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Sustaining and Documenting Co-Resistance: A Conversation between RCPI Fellows Mati Milstein and Oriel Eisner

July 5, 2022
Written by Erin Naomi Burrows 
 

Through a photo documentation project in the complex area of the South Hebron Hills in Area C of the West Bank, two Harvard Divinity School fellows uncovered layered Jewish identities of activists in solidarity with Palestinians, including within themselves.... Read more about Sustaining and Documenting Co-Resistance: A Conversation between RCPI Fellows Mati Milstein and Oriel Eisner

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RPL in the News: "Maggie Rogers on Creating Intention, Connection through Music at Harvard Divinity"

May 26, 2022

"When Maggie Rogers took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April to perform in front of tens of thousands of people, many of them likely did not know the performance was also part of her graduate school requirement.

Rogers, the Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and performer, will graduate this year from Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) degree, a program designed for experienced professionals who wish to...

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Video: Leading Toward Justice: Intersections of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

May 9, 2022

Toward Justice: Intersections, of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

Hosted by HDS Alumni Relations and co-sponsored by Religion and Public Life, this event series  showcases the unique impact of Divinity School alumni in the world. This panel discussed the critical importance and need for ethical practices and religious literacy in the field of journalism today.... Read more about Video: Leading Toward Justice: Intersections of Religion, Ethics, and Journalism

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A Catholic Abortion Doula on Reproductive Justice as a Religious Vocation

May 6, 2022

Phillip Picardi, Master of Religion in Public Life (MRPL) candidate, has launched a series of daily newsletters, Religiously Blond, as part of his final public project. An award-winning journalist and editor best known for rebranding Teen Vogue, Phillip also founded them., served as Editor-In-Chief of Out and is the current host of the Crooked Media podcast...

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Meet CRPL Student Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23

May 5, 2022

Human of HDS features Certificate in Religion and Public Life student, Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23. Read about her connection to RPL, her experience interning at the UN and launching the Death Café: 

“How can we become more religious and culturally literate in both our policymaking and understanding of current issues affecting human rights when advocating for communities who have been wronged?”... Read more about Meet CRPL Student Ciara Moezidis, MTS ‘23

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Video: Walking Through the Twilight: A Visual Exploration of Contemporary Jewish Anti-Occupation Activism

April 22, 2022

Walking Through the Twilight is a photographic exploration of American Jewish activism in solidarity with Palestinians against the Israeli military occupation. The project explores the interplay between Jewish religious identity and activism, discussing issues of identity, faith, and action.

 

Explore the project online at www.walkingthroughthetwilight.com 

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Video: Decolonize Now: A Conversation about Radical Imagination and Justice in Israel/Palestine

April 22, 2022

Since the signing of Oslo, or the Declaration of Principles, in 1993, the question of Palestine has been rammed into the constricting paradigms of statehood and diplomatic negotiations. The peace process framework not only eschewed the consequential dimension of power from the question of Palestine but limited its possible futures by reducing it to a matter of, at best, equitable partitions. This conversation aimed to peel back those debilitating frameworks to consider how other approaches like anti-racism, feminism, and anti-imperialism could help overcome restrictive binaries and lead...

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RPL Spring Newsletter

April 21, 2022

Dear RPL Community, 

The glorious arrival of spring coincides with the cumulation of Religion and Public Life’s first full year at HDS. Amid the hectic flurry of these final weeks, we are celebrating months of powerful connection, learning, and collaboration. ...

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Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back

April 19, 2022

Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back 

 

Thursday, April 28th 1-2:00 pm EST | Zoom

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Cynthia Wilson, (RPL Native and Indigenous Rights Fellow) and Angelo Baca (Cultural Resources Coordinator for Utah Diné Bikéyah) will speak from their experience as Indigenous community organizers helping to secure the protection of Bears Ears National Monument.... Read more about Bears Ears is Listening: We Are Still Here and the Land is Calling Us Back

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Understanding Climate Through Stories: Teresa Cavazos Cohn, RPL 2021–22 Climate Change Fellow 

April 18, 2022
Written by Natalie Cherie Campbell  

Teresa Cavazos Cohn: RPL Climate Change Fellow

Religion and Public Life’s first Climate Change Fellow, Teresa Cavazos Cohn, says that working with the Religion and Public Life (RPL) community is a real opportunity. She shares,

“RPL has proven to be a creative space in terms of my own thinking. For example, RPL is helping me think about diverse, global audiences in relation to climate in new and dynamic ways that are quite energizing.”... Read more about Understanding Climate Through Stories: Teresa Cavazos Cohn, RPL 2021–22 Climate Change Fellow 

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Announcing Public MRPL Final Presentations

April 12, 2022
 
Harvard Divinity School Religion and Public Life, Master of Religion and Public Life Final Presentations 2022
 
Join us in witnessing and celebrating the inaugural cohort of Master of Religion and Public Life candidates as they present their final projects that engage the complexity of religion within their vocations. The final project is shaped in consultation with Dr. Diane L. Moore, the faculty instructor of the Religion and Public Life Seminar, MRPL candidate peers in the seminar, and the students' faculty advisor. MRPL candidates promote a robust and capacious understanding of the power of religion in human experience and contemporary global affairs.... Read more about Announcing Public MRPL Final Presentations
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RPL in the News: "Divinity School Hosts Conversation on Peace and Power in Palestine"

April 11, 2022
Harvard Crimson writer Kenny Gu covers Religion and Public Life's Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative (RCPI) Fellow Noura Erakat's event, “Decolonize Now: A Conversation about Radical Imagination and Justice in Israel/Palestine."
 
Ganz kicked off the discussion by questioning how people mobilize around their struggles. He responded to his own question by referring to the teachings of the Protestant theologian Walter Brueggemann, who wrote about the relationship between criticality and hope.
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Video: A Home for the Human Spirit: Cultural Activism and the Moral Imagination in the Inherit Art Project

April 8, 2022

This presentation chronicled the evolution of the collaborative art exhibition, "Ye Shall Inherit the Earth & Faces of the Divine." The exhibition, featuring works of artists from the African Diasporic and Palestinian exilic communities, attempts to gesture towards some commentary about both the universality and specificity of conversations ranging from human rights, human dignity, and artistic production-as-a practice of resistance. Follow the Inherit exhibition on Instagram @inherit_exhibit22. This event took place on March 29, 2022.

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Healing From Extremism Panel April 11th (in-person and online)

April 6, 2022
 

Healing from Extremism: How Community Members Can Help Loved Ones Exit Hate

What drives people to join hate groups? And when they decide to leave, what comes next? "Healing from Extremism" is a panel event featuring former extremists, chaplains, and current Parents for Peace staff who work on the front lines of de-radicalization work.
 
This panel and Q&A will be moderated by Susie Hayward, Associate Director of the Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative at Harvard Divinity School.
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RPL in the News: "HDS Fellow Presents Art Exhibition on Cultural Activism and Identity"

March 30, 2022
Harvard Crimson writer Kenny Gu covers Religion and Public Life's Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative (RCPI) Fellow Taurean J. Webb's event, “A Home for the Human Spirit: Cultural Activism and the Moral Imagination in the Inherit Art Project.”
"In spearheading the project, Webb said he hoped to reimagine links between Black and Palestinian identities and highlight 'Black-Palestinian transnational solidarity and the shared joys and the shared fears.'
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Video: To Eat Alone Is to Die Alone: A Voyage into the Lives of Seeds and Their Communities

March 29, 2022

In this talk, Vivien Sansour shared excerpts of her upcoming autobiographical book weaving a poetic narration of people, plants, and other food stories from Palestine to South America, taking us on her journey of establishing the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the projects that resulted from it. Professor Bahhur explored how stories inform our political and social realities on a global level and how they can be catalysts for a new conversation about indigenous knowledge and spirituality.

This event took place on March 22, 2022.

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"Everyday you have less reason not to give yourself away"

March 28, 2022

John Camardella, MRPL '22 Offers Morning Prayers at Memorial Church

John Camardella, a public educator who was a Fellow in the Religious Literacy Project from 2018-2021 and now a candidate in the inaugural Master of Religion and Public Life (MRPL) cohort, shared about his upbringing and the necessity of enhancing public understanding of religion at Harvard's Memorial Church on March 11, 2022.

He opens with this story about an unexpected invitation: 

"In January of 2018, I received a phone call from the director of player development from the Toronto Blue Jays, A Major League Baseball. I was stunned.... Read more about "Everyday you have less reason not to give yourself away"

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Video: Assessing Domestic US Religious Politics’ Impact on Foreign Policy

March 24, 2022

On February 24-25, a convening of Religion and Public Life and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University brought together a small group of scholars and activists to assess the normative frameworks that shape how U.S. foreign policy thinks about the role of religion in world affairs.

This public follow-up event, moderated by Peter Mandaville, George Mason and Georgetown Universities, and Susie Hayward, Religion and Public Life, featured several workshop participants as they shared insights and recommendations generated from the February discussion...

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Video: The Troubled Everyday in/of Gaza: Restoring Agency and Creative Possibility

March 17, 2022

This event is part of the RCPI Fellows' Spring Series, "Disrupting Injustice and Promoting Moral Imagination in Israel/Palestine." Conflict and Peace Fellows at Religion and Public Life (RPL) talk about their projects illuminating transnational solidarities, reimagining Jewish identity, Palestinian steadfastness (Sumoud), and cultivating moral imagination and creative possibilities for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Salem Al-Qudwa, RCPI Fellow and Architect, in conversation with Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Salem Al-...

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Video: Theologies of Hope and Resistance: Palestine, South Africa, and Transnational Indigenous Communities

March 17, 2022

This panel examined the theological, religious, and spiritual imagination as a resource for political, economic, and cultural resistance and resurgence in South Africa, Palestine, and among Indigenous Peoples in North America. The speakers were Mitri Raheb, Ebrahim Moosa, and Natalie Avalos. This event took place on November 30, 2021.

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Spring 2022 Education Workshops

March 14, 2022

Land and Story: Religious Literacy, Place-Based Knowledges and Climate Justice

This spring Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School (RPL) is offering two, free online workshops for secondary educators on religious literacy, place-based knowledges and climate justice. Each workshop includes a self-paced module as well as a one-day live session. 

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RPL Hosts Podcasting 101 Workshops

March 10, 2022

RPL Podcasting 101 (Open to the Public)

Thursday, March 31st, 12-1pm on Zoom
Over the last decade, podcasting has grown into a powerful and influential medium for storytelling, conversation and education. How can podcasting be a vehicle to advance public understanding of religion? How might podcasting complement and support the work that divinity school students may be engaged with in the future? What does it take to start or work on a podcast and what does the broader audio landscape look like?... Read more about RPL Hosts Podcasting 101 Workshops
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Video: Breaking Walls: Historical and Contemporary Mizrahi Feminist Struggles for Israel/Palestine Housing

March 7, 2022

In this talk, Sapir Sluzker Amran and Dr. Yali Hashash explored the role of powerful civic grassroots movements in Israel/Palestine that center feminist-queer-class-race intersectionality and solidarity while challenging secular liberal thinking about feminist leadership. They discussed the role of alternative and community archives by showcasing feminist activism from the 1950s onwards and highlighting Mizrahi feminist struggles for housing in Israel/Palestine.

This event took place on March 1, 2022.

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Video: Shared Resistance and Solidarity: A (Re)Newed Paradigm

February 28, 2022

In this event, Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative Fellow Oriel Eisner, activist Neomi-Nur Zahor, and journalist Basil al-Adraa discussed their experience engaging in immersive solidarity work and shared resistance in the last year as a part of a renewal of efforts in joint struggle against the Occupation.

This event took place on February 15, 2022.

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Palestinian Sumoud as Indigenous Hope: RCPI Fellow Rana Khoury's Civic Engagement Curriculum

December 17, 2021

As a Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative Fellow in Harvard Divinity School’s Religion and Public Life program, Rana Khoury is developing a civic engagement curriculum aimed at Palestinian students in higher education. The curriculum’s philosophy follows RPL Director Diane L. Moore’s framework that “religious influences are embedded in all aspects of human experience.” Khoury explains that “Religion, therefore, in addition to culture and the arts, plays an important mediating role in facilitating dialogue and...

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