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Diana Eck – Religion and Peace: Do Universities have a Role?

November 06, 2016

9:30 am

The twenty-first century finds the human community facing problems of an unprecedented scale that will require an unprecedented level of human cooperation to surmount. Violent conflict is hampering humanity’s ability to address these urgent problems, while taking a tragic and unacceptable toll on communities around the globe. While religious conflict features prominently in news and public discourse, much less attention has been dedicated to the roles of religion in fostering peace. The Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative at Harvard Divinity School aims to leverage Harvard University’s unparalleled cross-disciplinary expertise, religiously and culturally diverse community, and global reach to make major contributions to fostering sustainable peace in our world. One of the leading voices of this effort is Dr. Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, Founder and Director of The Pluralism Project, which studies the changing contours of the American religious landscape, and recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. In conversation with Malcolm Clemens Young, dean of Grace Cathedral, Dr. Eck will talk about how universities and scholars can help to build sustainable peace.

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Selected Bibliography

India: A Sacred Geography (2013)

A New Religious America: How A “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (2001)

Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey From Bozeman to Banaras (1995)

Banaras: City of Light (1983)

A deeper look

Harvard Divinity School – Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative

The Pluralism Project

On the difference between pluralism and relativism

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

Location

Gresham Hall

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Free and open to all

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