict 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 research associate, Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP), 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

Watch video: February 2015 Panel on Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

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

2015 World Interfaith Harmony Week

Sunday, February 1– Saturday, February 7, 2015

Officially declared by the United Nations in 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrates the Two Commandments of "Love of God, and Love of the Neighbor," joining them with "Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor" to include all people of goodwill. It offers an opportunity every year for interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill to share their activities for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding with one another and with the world. It seeks to raise awareness of cooperative interfaith activities, to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in places of worship, and to promote dialogue, learning, engagement, and collaboration to advance cultures of peace around the globe.

Harvard Divinity School and Harvard University celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week from February 1–7, 2015 with events around campus aimed at promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding including:

Promoting the Practice of Peace in the 21st Century: Mobilizing Our Resources as Global Citizens, Religious Communities, and Universities
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
HDS, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

The event included remarks by Dean David N. Hempton and MDiv candidate Melissa Bartholomew, a film screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), and a dinner dialogue and discussion moderated by Melissa Bartholomew and Professor Diana L. Eck.

Jewish Perspectives on Living in a Multifaith World
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Rabb Hall, Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge

How does Judaism view religious practice and identity in a multicultural and multifaith world? Harvard Hillel’s own Rabbi Getzel Davis leads this session that is open to everyone—no prior knowledge of Judaism or Jewish texts will be needed.

Dignity: The Role it Plays in Our Lives and Relationships

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A public talk with Donna Hicks, PhD, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources video thumbnailWomen's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources

Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rosalind I.J. Hackett, Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, Melissa W. Bartholomew, and Anila Daulatzai discuss the role of religious and spiritual resources in women's multifaceted contributions to sustainable peace and the challenges and promise of women's engagement. Opening remarks by Ann D. Braude and Q&A moderated by Dean David N. Hempton.

Watch video: January 2015 Colloquium on Women and Sustainable Peace

Interfaith Storytelling Series

Home Sweet Home: Stories of Inherited and Adopted Family

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"This One Time..." a monthly Interfaith Storytelling series, invites you to listen, share, and dialogue about stories of interfaith encounter. For more info, contact Usra Ghazi at

Professor Anne Monius Speaks at "Being Peace""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 Lumbard, assistant professor of classical Islam, Brandeis University; and Elizabeth Lee-Hood, doctoral candidate in the study of religion and Islam, Harvard University

Watch video: December 2014 Panel 'Being Peace'

Religious Literacy in Dialogue at Harvard (student-led course)

Fall semester: Tuesday, September 9– Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This is a non credit-bearing, application only, semester-long undertaking meant to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be religiously literate. In the course, religious literacy refers to both an understanding of core concepts (including theology, doctrine, scriptural narrative, social values, religious community, and personal religious experience) as well as a facility with skills related to independent learning and analysis. The class explores the ways religion intersects with crosscutting themes related to the self and society.

Visit the Religious Literacy in Dialogue website or email Benjamin Marcus for more information.

President Jimmy Carter discusses abuse and violence toward women and girlsPresident Carter Book Tour

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

President Jimmy Carter comes to Harvard to discuss his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

A Call to Action urges the end of discrimination and abuse against women, calling it the number one challenge in the world today. The book builds on the work of faith leaders and courageous human rights defenders who met in 2013 at The Carter Center to mobilize faith groups worldwide to commit to advancing women’s rights. Religion, they said, should be a force for equality and human dignity not oppression.

Watch video: November 2014 President Jimmy Carter discusses his latest book A Call to Action

Northern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation video thumbnailNorthern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation?

Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In light of their experiences and research in Northern Ireland, Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, Fr. Raymond Helmick, Dean David N. Hempton of HDS, Hugh O'Doherty, and Margaret Smith discuss the shift from violent conflict to peace agreement, the need for progress toward a more thoroughgoing and sustainable peace rooted in reconciliation, the positive contributions and potential of religious resources, and recommendations.

Watch video: November 2014 Colloquium on Northern Ireland

Spiritual and Sustainable: Religion Responds to Climate Change video thumbnailSpiritual and Sustainable: Religion Responds to Climate Change

Friday, November 7, 2014

"Spiritual and Sustainable: Religion Responds to Climate Change" is an interfaith conference focused on addressing the issues and challenges of maintaining a sustainable planet. Focusing on ways to engage, this conference will respond to the overlapping moral issues of climate change, sustainability, social justice, and mindfulness through the lenses of many of the world's religious traditions. Pre-registration is required.

Watch video: November 2014 Conference 'Spiritual and Sustainable'

Sufism and Buddhism: The Ethics of Shared Values

Friday, November 7, 2014

Conversations with Pir Zia Inayat Khan and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi at MIT.

Religion and International Diplomacy: New Directions in Conflict Stabilization

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jerry White, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Jerry White has over twenty-five years’ experience leading change-making campaigns to prevent mass destruction and increase civilian security worldwide. A social entrepreneur and senior Ashoka Fellow, White has helped train next-generation leadership in scores of countries to transform highly contentious issues into opportunities to unify communities, generate jobs and build stability and hope.

New York WSRP Luncheon with Lihi Ben Shitrit

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Based on 18 months of field work in Israel and the West Bank, Lihi Ben Shitrit provides an inside view of the surprising political activism of women from both Jewish and Muslim conservative religious groups. Lihi Ben Shitrit is Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Her book Righteous Transgressions is forthcoming from Princeton University Press. Registration is required.

History and Horizons of Peacebuilding video thumbnailHistory and Horizons of the Field

Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium
Friday, October 29, 2014

Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Jeffrey R. Seul, MTS '97, partner at Holland & Knight and chairman for Peace Appeal Foundation, and Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discuss the field of religions and peacebuilding—its history, the need for its further development, and its importance in our contemporary world—and offer recommendations for future directions. Welcome and introductions by Dean David N. Hempton.

Watch video: October 2014 Colloquium on History and Horizons

Religious Pluralism and Pragmatic Governance: The Mediterranean Experience During Fatimid Muslim Rule

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This lecture examines Fatimid Shia Ismaili Muslim governance and its impact on the medieval Mediterranean world of the 10th-11th centuries—a region inhabited by people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious persuasions. During their two and a half century rule (909-1171 CE), the Fatimid rulers, known as Imam-caliphs, developed a model of governance recognized both in medieval and modern times for its inclusivity. Christians and Jews participated actively in imperial administration and non-Shia Muslims were not compelled to adopt a Shia Ismaili interpretation of Islam. The lecture debates the extent to which Fatimid policy was the result of the interplay between doctrinal commitments and their lived experience, tempered by local conditions and communal dynamics. It focuses on how Fatimid governance was articulated and evolved over the course of the dynasty’s rule, and how salient Fatimid figures conceived the relationship between the ruler and subject. It concludes with observations on whether the Fatimid model of governance led to a distinctive relationship between the Imam-caliphs and their non-Muslim constituencies.

Multireligious Encounter as a Spiritual Practice with Usra Ghazi

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This presentation is part of a series co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) Student Association, Practicing Divinity: HDS Students Sharing Wisdom on Spiritual Practices, consisting of four, one-hour informal lunchtime presentations/workshops.

The series features HDS students sharing some of their expertise, research, and wisdom about a particular spiritual practice with other students, faculty, and staff, and each presentation briefly highlights a different spiritual practice.

Preaching, Penance, and Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy

Monday, October 20, 2014

Katherine Jansen, Catholic University of America, discusses her most recent research Christianity in Medieval Rome.

This lecture, a piece of a larger book-length project entitled The Practice of Peace in Late Medieval Italy, places medieval dispute resolution practice in its religious context. Examining preachers, sermons, and the peace movements they inspired, the paper shows how the penitential culture of the later Middle Ages informed the theory and practice of dispute settlement in late medieval Italy. Through ritual analysis and visual evidence, the paper also builds a case for how peace-making was imagined and commemorated.

Constructing a Narrative of Reconciliation: A Personal Plea for Transformation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, October 9, 2014

With Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus and Co-Chair of the Middle East Seminar, Harvard University.

CEDAR: Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University presents a lecture by Adam Seligman as part of their Interfaith Engagement Series.

This talk provides an overview of CEDAR—Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion—and its 12 years of programming in different countries, and will present the pedagogy and philosophy behind the program. Emphasis is placed on issues of communal boundaries, moral credit and the collective nature of knowledge. Dr. Seligman helps us understand just what engaging with difference may mean, as an alternative to the many efforts of "finding common ground" or a "shared humanity" that define so many intercommunal and interreligious initiatives. We discuss the role of discomfort in learning and the importance of experience as opposed to book knowledge in the maturing of our moral consciousness.

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Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Darren Kew discusses the role of religion in the transformation of Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye from rival youth militant leaders to interfaith peacemakers and their subsequent conflict transformation and peacebuilding work in Nigeria and beyond. Welcome by Dean David N. Hempton and introduction by Diana L. Eck.

Darren Kew is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance and executive director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Watch video: September 2014 Colloquium on Interfaith Partnership in Nigeria

Atalia Omer lecture video thumbnailRefiguring American Jewish Identity through Solidarity with Palestinians: A Relational Approach to Religious Innovation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Based on in-depth interviews with Jewish Palestine solidarity activists and systematic study of Jewish solidarity movement social media, Atalia Omer demonstrates how refiguring alternative Jewish meanings of rituals, practices, and texts may emerge from contesting Jewish nationalism and Israeli occupation policies, through solidarity with Palestinians.
Watch video: September 2014 Lecture on American Jewish Identity
Read the Q&A with Atalia Omer

Religion and the Promotion of Peace in the 21st Century

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dean David N. Hempton addressed the Harvard Alumni Association. His talk, attended by over 200 alumni leaders from across the University, focused on the ways that “religious resources—from members of religious communities to institutions and networks; and from theological and ethical ideas to spiritual practices—can play powerful roles in inspiring and sustaining efforts for peace."
Listen to audio: May 2014 Address by Dean David N. Hempton to the Harvard Alumni Association

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Tuesday, April 7– Wednesday, April 8, 2014

This symposium was held as part of the Annual Sylvia and Benjamin Slomoff Lectureship n Conflict Resolution at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Program and video links for April 2014 Symposium (pdf)

Zilka Spahić Šiljak, WSRP Research Associate 2012-13Shining Humanity: Life Stories of Women Peace-builders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Zilka Spahic Siljak, WSRP Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer.
Watch video: April 2014 Lecture on Women Peace-builders

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Part of CSWR junior fellow Usra Ghazi’s conversation series, "Interfaith as Antidote: Models of Faith-Based Civic Engagement"
Panelists: Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Education; Erica Rothschild, Boston’s Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action: and Yusufi Vali, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Watch video: February 2014 Conversation on Faith Based Community Organizing
Read Harvard Gazette coverage: February 2017 Conversation series

"Best of Interfaith" Webinar Series

Religions for Peace and El-Hibri Foundation
February 2014

In recognition of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the El-Hibri Foundation partnered with Religions For Peace USA in supporting a series of webinars focusing on developing interfaith skills.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hosted by Dean David N. Hempton and moderated by Diana L. Eck.
Panelists: Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School; Shaun Casey, U.S. Secretary of State’s special advisor for faith-based community initiatives; Matthew Hodes, director of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; Jonathan Granoff, president of Global Security Institute and special representative of United Religions Initiative; and Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard research associate and lecturer on Islamic studies.
Watch video: December 2013 Panel on Religions, Peace, and Universities

"Unlearning Intolerance: Love Toward All, Malice Toward None" Seminar, United Nations

Monday, November 26, 2012

A celebration in honor of the message of twelfth-century Sufi Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty of Ajmer. Hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN and UN Academic Impact. Several presentations include remarks by Syed Salman Chishty of Ajmer (32:15-53:30); Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India (1:50-13:20); and Jonathan Granoff of the Global Security Institute (151:30-2:08).

Dean David N. Hempton delivers the 2012 Convocation AddressThe Fog of Religious Conflict

Thursday, August 30, 2012

HDS Convocation Address 2012
Dean David N. Hempton drew on the memory of violence he witnessed in Northern Ireland to offer hopeful visions for the future.
Watch video: August 2012 HDS Convocation
Read the full text of the August 2012 HDS Convocation
Read Harvard Gazette coverage of the August 2012 HDS Convocation