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 2017-18: "Envisioning Sustainable Peace: Leadership, Collaboration, and Creativity for a More Humane and Harmonious World." Videos of RPP Colloquiua in 2017-18 are available online.

2017-18 dates: October 5, 2017 and January 25, February 8, March 1, and May 3, 2018

Visit the RPP Series Archive to view videos and full descriptions of past RPP Colloquium sessions.

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.

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.

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Other Events of Interest

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.

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.”

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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