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.

Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald, Dep. Leader of Sinn Fein, to join CRCC Ireland Peace Tour lineup

Mary Lou McDonald is the Deputy Leader of the Sinn Fein Party in Ireland, and T.D. ( Parliamentary Representative) for the Dublin Central constituency. Mary Lou was part of the Sinn Fein negotiating team that delivered the St.Andrews Agreement. Her work on behalf of the survivors of the Magdalene Laundry and Bethany House is well recorded. Mary Lou chairs Sinn Fein’s Constitutional Convention Committee and represents the party at the Convention alongside her colleagues from the Dail and the Assembly.  Click here to learn about the CRCC Ireland Peace Tour.

Institute Alumni reunite in Jerusalem

unnamed (1)Father Hariawan Adji O. Carm. recently visited with other alumni of the Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation in the West Bank and Jerusalem. “Harry”, a Catholic Priest and lecturer on the Faculty of Humanities at Airlangga State University in Surabaya, spoke at…
Read about Father Hariawan’s visit to Jerusalem

Betsy Bernard is new Chair of CRCC Advisory Board

Betsy Bernard  PRAfter two years of service on the CRCC Advisory Board, we are thrilled to announce Betsy Bernard as its new Chair. Betsy is an accomplished CEO, experienced public company Board Director and popular speaker.

As President of AT&T, she led more than 50,000 employees in a $27 billion business that served the needs of four million global business customers. For three consecutive years, Bernard appeared on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”

As Platinum Sponsors for the Inaugural CRCC Gala, Betsy and her partner Laurie were key advocates of CRCC’s mission to build peace through scholarly understanding of conflict and through building global partnerships with organizations like the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund. Learn more.

CRCC to lead Ireland Peace Tour and Conference in January 2014

Peace Tour-logoIn January 2015, the CRCC will be leading a seven-day trip to Ireland, with a focus on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. The trip includes visits to Dublin, Belfast, Derry and Donegal, where you can also enjoy the Drew University Transatlantic Connections Conference, hosted by the Caspersen Graduate School.  The Peacebuilding trip is open to all.  For further details please email trip coordinator Niamh Hamill nhamill@drew.edu.
Learn more about the trip. For a full trip itinerary click here.

Don Mullan launches peace tour at Drew CRCC

Woody Kerkeslager receives the "Honorary Peacebuilder Award"
Woody Kerkeslager receives the “Honorary Peacebuilder Award”

Earlier this year, Irish author and humanitarian Don Mullan accepted the Peace Through Truth & Reconciliation Award at CRCC’s Inaugural Gala and introduced his latest initiative: The Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Project. During World War I, on and around Christmas Day in 1914, fighting ceased on the Western Front and soldiers shared in holiday celebrations and gestures of good will. The truce was popularized by the French film, Joyeux Noël and this year marks the 100th anniversary.

Don Mullan and Jonathan Golden with students from the Global Peacebuilding and Leadership College Seminar
Don Mullan and Jonathan Golden with students from the Global Peacebuilding and Leadership College Seminar

On Monday, September 22, 2014, Mullan launched his official tour of The Christmas Truce  and Flanders Peace Field Project at a CRCC-exclusive event at 8:00 p.m. in Crawford Hall, The Ehinger Center, on Drew University campus. Read more.

 

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