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

Our final RPP Colloquium for 2018-19 semester has passed. Check back soon for new events.

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 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Field Ed and Summer Working Retreat Opportunities at Tanenbaum
Deadline Apr 30, 2019

One Field Ed position is available to assist before, during, and after the Working Retreat from late May/early June to mid-August in New York City, NY. And multiple volunteer positions are available to assist only during the Working Retreat from Saturday, July Saturday, July 27 – Friday, August 2, 2019.

This year, Tanenbaum will host the seventh Peacemakers in Action Working Retreat, from Saturday, July 27 – Friday, August 2, 2019 in Stony Point, NY. Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action from conflict zones throughout the world will gather in New York for a week of private collaborative peer-to-peer training, community building, and planning for peace in their respective conflict zones. This year, the themes of the Working Retreat will include trauma and resilience, mentorship, and anti-corruption. This is an exciting opportunity to get to know international religious peacebuilders – an impactful group of women and men who work for peace around the world in dangerous environments – and understand (and live out) their vocational choice!

Candidate Requirements: For the majority of the Field Ed position, candidates must be self-supporting or receive work-study funding and must arrange for their own housing in New York City. Candidates must be available to stay onsite at Stony Point during the week of the Working Retreat Saturday, July 27 – Friday, August 2, 2019, when Tanenbaum will provide room and board onsite in Stony Point, NY.

The Field Ed position involves:
▪ Before the Working Retreat: office work, project planning and management, coordinating Peacemaker sessions, travel and visas, creating surveys, creating programming for the selected 4-6 mentees who accompany the Peacemakers to the Working Retreat, and pre-Working Retreat Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E).
▪ During the Working Retreat: documenting Working Retreat sessions, interviewing Peacemakers for annual Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) surveys, and helping foster connections with an incoming group of 4-6 mentees who accompany some of the Peacemakers.
▪ Post-Working Retreat: assisting in drafting the Working Retreat report (2016 Working Retreat Report & 2013 Working Retreat Report).

Based in New York City, Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings, and areas of armed conflict. This Field Ed opportunity is housed within Tanenbaum’s Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding program.
To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Janie Dumbleton at jdumbleton@tanenbaum.org.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding PeaceCon
October 2-4, 2019

Each year, the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Annual Conference gathers together a diverse network of peacebuilders and provides them with the opportunity to share their achievements, insights, and, most importantly, visions for the future of peacebuilding. Over the course of three dynamic days, conference participants have the opportunity to constructively engage in an array of activities and workshops structured around cutting-edge developments in the field of peacebuilding, from neuroscience and psychosocial healing to storytelling and the media.

Conflict & Identity: confronting the past through education
October 17-18, 2019

This two-day conference will explore the evolving relationship between conflict and identity, with a specific interest in the role of history education in pre-conflict, at-conflict, and post-conflict societies. It will focus on how teachers and lecturers present history; how such choices shape identity; and how history education can be used for the purposes of promoting or undermining peaceful societies.

The Paris Peace Forum
November 11-13, 2019

As cross-border challenges multiply, international cooperation is inhibited by tensions between countries as well as national and populist movements. To foster collective action and to defend and adapt multilateralism, the Paris Peace Forum gathers all relevant societal actors under one roof.

The Build Peace Conference
November 14-16, 2019

Build Peace brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation. How to build peace? Join us to chart the future.

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