Conflict and Peace

Professor Jocelyne Cesari

‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

February 11, 2020

On January 3, the United States launched a drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, whom United States officials said was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition soldiers. Soleimani’s killing prompted a retaliatory attack by Iran on an American base in Iraq, during which a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down, killing 176 people on board.... Read more about ‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne

Keeping Home Close after You Leave It

December 4, 2019
For Dean David Hempton and his wife, Louanne, the short film Remains by Northern Ireland artist Willie Doherty spoke to a reality they are all too familiar with. Part of the Harvard Art Museums exhibit Crossing Lines, Constructing Homes, the film gives the audience a look back to The Troubles.
Julia Hintlian, MTS ′18 and Harvard PhD Candidate

Humans of HDS: Formations of My Identity

September 24, 2019

“I’ve spent time in the Republic of Armenia, and in ‘Western Armenia’ (now Eastern Turkey). A lot of our churches have been desecrated and destroyed, and those of us who are fortunate to survive have a responsibility not only to know what we’ve lost, but to know that what we have inherited is valuable.”—Julia Hintlian, MTS ′18 and Harvard PhD Candidate... Read more about Humans of HDS: Formations of My Identity

Noam Shuster-Eliassi

HDS Fellow Is a Jewish Israeli Comic with Palestinian Fans

September 6, 2019
On a recent Wednesday, Noam Shuster-Eliassi strolled around the tiny village in Israel where she grew up, Neve Shalom or "Oasis of Peace," wishing goodbye to her neighbors. The Israeli comedian was heading to Harvard University in just a few days for to serve as a visiting fellow with the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS. There, she will be writing an hourlong comedy show in Hebrew, English, and Arabic. She is calling it, “Coexistence My Ass.”
Executive Education instructors Laura Tuach and Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Executive Education with a Soul

July 2, 2019
Making Change, HDS's summer executive course, is an intensive, four-day class designed to offer a different type of value from those offering management skills or best business practices.
Federica D'Alessandra

Sustaining Peace: The Role of Ethics, Law, and Policy

April 24, 2018

On May 3, the RPP Colloquium dinner series hosted by Religions and the Practice of Peace (RPP) will feature lifelong peace advocate Benjamin B. Ferencz, JD '43 Harvard Law School (HLS), the lead prosecutor and last living prosecutor of the Nüremberg Military Trials. Ahead of this special event, Federica D'Alessandra, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) fellow and RPP adviser, discussed her work with Ferencz and the urgent need to uphold international law and human rights norms in our era.... Read more about Sustaining Peace: The Role of Ethics, Law, and Policy


Video: Claiming God's Peace When Whiteness Stands Its Ground

February 7, 2018

The Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, and examined the social/political and theological implications of whiteness as an impediment to living God’s justice.