2018 Fall Conference

We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Fall Conference, “Challenging Assumptions about Religion in International Affairs” will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018. Register here ! 


9:00 am – Registration and Breakfast sponsored by the Tufts University Chaplaincy

10:00 am – Welcome

  • Dean ad interim Ian Johnstone, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

10:15 am – Introduction to Religious Literacy

  • Benjamin Marcus, Religious Literacy Specialist, Religious Freedom Center

10:45 am – Panel 1: Nationalism(s): United States, Israel, and India

  • Dr. Nandini Deo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University
  • Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, Visiting Assistant Professor in Israel Studies, Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, Harvard Divinity School
  • Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

12:00 pm – Lunch & Employer Showcase sponsored by the Office of Career Services

1:15 pm – Panel 2: Climate Finance: Civil Society and “Faithful Stewardship” in Latin America

  • Ricardo Simmonds, Environmental Policy Advisor, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Dr. Maria Vidart-Delgado, Bilingual Web Content Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Moderator: Dr. Evan Berry, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, American University

2:30 pm – Keynote

  • Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Ambassador David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

3:45 pm – Coffee Break

4:15 pm – Panel 3: From Iraqi Freedom to Inherent Resolve: U.S. Military Operations and Religious Literacy

  • Colonel Michael Sullivan, National Defense University
  • Shaykh Dr. Ibrahim Kazerooni, Islamic Center of America
  • Dr. Nussaibah Younis, Senior Advisor, European Institute of Peace
  • Moderator: Dr. Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of International Politics and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

5:30 pm – Closing Remarks and Reception

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