Engaging minds in the discussion of conflict & peacebuilding through public programs

Bridging the campus and community

The Center sponsors a vibrant mix of lectures and symposia that bring leading scholars, public intellectuals, and practitioners to campus to educate and inspire fresh thinking about the complex role of religion in national and international affairs.



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Our signature events:

Religion and Conflict: Alternative Visions

The Religion and Conflict: Alternative Visions speaker series brings nationally and internationally recognized experts to campus to address the sources and dynamics of conflict and strategies for its resolution. 

Past speakers have included Michael Ignatieff, Martha Nussbaum, E.J. DionneKaren Armstrong, Andrew Bacevich, Reza Aslan, Peter Bergen, and others.

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Anthea Butler 2019 Marshall Speaker

The Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Speaker Series is an endowed lecture series that honors the life-long commitment of Maxine Besser Marshall ('76) and Jonathan Marshall to education, civil liberties, and world peace.

Past speakers have included Philip Gorski, Rene GirardShuan Casey, Eliza GriswoldDaisy Khan, Jeffrey Kripal, Elizabeth Shakman-Hurd, and others.

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The Hardt-Nickachos Lectures in Peace Studies features leading scholars and practitioners whose work highlights humanity’s imagination of peace and efforts to construct peace in diverse locations, historical periods, and in the contemporary moment.

Past speakers have included Pankaj Mishra, Joseph Elder, Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Ira ChernusDavid Smock, and others.

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Conversations at the Center is a colloquium series that fosters in-depth exploration of theoretical, methodological and regional issues in the study of religion and conflict among faculty, graduate students, and the community.

Past speakers have included Anand GopalJoshua MitchellMiriam Cooke, Scott AtranSophia McClennenWinnifred Fallers Sullivan, and others.

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Watch videos of our previous lectures:

APR 2019: Religion, Media, & Climate Change: What's the story?

Religion, Media, & Climate Change: What's the Story?

MAR 2019: Religion, Nationalism, & the Future of Democracy

Religion, Nationalism and Future of Democracy

FEB 2019: Surviving Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak

Surviving Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak

Watch videos of past lectures and speaker interviews


Listen to live recordings from past lectures