The Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which cultures and religions interact in moments of crisis and conflict. We encourage scholarly understanding and conversation about the most problematic, and often tragic, intersections where religions and cultures meet.
Expanding Education in Afghanistan
THURS Nov. 21 4:00 Ehinger Center 145
Zainab Yousofi, one of CRCC partner Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund‘s (AGFAF) scholarship recipients, will talk about her experience coming from schools of Kabul to the College of Saint Elizabeth; and giving back, in her efforts to help expand education in her home country.
November 19, 2013 7 p.m. Learning Center (LC) 28
Please join us for this event commemorating the five year anniversary of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. A screening of documentary material on the event will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring:
Prof. Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Prof. Karen Pechilis, Department of Comparative Religion, Drew University
Prof. Jonathan Golden, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Drew University
*Late Addtion: Shafeeq Rehman Mahajir, one of India’s most prominent human rights lawyers, joins panel!
The event will be moderated by Aarti Virani, an arts and culture writer who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Vogue India. She sits on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association, where she leads efforts to ensure mainstream news media organizations provide fair and accurate coverage of the South Asian-American community.
Co-sponsored by the Drew Department of Comparative Religion, South Asian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Religious Life Council
Reza Aslan brings new book, Zealot, to a packed house at Drew
Reza Aslan, The Wallerstein Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2012-13 and author of the best-selling books, No god, but God, and How to Win a Cosmic War returned to Drew on Sept. 25 to talk about his new book, Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Aslan’s appearance drew a crowd of more than 300 community members to the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, where he answered questions from a friendly audience.
Zealot gained national media attention this year, including a controversial interview on Fox News. Aslan frequently appears on nationally broadcast television and radio programs such as: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, Anderson Cooper 360, and is a contributing editor for The Daily Beast. In exclusive interview with the Daily Record, Aslan depicts a new side of Jesus: an illiterate revolutionary passionate about economic and social justice.
Drew CRCC hosts Summer Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution
24 emerging religious leaders from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan and Nigeria came together for three weeks this summer on the Drew campus to learn about the latest techniques in conflict resolution and peacemaking. Globally important religious elders lent their support and spoke to participants about the importance of interfaith dialogue. The Summer Institute is made possible in part by a $300,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read about participants’ experiences in the Daily Record and the New Jersey Jewish News.
Nicholas Kristof talks gender equality at Sugerman Interfaith Forum
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof brought his newest book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to the Sugerman Interfaith Forum in March, which makes a case for gender equality that the Boston Globe calls “urgent [and] compelling.” Kristof has been a regular columnist for the New York Times since 2001. His columns, which appear twice weekly, have covered topics that range from the Iraq War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to proposed education reforms in the U.S. The Sugerman Interfaith Forum is a 22-year-old series that promotes meaningful dialogue among various groups on issues of shared concern.
Arts of Respect 2013 Winners
Arts of Respect (AOR) is an annual two-week arts festival and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts founded in 2009 and sponsored by the Drew CRCC. Its focus is respect for humankind and to promote greater understanding of how the arts can help build more cohesive community at Drew University and beyond. In 2012, 105 students from Drew’s three schools, the Newark Public Schools’ Marion A. Bolden Center, and Madison and Millburn High Schools created artwork illustrating what respect means to them, and participated in professional performances and artistic workshops. The program culminates with a celebratory event during which the finalists’ interpretations of respect are displayed, read, heard, and acted out. Monetary prizes are awarded, and each student receives a certificate of participation.
Meet the Barer Visiting Fellow
Jessica Jackley was the Barer Visiting Fellow at Drew’s CRCC. While at Drew in 2012-2013, she taught Entrepreneurial Design for Social Change. Jackley graduated from Bucknell University and earned her MBA from Stanford. Inspired by her experiences on an undergraduate study abroad program in Uganda, Jackley conceived and co-found KIVA, a pioneering on-line micro-lending site that now facilitates nearly $350 million in micro-loans annually from 800,000 individual lenders to empower over a million people in 220 countries around the world by allowing them to improve their lives through entrepreneurship.