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.

Sugerman Forum 2018The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018   |   Mead Hall   |  5:00 p.m, doors open at 4:30 pm

“Building Peace in Northern Ireland: 20 Years On.”

Reflecting on peace on the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, with Keynote Speakers

Laurence McKeown, Playwright, Author, Socially Engaged Artist

Tom Kelly, Derry Bogside Artist

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum was established in 1991 and endowed by Dr. Shirley Sugerman G ’70, Drew trustee emerita, and other donors. The forum provides a venue for interdisciplinary exchanges between and among scholars, teachers, religious leaders, and members of the larger community interested in exploring issues of interfaith understanding, the diversity of religiously-based ethical perspectives, and the political, social, and cultural conflicts caused by the clash of religious traditions.
Free and open to the public. Campus map and directions here.
Image credit: artwork by Tom Kelly/Bogside Artists
View photo gallery from past Sugerman Interfaith Forum events   2017   |   2016

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies: 6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference

“An island at the center of the world”: Reconsidering Ireland’s Role on the Global Stage

 DeanHopper6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference,

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

April 20 and 21, 2018

Scholars expand conversations surrounding Ireland’s role on the international stage in the 20th and 21st centuries, presenting their research on the historical, cultural and political connections among the island and the world. The conference includes special commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.  Conference registration and directions here.

Safer Communities – AmeriCorps Program

Drew University has received an operating support grant from AmeriCorps NJ, a division of the New Jersey Department of State

BC_1214_ConflictResolution_002Drew University, along with its law enforcement partners, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, aims to improve law enforcement and community relations in New Jersey.  AmeriCorps members will play a vital role in the planning and execution of initiatives and activities that will address the culture of distrust between the community and law enforcement across the state. Read more here.

View photos from our Safer Communities Initiative Launch and Information Session, February 27, 2018.

Drew students – College, Graduate, and Theological – are excited to work with CRCC

Hear it directly from the students themselves in our video:

CRCC featured in Drew Magazine

“Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict was founded 10 years ago to foster peace between people of disparate backgrounds. Today its mission is more timely than ever.”

Read “Building Bridges to Peace,” a feature article in the recent Summer 2017 issue of Drew Magazine.  Ten milestones demonstrate the CRCC’s ongoing aim to “move us beyond mere tolerance for one” towards “mutual respect for everyone.”

AmeriCorps NJ LogoNEW – AmeriCorps Member Service Opportunities

Drew University has been awarded a three-year AmeriCorps grant from the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service to launch its Community Policing Initiative, which is a comprehensive program designed to improve law enforcement and community relations by promoting greater understanding, communication and positive interaction between them.

NJOAG logoA limited number of service opportunities are available with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General 


NJOHSP logoand New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.



A limited number of part-time member service opportunities are available at Drew University’s AmeriCorps Community Oriented Policing Conflict Resolution and De-Escalation Training Program Members participate in training local police, community members, and at-risk youth in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques.

Applicants must meet the following AmeriCorps minimum requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check.



AmeriCorps NJ LogoAmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Read about AmeriCorps programs here.


Getting. Things. Done   |   The AmeriCorps National Service Network   |

 Upcoming Events

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Arts of Respect

The Center on Religion Culture and Conflict invites applications for the 2018 Arts of Respect – Paul Drucker Fellowship Program.

6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference

April 20-21, 2018   |   Hosted by Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Drew University’s 6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference aims to engage issues of spatiality through concepts of peripheries, diasporas, and their related power structures in Ireland and abroad. Related papers from all disciplines are welcomed in Irish or English.

Highlights from Recent CRCC Activities

MARCH 16-17, 2018
IFYC Interfaith Youth Core Campus Lab 

The theme of this Spring 2018 Regional Conference is “Welcoming Our Neighbors.”

Learn more hereRegister Today!

Develop vital leadership skills, engage in a shared service project, and learn how to start an interfaith movement on your own campus.

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Douglass lecture

Frederick Douglass: The Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights

February 23, 2018. Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Prof. Christine Kinealy, Director, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University

Nettie Washington Douglass, Co-founder and Chairwoman, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Transatlantic Connections Conference V

January 10-14, 2018   |   Bundoran, County Donegal

Fifth annual Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference in Ireland.

Irish Studies Program at Drew University, in association with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland.

2017 Sisterhood Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

4th Annual Muslim Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference | November 5, 2017

Rabbi Ron Kronish speaks to a packed house about his new book, The Other Peace Process

Rabbi Kronish Hosted by Professor Jonathan Golden

Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.

October 16, 2017    |   Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub, 23 Main Street, Madison, New Jersey

Learn more about the event, and read about author Rabbi Ron Kronish and his latest book.

Women’s Education & Entrepreneurship in East Africa with Ernest Charles Futa

Mandela Fellow Aug 30 20172017 Nelson Mandela Fellow | Young African Leaders Initiative Fellow

August 30, 2017 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Crawford Hall | Ehinger Center | Drew University

Presented by:  Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict | DASA | Pan-African Studies Department | Anthropology Department | Humanities Program | Everyday Ethics

Gala 2017: Peace through Perseverance honored George J. Mitchell, former United States Senator from Maine

The Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict and Drew University honors former Senator George Mitchell with the CRCC Peacebuilder award, May 1, 2017.

The Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict and Drew University honors former Senator George Mitchell with the CRCC Peacebuilder award, May 1, 2017.

View the Event Page and Photo Gallery  |  Read about the event at Drew Today


TACC2017 Tue CRCC award (40) notWMTransatlantic Connections Conference Ireland 2017.

The CRCC awarded the Peacebuilder award in recognition of the extraordinary contribution of Pat Hume to the Irish Peace Process. John Hume, Jr. accepted the award on behalf of his mother. Read more about the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference and our fourth year in Ireland, January 11 -14, 2017.

The CRCC Peacebuilder Award

Established in 2014, the Peacebuilder Award honors individuals and organizations that stand as paragons of peacebuilding, who work to end conflict and to build bridges between peoples. Learn more about our honorees here.

Arts of Respect 2017

The Center on Religion Culture and Conflict invited applications for the 2016-17 Arts of Respect – Paul Drucker (C’51, P’83) Fellowship Program. Fellows to receive up to $1,000 to facilitate art projects that explore the theme of RESPECT and encourage members of the campus community to do the same. GENERATION Z

For program guidelines, click here. Learn more about past fellowship recipients and exhibitions.

Peacebuilding: From Pakistan to Palestine, March 27, 2017

20170327_213016Tareq Samman and Muhammed Hussain, participants in the 2017 Drew Institute of Religion and Conflict Transformation, spoke about their innovative practices for building peace and justice for communities in conflict.

Bryony May, Arlo Ayres ​Brown Visiting Professor lectures at Drew University

St. Pats Lecture March 16It’s parading Jim, but not as we know it’: The Orange Order & St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland,” March 16, 2017

“Conflict in Art,” April 20, 2017

CRCC Sugerman 2017Radical Redemption: Confronting Fear and Hatred in the Wake of Tragedy. The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, March 1, 2017

“Know Your Rights: Navigating Civil Liberties and Security” with Ehsan ZaffarFebruary 24, 2017 .


Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Muslim Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference at Drew University, December 4, 2016.

United States Senator for New Jersey Cory Booker spoke to over 450 Muslim and Jewish women at sold-out Leadership ConferenceUnited States Senator for New Jersey Cory Booker spoke to over 450 Muslim and Jewish women at sold-out Leadership Conference

 The 2016 Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation

Drew UniversityThe second Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation commenced on July 10, 2016. The CRCC’s goal with the Institute is to train Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world in religious conflict transformation and peacemaking. The 2016 cohort includes Egyptians, Indonesians, Israelis, Nigerians, Pakistanis, and Palestinians. Read more…

Drew University Commencement Speaker 2016. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:  Paragon of Pluralism

Barer Distinguished Fellow 2016: Don Mullan

Through a generous gift from Dr. Sol J. and Meri Barer and the Barer Family, Drew CRCC welcomed Global peace activist Don Mullan as the Barer Distinguished Visiting Fellow for 2016-2017.  Don Mullan is an Irish peacebuilder, humanitarian, media producer and best-selling author … learn more.

Religion as a Source of Peace, April 14, 2016. CRCC Partnered with Peace Islands Institute.

Drew Hosted Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting, March 2016.

CRCC celebrated Better Together Day with guest Egyptian peace activist, Amira Abouhussein, April 6, 2016.

On October 31, 2016 the CRCC hosted Coexistence and Inter-Religious Cooperation in Israel and Palestine: A Public Dialogue.

Rabbi Ron KronishRabbi Ron Kronish (right), educator, author & speaker and Founder & Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), now a department of Rabbis for Human Rights, in conversation with Issa JabberMayor Issa Jabber of Abu Gosh (left), lecturer, teacher and former Director of Education. Read more.


On the Table Lunch Series, 2016

Drew students speak about South Africa Shortrec Program and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland

Learning Interfaith Leadership in Atlanta 

Drew Students at ILI in Atlanta, 2016
Drew Students at ILI in Atlanta, 2016

A part of a student leadership mentoring program, CRCC sponsored 10 students in attending Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta. The Drew students learned a tremendous amount at the ILI, about themselves, each other, and their relationship with their own faith tradition … continued.

Drew University CRCC was home to the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF) Retreat, November 4 – 6, 2016.

Two dozen students from Afghanistan, now studying at universities throughout the US, gathered again at Drew University for their annual meeting. Attending was Drew’s own undergraduate and CRCC intern Bahara Mohammadi, a AGFAF student who is currently enrolled in the Drew Seminar Global Peacebuilding and Interfaith Leadership. The retreat featured an inspiring presentation by Mount Holyoke College student Sajia Darwish, who has completed a project to build a library at her former high school in Afghanistan. On Darwish’s motivation, and her negotiations to build the Baale Parwaz Library, Farsi for “wings to fly,” click here.

Drew students continue to support AGFAF’s efforts though an online TOEFL tutoring program for students in Afghanistan.

Community Policing 2.0 Program, November 14, 2016.

Distinguished panelists included Jonathan Parham, Chief of Police, Linden Police Department, Bernard Kerik, Former NYC Police Commissioner, and Tommy Tunson, PhD., J.D., Former Police Chief. Read more about the Certificate in Conflict Resolution & Leadership at Drew.

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