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