Upcoming Events

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

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

Religions and the Practice of Peace Events

Join us for the RPP Colloquium Series in 2018-19

RPP Interactive Workshop with Lily Yeh: A Hands-On Community Building Experience Through Art
Friday, October 19, 2018

In this workshop, Lily Yeh will lead the attendees in a series of activities for developing a nurturing space for people from diverse backgrounds to share dialogue and create together on equal footing. Whether you are looking to create a community, foster exchange and mutual learning in the classroom, involve your members more deeply in your organization’s planning and decision-making, increase their participation in your programs, or build stronger relationships among your friends, staff, and board, this workshop will provide fun and unique ways to build community by honoring and cherishing each person’s creativity, listening attentively, and fostering collaboration through play.

Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As cofounder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Germany, and Palestine.

“When I see brokenness, poverty, and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart that reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.” -Lily Yeh

Space is limited. RSVP is required.

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.

Space is limited. RSVP is required.

Videos of RPP Colloquium Series in 2017-18 are available online. Visit the RPP Video Archive to view videos and full descriptions of past RPP Colloquium sessions.

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Other Events of Interest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.  For more information contact carrie@journeyfilms.com.


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