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.



A note regarding our upcoming events & COVID-19:

March 13, 2020

Dear CSRC community,

In light of public health concerns, and in a proactive effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all upcoming Center events have been postponed until further notice. This includes:

  • MAR. 26: Truth & Democracy, A talk by Jeff Flake
  • MAR. 27: What is True(?), with Serene Jones
  • MAR. 27: Do I Have a Witness? Hannah Arendt for the Post-Truth Era, with Ned O’Gorman
  • APR. 2: Healing the Divided States of America: A conversation with E.J. Dionne & Melissa Rogers
  • MAY 6: Student Awards Lunch

The health and well-being of our speakers, faculty, staff, students, and event attendees is our top priority and we appreciate your understanding.

We are actively working with speakers to identify new dates for the fall and will keep you updated on these details as they become available.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Wishing you all health, resilience, and peace, 

John Carlson
Interim Director



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 from past events:

SEP 2019: A Crisis in American Christianity? How Scholar-Practitioners Can
Engage the Current Moment

"A Crisis in American Christianity? How Scholar-Practitioners Can Engage the Current Moment," with David Gushee

OCT 2019: Targeting the Sacred:
When Houses of Worship Come Under Attack

Targeting the Sacred: When Houses of Worship Come Under Attack

OCT 2019: Apocalyptic Visions:
Telling the Story of Our Climate Future

Watch videos of past lectures and speaker interviews


Listen to live recordings from past lectures