Conrad Grebel University College has just established The Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace (CSRP) to "advance knowledge and awareness of religious contributions to peace, and to enhance the capacity of religious communities to engage contemporary conflict issues and practice the peaceful values they profess.”
Nathan Funk, associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel, will be the Centre’s Lead Researcher. Funk, who has authored or co-authored a number of writings on international conflict resolution, with a special focus on unofficial dialogue processes, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peace building capacity development, is excited about the establishment of this Centre.
The first official event of the CSRP will take place on Nov. 11. Fear and Hope: Religion’s Role in Conflict and Peace will be a colloquium featuring Dr. Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, with five diverse respondents. Lugo, a native of Cuba, has directed the Religion program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, and has been a professor of political science for more than 12 years, teaching courses on international relations, Latin America politics, religion and public policy. Dr. Funk will moderate the discussion which will be held in the Atrium of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (57 Erb Street, Waterloo).