Events

Here is a partial list of events at Harvard and beyond pertaining to religions and the practice of peace. To submit event information, please email Elizabeth Lee-Hood.

Religious Literacy in Dialogue at Harvard (student-led course)
Fall semester: September 9–December 2, 2014

This is a non credit-bearing, application only, semester-long undertaking meant to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to be religiously literate. In the course, religious literacy refers to both an understanding of core concepts (including theology, doctrine, scriptural narrative, social values, religious community, and personal religious experience) as well as a facility with skills related to independent learning and analysis. The class will also explore the ways religion intersects with crosscutting themes related to the self and society.

Visit the Religious Literacy in Dialogue website or email Benjamin Marcus for more information.

CEDAR: Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion
Thursday, October 2, 2014
5–6:30 pm
Location: BU School of Theology, Room B-24, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

The Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University presents a lecture by Adam Seligman as part of their Interfaith Engagement Series.

This talk will provide an overview of CEDAR - Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion - and its 12-years of programming in different countries, and will present the pedagogy and philosophy behind the program. Emphasis will be placed on issues of communal boundaries, moral credit and the collective nature of knowledge. Dr. Seligman will help us understand just what engaging with difference may mean, as an alternative to the many efforts of "finding common ground" or a "shared humanity" that define so many intercommunal and interreligious initiatives. We will discuss the role of discomfort in learning and the importance of experience as opposed to book knowledge in the maturing of our moral consciousness.

Multireligious Encounter as a Spiritual Practice with Usra Ghazi
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1–2 pm
Location: Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Please join us for a presentation by Usra Ghazi, MTS candidate, titled "Multireligious Encounter as a Spiritual Practice."

This presentation is part of a series co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the HDS Student Association, Practicing Divinity: HDS Students Sharing Wisdom on Spiritual Practices, consisting of four, one-hour informal lunchtime presentations/workshops.

The series will feature HDS students sharing some of their expertise, research, and wisdom about a particular spiritual practice with other students, faculty, and staff, and each presentation will briefly highlight a different spiritual practice.

President Carter Book Tour
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
3:30–5:30 pm
Location: Sanders Theater, Memorial Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138

President Jimmy Carter will be coming to Harvard to discuss his latest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

A Call to Action urges the end of discrimination and abuse against women, calling it the number one challenge in the world today. The book builds on the work of faith leaders and courageous human rights defenders who met in 2013 at The Carter Center to mobilize faith groups worldwide to commit to advancing women’s rights. Religion, they said, should be a force for equality and human dignity not oppression.

The event is free, but tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available at the Harvard Box Office.

Selected Past Events

Atalia Omer lecture video thumbnailRefiguring American Jewish Identity through Solidarity with Palestinians: A Relational Approach to Religious Innovation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Based on in-depth interviews with Jewish Palestine solidarity activists and systematic study of Jewish solidarity movement social media, Atalia Omer demonstrates how refiguring alternative Jewish meanings of rituals, practices, and texts may emerge from contesting Jewish nationalism and Israeli occupation policies, through solidarity with Palestinians.
Watch the video
Read the Q&A with Atalia Omer

Bridging Global Religious Divides, UMass-Boston symposiumBridging Global Religious Divides

April 7–8, 2014

2014 Slomoff Symposium, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Program and video links (pdf)

Zilka Spahić Šiljak, WSRP Research Associate 2012-13Shining Humanity: Life Stories of Women Peace-builders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 2, 2014

Zilka Spahic Siljak, WSRP Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer
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Faith-Based Community Organizing: How Working with the Religious Other Can Save the World on YouTubeFaith-Based Community Organizing: How Working With the Religious Other Can Save the World

February 19, 2014

Part of CSWR junior fellow Usra Ghazi’s conversation series, "Interfaith as Antidote: Models of Faith-Based Civic Engagement"
Panelists: Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Education; Erica Rothschild, Boston’s Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action: and Yusufi Vali, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Watch the video
Read Harvard Gazette coverage

Religions and Peace: Do Universities Have a Role panelReligions & Peace: Do Universities Have a Role?

December 2, 2013

Hosted by Dean David N. Hempton and moderated by Diana L. Eck.
Panelists: Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School; Shaun Casey, U.S. Secretary of State’s special advisor for faith-based community initiatives; Matthew Hodes, director of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; Jonathan Granoff, president of Global Security Institute and special representative of United Religions Initiative; and Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard research associate and lecturer on Islamic studies.
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Dean David N. Hempton delivers the 2012 Convocation AddressThe Fog of Religious Conflict

August 30, 2012

HDS Convocation Address 2012
Dean David N. Hempton drew on the memory of violence he witnessed in Northern Ireland to offer hopeful visions for the future.
Watch the video
Read the full text
Read Harvard Gazette coverage