Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict




The Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) at Drew focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which cultures and religions interact in moments of crisis and conflict, and on the ways that religions can serve as a resource for building peace. Our mission is educate a next generation of leadership in interfaith and intercultural peacebuilding


CRCC News and Upcoming Events

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The 2016 Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation 

The second Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution commenced on July 10. 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…


CRCC 3rd Annual Gala 2016

CRCC Honors Dr. Shirley Sugerman and Shafik Gabr for their achievements in Interfaith and Intercultural Peacebuilding

The CRCC Peacebuilder Awards 2016
CRCC Peacebuilder Award honorees, Shafik Gabr and Dr. Shirley Sugerman with Drew University President, Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger



Drew Commencement Speaker 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:  Paragon of Pluralism

Exploring “the Troubles” through Cinema

April 27, 7 p.m.   LC28 (Learning Center, Rm 28)
with Barer Visiting Fellow, Don Mullan

bloody-sundayThe “Troubles”, as the conflict in Northern Ireland is known, has been represented in multiple films.  International peace activist, author, and media producer Don Mullan, was directly involved with some of the most important events of the Troubles.  He was also directly involved with a number of films on the subject.   Join us as the Dr. Sol and Meri Barer visiting fellow Don Mullan discusses three of these films.  Read more…


Religion as a Source of Peace   April 14, 12 p.m.  Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Join us as a panel of religious leaders discuss the imperative for peace as expressed by the scriptures and sages of their faith tradition. Free and open to the public; please r.s.v.p.
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April 15, 1pm  Nigerian Peace Activist, Hafsat Maina
Executive Director of Choice for Peace Gender and Development will discuss her work in Nigeria


trophy3rd Annual Gala
Celebrating Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 6 p.m. VIP reception, 7 p.m. dinner & awards | The Park Avenue Club, Florham Park
Honoring: Shafik Gabr | East-West: The Art of Dialogue
Dr. Shirley Sugerman G’70 | Founder, The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum


Student groups come out for 25th Anniversary of the Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum on Women’s Leadership in Interfaith Affairs

CRCC student leaders at Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta

Featuring: Joyce Dubensky, Sara Sayeed, Sunita Viswanath
Read more…

Irish President Michael D. Higgins presents CRCC Peacebuilder Award to former U.S. Congressman, Bruce Morrison
See the story covered on RTE TV in Ireland!

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Irish President Michael D. Higgins presenting the CRCC Peacebuilder Award to former U.S. Congressman Bruce Morrison, photo by Eugene T. Hamill

On January 10, 2016, Drew University’s CRCC honored former U.S. Congressmen Bruce Morrison for his role in the “Good Friday” peace process.  The CRCC Peace Builder was presented by current President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.  The international award ceremony took place at Club Na Muinteori, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin.
Read the full story here….

Read more about Bruce Morrison and the Peacebuilder Award.  Read more about President Higgins.

Republicans and Unionists come together at Transatlantic Connections Conference:
Panel with Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuiness and Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt.


CRCC Congratulates Maggie Doyne, CRCC 2015  Peacebuilder, now CNN Hero

12279213_1650745658516221_2812288034499044474_nCongratulations to Maggie Doyne, Founder of BlinkNow, and recipient of the 2015 CRCC Peacebuilder, for being named CNN Hero of the year.

Maggie and her organization were honored at our 2nd Annual Gala for their work to empower women and children in Nepal.

We’re proud for Maggie and BlinkNow to be global partners of Drew CRCC.

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36 Madison Avenue Madison NJ 07940 Phone: 973-408-3093