Through a photo documentation project in the complex area of the South Hebron Hills in Area C of the West Bank, two Harvard Divinity School fellows uncovered layered Jewish identities of activists in solidarity with Palestinians, including within themselves.
“It’s hard to be afar and to be distant. I feel a lot of passion for doing whatever I can to help even if I’m far away. If I can’t be there to give out blankets or to administer first aid or simply be with my friends in the bomb shelters, I want to do everything I can from here," says Michelle B. Goldhaber, MDiv ’05, HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council Chairperson.
“Worse still, on some issues it’s very hard to see any difference between Macron and Le Pen, especially on the visibility of Muslims. Some of Macron’s ministers have been even more excessive than she has on this matter," says HDS Visiting Professor Jocelyne Cesari.
Taurean J. Webb, 2021-22 Fellow in Conflict and Peace with the Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative at HDS, presented a collaborative art exhibition called “Ye Shall Inherit the Earth & Faces of the Divine” at a virtual event sponsored by the Religion and Public Life.
Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, discusses how Vladimir Putin is not just involved in a violent land grab. He believes he's fighting his own holy war to restore the ancient territory of the 'Holy Rus,' with the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as the 'Third Rome.'
Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, discusses her recent book, "We God's People: the Politics of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in the World of Nations," which is based on five years of work with a unique international research team that has produced new data to anticipate religious conflicts in Syria, Turkey, China, India, and Russia.
The Harvard Center for African Studies hosted the Folorunso Alakija Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life in Africa, titled "Faith and Women’s Rights: The Role of Religion," on December 1, 2021. The event was moderated by Leila Ahmed, Victor S. Thomas Research Professor of Divinity at HDS.