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.
Our signature events:
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. Dionne, Karen Armstrong, Andrew Bacevich, Reza Aslan, Peter Bergen, and others.
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 Girard, Shuan Casey, Eliza Griswold, Daisy Khan, Jeffrey Kripal, Elizabeth Shakman-Hurd, and others.
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 Chernus, David Smock, and others.
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 Gopal, Joshua Mitchell, Miriam Cooke, Scott Atran, Sophia McClennen, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, and others.
FEB 2021: Are We One Country or Two? A Conversation about Reconciliation with David Blight
OCT 2020: "Who Killed Truth?" A conversation with Jill Lepore
SEP 2020: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times
APR 2021: Can the Soul of the Nation Be Saved?
NOV 2020: Righteous Reckoning: Religion and the 2020 Election
SEP 2020: Telling the Truth in Black and White:
Religion and Racial Injustice in the U.S.