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.

Please join us for a virtual Interfaith Iftar gathering. 

1:  Learn to cook – and eat – with StarChef Zia Sheikh, and Halal food adventurer, Sameer Sarmast of Sameer’sEats.
2:  Help us bring people together and bring attention to the issue of food insecurity, especially during the pandemic.
 3:  All funds raised will benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morristown.

Join us, May 14 at 7:30pm on facebook 


Important Information.

Drew University continues to monitor COVID-19 and is operating in Drew Virtual Time for both learning and business through August 7. The University intends to welcome students to campus for the fall semester beginning August 16, with an on-time start of classes August 24. Read more.

Visit the COVID-19 resource site for ongoing updates and answers to FAQ.


Religion, Culture and COVID-19

In this edition of Reflections, Jonathan Golden, Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, addresses the implications of alarming trends to “point fingers” and assign blame for our current pandemic. His latest book project, Turning Point, is based on interviews with victims/survivors and ex-combatants of ethno-religious conflict.

CRCC New Neighbor School Success Service Project Continues Relationship with the International Rescue Committee.

Drew students deliver online tutoring for refugees with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Drew’s Community Based Learning (CBL) course is designed to allow students to apply academic learning with off-campus community work. Read a recent interview with undergraduate student tutors here.

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.”

Drew Action Scholars: Community, Innovation, Global Impact.

Drew Action Scholars is a two-year program with a four-year scholarship, guided by a distinctive, results- and action-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving.

Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to succeed in our global cultures and economies, and to change the world for the better.

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum 2020.

Women’s Health and Education: A Path toward Peace.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, M.D., MPH

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed.

Five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Izzeldin Abuelaish leads the Sugerman Forum 2020. An internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, Palestinian medical doctor Dr. Abuelaish is currently Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He advances educational opportunities for women and girls with his organization, the Daughters for Life Foundation.

Learn more here.

Event Co-Sponsors
The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict
The Marjorie M. and Irwin Nat Pincus Fund Lecture Series, Drew University Hillel