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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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