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Understanding Religion and Public Life

Harvard Divinity School launched this week Religion and Public Life (RPL), a new initiative and degree program with the core mission to advance the public understanding of religion in service of a just world at peace. The master of religion and public life (MRPL) is the first new degree program at HDS in 50 years, since it introduced the master of theological studies.

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Religion & Cultural Activism: Disrupting Peace and Pursuing Justice in Palestine/ Israel

December 3, 2020

Religion & Cultural Activism: Disrupting Peace and Pursuing Justice in Palestine/ Israel
Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:00 AM–1:00 PM EST

Presiding: Santiago H. Slabodsky, Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, Hofstra University

Responding: Atalia Omer, Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, The University of Notre Dame and Senior Fellow in Conflict and Peace at Harvard Divinity School’s Religion and Public Life.

Join Diane L. Moore, the founding...

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RCPI Event Video: Book Talk: "The Hundred Years' War on Palestine" by Rashid Khalidi

October 30, 2020

The latest book by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017, is a departure from his previous work as a historian. Writing for a public rather than scholarly audience, he draws on personal and familial experiences from across generations to argue that ongoing settler colonial violence is supplanting Palestinians and erasing their historical belonging to their land.

Khalidi discusses his book with Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor...

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A ‘Public Enlightenment’: Harvard Divinity School Begins New Program in Religion and Public Life

October 26, 2020

The Harvard Divinity School launched a new program in Religion and Public Life this month, its first new degree program in 50 years.

The program is aimed at studying the ways religion and civic life interact, said Jacob K. Olupona, a professor of African Religions jointly appointed at the Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who will teach courses as part of the RPL program. It includes both degree-granting and certificate-granting components, as well as a series of public speaker events, panels, and webinars.

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Ed Blog: Amy Coney Barrett and the Internal Diversity of American Catholic Women

October 23, 2020

When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the Supreme Court, her religious identity as a conservative, charismatic Catholic immediately became a subject of intense scrutiny. On one level, the American public and their representatives in Congress were interested in how Barrett’s religious commitments might influence her judicial work. But on another level, the public conversation about Barrett’s identity reveals the internal diversity of how American Catholics think about what it means to be a Catholic woman, mother, and even feminist.

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