Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict


Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict

Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which people from different cultural, ethnic and religion traditions interact, and how both difference and similarity can serve as a resource for building peace. Our mission is to educate a next generation of leaders in interfaith and intercultural understanding and peace. Learn more about us.

Drew Saddened to Announce Passing of Dr. Shirley Sugerman Rosenberg G’70.

Founder, Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum and Drew Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Alumna

“It is with great sadness that I am writing to share the news that Dr. Shirley Sugerman Rosenberg G’70, passed away on Monday, November 23. She was 101.

“Shirley was a graduate of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, trustee emerita, and founder of the Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, which brought speakers such as Nicholas Kristof (see photo below), Eboo Patel, Susannah Heschel, and many more to Drew.

“In 2016, the Drew Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict honored Sugerman with the Honorary Peacebuilder Award for her dedication to peacebuilding and for her work to end conflict and build bridges between peoples.  It is truly remarkable that Shirley had the vision to create such a forum 30 years ago.”    –  Jonathan Golden, CRCC Director.

Read additional tributes to Dr. Sugerman in Drew Today.

Drew Action Scholars: Community, Innovation, Global Impact.

Drew Action Scholars is a two-year program with a four-year scholarship, guided by a distinctive, results- and action-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving.

Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to succeed in our global cultures and economies, and to change the world for the better.


Religion, Culture and COVID-19

In this edition of Reflections, Jonathan Golden, Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, addresses the implications of alarming trends to “point fingers” and assign blame for our current pandemic. His latest book project, Turning Point, is based on interviews with victims/survivors and ex-combatants of ethno-religious conflict.

CRCC New Neighbor School Success Service Project Continues Relationship with the International Rescue Committee.

Drew students deliver online tutoring for refugees with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Drew’s Community Based Learning (CBL) course is designed to allow students to apply academic learning with off-campus community work. Read a recent interview with undergraduate student tutors here.

Help CRCC fill their backpacks! Your $36 donation purchases a backpack filled with school supplies for one child.

Donate here, and specify “CRCC New Neighbors.”

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2020.

Women’s Health and Education: A Path toward Peace.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, M.D., MPH

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed.

Five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Izzeldin Abuelaish leads the Sugerman Forum 2020. An internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, Palestinian medical doctor Dr. Abuelaish is currently Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He advances educational opportunities for women and girls with his organization, the Daughters for Life Foundation.

Learn more here.

Event Co-Sponsors
The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict
The Marjorie M. and Irwin Nat Pincus Fund Lecture Series, Drew University Hillel