RPP Colloquium 2014–15

Hosted by Dean David N. Hempton of HDS and Professor Diana L. Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard, at the Center for the Study of World Religions, this monthly series convened a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, graduate students, and alumni from across Harvard’s Schools and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace.

Darren KewRPP Colloquium: An Interfaith Partnership for Peace: The Imam and the Pastor in Nigeria
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The session featured Darren Kew, Associate Professor and chair, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; executive director, Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, University of Massachusetts Boston.  

Watch video: September 2014 RPP Colloquium on Interfaith Partnership in Nigeria

History and Horizons of Peacebuilding video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: History and Horizons of the Field
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The session featured Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and founder and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University; Jeff Seul, JD, MTS ’97 HDS, LLM ’01 HLS, Lecturer on the Practice of Peace at HDS, cochair of the Peace Appeal Foundation, and partner at Holland & Knight; and Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS.  

Watch video: October 2014 RPP Colloquium on History and Horizons

Northern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: Northern Ireland: From Conflict to Peace to Reconciliation?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The session featured David N. Hempton, Dean, HDS; Margaret E. Smith, scholar-in-residence, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, School of International Service, American University; Hugh O’Doherty, Adjunct Lecturer, HKS and senior associate at Cambridge Leadership Associates; Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, Adjunct Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, SJ, Instructor, Conflict Resolution, Department of Theology, Boston College.  

Watch video: November 2014 RPP Colloquium on Northern Ireland

Professor Anne Monius Speaks at Being Peace ColloquiumRPP Colloquium: "Being Peace": Virtues, Inner Cultivation and Positive Social Influence: Hindu and Buddhist Cases in Comparative Perspective and Implications for Peacebuilding
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The session featured Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions, HDS; Leslie Hubbard, MDiv candidate, HDS and former Buddhist nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.  With remarks by Janet Gyatso, Professor of Buddhist Studies and associate dean, HDS; Joseph E.B. Lumbard, Assistant Professor of Classical Islam, Brandeis University; and Elizabeth R. Lee-Hood, PhD candidate in Religion, GSAS, MTS ’96 HDS, AB ’90 College, and RPP Research Associate.  

Watch video: December 2014 RPP Colloquium 'Being Peace'

Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources video thumbnailRPP Colloquium: Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The session featured Ann D. Braude, director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History, HDS; Rosalind I.J. Hackett, Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies and Religion and Research Associate at WSRP, HDS, head of Department of Religious Studies, Adjunct in Anthropology, and Faculty Associate at Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee; Anila Daulatzai, Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies and Research Associate at WSRP, HDS and socio-cultural anthropologist, Afghanistan and Pakistan; Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, Adjunct Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv candidate, HDS and co-founder, Women United for Peace through Prayer.

Watch video: January 2015 RPP Colloquium on Women and Sustainable Peace

RPP Colloquium: The Race Problem in US and Transnational Perspective: Justice, Religion, and Peace
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The session featured Jennifer S. Leath, Visiting Lecturer in Women’s Studies and Religious Ethics and Research Associate, Religious Ethics and the African Diaspora at WSRP, HDS; Rod Owens, MDiv candidate in Buddhist Ministry, HDS; Anila Daulatzai, Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies and Research Associate at WSRP, HDS and socio-cultural anthropologist, Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv candidate at HDS and co-founder, Women United for Peace through Prayer.

Dr. Donna Hicks Speaks about Dignity at Religion and Approaches to Nonviolent Conflict ColloquiumRPP Colloquium: Religion and Approaches to Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The session featured Donna Hicks, PhD, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, chair, Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict, and author, Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict (2011); Yakir Englander, Visiting Lecturer in Women's Studies and Judaism and Research Associate, WSRP, HDS and vice president, Kids4Peace International, Israel, Palestine, and the US; Yousef Bashir, Palestinian from Gaza and master’s candidate, Program in Co-existence and Conflict, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

Watch video: February 2015 RPP Colloquium on Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

Usra speaks RPP PanelRPP Colloquium: Preparing Transformative Leaders for the Religions and the Practice of Peace Domain: Engaged Learning and Collaboration Across Harvard’s Schools
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The session featured Usra Ghazi, MTS candidate, HDS, speaking on “Interfaith Youth Core's theory of change on interfaith engagement, narrative as a tool for leadership development and community mobilization, and prospects for international interfaith research;” Benjamin Marcus, MTS candidate, HDS, on “Engaged religious literacy education through the lens of lived religion;” Elizabeth Breit, MDiv candidate, HDS, on “Mediation: facilitative listening through conflict, and the HLS Harvard Mediation Program;” Angie Thurston, MDiv candidate, HDS, on “Harvard-wide approaches to leadership education and making HDS a spiritual hub for the University;” Alia Braley, MDiv candidate, HDS, on “HDS field education in nonviolent strategy: CANVAS and the Albert Einstein Institute;” and Daniel L. Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, Associate Professor of Psychology at HMS/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty in the Program on Negotiation at HLS, on “Transcending conflict: a practical approach to cosmic conflict.”

Watch video: April 2015 RPP Colloquium on Preparing Transformative Leaders

Charles Hallisey, Madhawa Palihapitiya and Jeff Seul Speak on Sri Lanka and MyanmarRPP Colloquium: Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Religion and Institutions of Civil Society in Conflict and Peacebuilding
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The session featured Charles Hallisey, Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, HDS and former president of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies; Madhawa Palihapitiya, associate director, Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, University of Massachusetts Boston; Jeff Seul, JD, MTS ’97 HDS, LLM ’01 HLS, Lecturer on the Practice of Peace at HDS, cochair of the Peace Appeal Foundation, and partner at Holland & Knight; remarks by Tajay Bongsa, special student, HDS, Buddhist monk, and executive committee member, Global Unites; and discussant Daniel L. Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, Associate Professor of Psychology at HMS/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty in the Program on Negotiation at HLS.

Watch video: April 2015 RPP Colloquium on Sri Lanka and Myanmar