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.


Jerusalem: City of Three Faiths

September 23, 2019   |   7:30 pm   |   Mead Hall Founders Room, Drew University

Free and open to the public. In Conversation:

 Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish

 Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

 Reverend Christa Compton

7th Annual Dean Hopper Conference 2019, Refugees, Citizenship, and Belonging: Towards a History of the Present.

The current focus on refugees, and the familiar claim that we are experiencing a “refugee crisis” is clearly a response to geo-political events. But it is also a moment in our discursive history. As such, the present situation calls for a historicization of the major terms and concepts of our political debate.

In working out the intertwined cultural histories of refugees, citizenship, and the nation, perhaps with Homi K. Bhabha we can imagine new forms of belonging that do not posit the refugee as an enemy. The seventh annual Dean Hopper Conference of Fall 2019 (20-21st September) will examine these and related questions, placing the current “refugee crisis” in cultural, historical and political context.

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Judith Surkis, Rutgers University
Professor Jonathan Golden, Drew University
Frank Nardi, Doctoral Candidate, Drew University

New Neighbor School Success Service Project

The CRCC, in collaboration with Drew University Center for Civic Engagement, tutors recently-arrived New Jersey schoolchildren.

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.”

2019 Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum.

Camp David: 40 Years of Israeli-Egyptian Peace.

M. Anis Salem, former Egyptian Ambassador.
Sarah Yerkes, fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador.

April 16, 2019.

Reflections on the Anniversary of Charlottesville

Turning Tragedy into Opportunity: The Forgiveness of a Grieving Parent

In this edition of Reflections, Jonathan Golden, Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, draws parallels among the responses of parents around the globe to tragedy and loss, and discusses the the power of forgiveness. His latest book project, Turning Point, is based on interviews with victims/survivors and ex-combatants of ethno-religious conflict.

Read Jonathan's Reflections below.

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