Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium Series
This monthly public series, convened by Dean David N. Hempton of HDS, brings together a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, graduate students, and alumni from across Harvard University and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace. A diverse array of scholars, leaders, and religious peacebuilders are invited to present and engage with the RPP Working Group and general audience. A light dinner is served and a brief reception follows the program.
Join us for our RPP Colloquium Series in 2018-19:
Fall Dates: September 27, October 18, and December 6, 2018 from 6:00-8:30 pm.
Spring Dates: February 14, March 14, and April 11 from 6:00-8:30 pm.
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 and discussant 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.
The RPP Colloquium is hosted in 2018-19 with generous support from The Reverend Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv '91 and Mr. Albert J. Budney, Jr., MBA '74, the Once Here Foundation, as well as the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University.