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.
Inaugural CRCC Gala to Honor Global Peacebuilders
The Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict is pleased to announce its Inaugural Awards Gala to be held in Mendham, New Jersey on March 31, 2014. Former Drew University President, Governor Thomas H. Kean, will serve as the Gala’s chair and keynote speaker. CRCC will present two major awards this year. The Peace through Truth and Reconciliation Award will recognize Don Mullan for his role in the Irish peace process and for living out the ideal that truth is a critical step toward building lasting peace. The Empowerment through Education Award will honor The Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund for its work of building peace through education. Click here for more information on the Gala.
Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, April 9
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.
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Arts of Respect 2014
AOR is a two-week arts festival and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts, AOR gives Drew’s most gifted artists, as well as local high school students, a forum for conversations about hatred and bias, while promoting cultural and religious understanding on campus and in our community.
Deadline for submissions: March 20, 2014
Expanding Education in Afghanistan
In November 2013, Zainab Yusofi, a scholarship recipient of the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund (AGFAF), spoke at Drew about her experience coming from the schools of Kabul to the College of Saint Elizabeth in Madison. Both Drew and CSE have partnered with AGFAF to bring Afghan women to study at University. Zainab also spoke about giving back and her efforts to help expand education in her home country.
Zainab is in the honors program at CSE and is pursuing global studies with a minor in business. She plans to continue her education at graduate school where she hopes to study international relations and business.
Ultimately, Zainab hopes to work for the United Nations and then go back to Afghanistan to work high in government administration to enact change.
In November, the CRCC commemorated the five year anniversary of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai with a documentary screening and 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; Shafeeq Rehman Mahajir, one of India’s most prominent human rights lawyers
The event was 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 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 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. Our first participants have already begun to employ their new knowledge, skills and relationships to build peace in their home countries.
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.