• Terrorism and Resistance

    Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Rafat Aldajani examine Palestinian extremists' use of violence in pursuit of political ends.

  • Interfaith Efforts in Senegal

    Katherine Marshall interviews Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, continental coordinator for Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa, to learn more about his work in interfaith dialogue and the role that the Mouride Brotherhood plays in Senegalese life.

  • Judaism and Georgetown

    Daniel Varghese (SFS'15) speaks with Rabbi Rachel Gartner, director of Jewish life at Georgetown, about her own spiritual journey, her perspective on interfaith issues, and the realities of religious life on the Hilltop.

  • Modi's Victory and the Future of Religious Freedom in India

    Chad Bauman examines how the new prime minister and the BJP party's adherence to the ideology of Hindutva ("Hindu-ness”) may impact religious minorities in the world's largest democracy.

  • Student Research Assistant Positions Available

    The Berkley Center is now accepting applications for research assistants for Fall 2014. RAs work with faculty and staff on research, communications, database, event, and administrative projects. Apply today!

Upcoming Events

September 2, 2014

Berkley Center Open House for Students

Interested in interfaith dialogue, the role of religion in international development, international religious freedom, and more? Attend the Berkley Center's information session to meet center faculty and staff, and find out how you can get involved with our work through jobs, fellowships, courses, and events. All Georgetown students are encouraged to attend.

September 16, 2014

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State

Current events throughout the Muslim world—where states seem to be at risk of collapse in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, and Islamists are influencing politics in Turkey and Tunisia—illustrate the need to revisit our dominant conceptions of political Islam. In her new book, The Awakening of Muslim Democracy, Religion, Modernity and the State, Jocelyne Cesari challenges the view that political Islam is limited to opposition movements against the...

September 17, 2014

Buddhist Peacebuilders and Fresh Challenges in Asia

Fundamentalism and extremism occur in many religious traditions and are the topic of much reflection in contemporary policy and academic circles. Buddhism, however, is far better known for its emphasis on inner peace, non-violence, reflection, and moderation. Buddhist leader Arjan Sulak Sivaraksa has a long association with Engaged Buddhist networks and is a passionate advocate for education and peace. He will reflect on recent violence and...

September 18, 2014

Education and Social Cohesion

Nations establish schools and universities to consciously create new and responsible citizens; hence education has a particularly important role in social cohesion. In some instances educational institutions play that role well and influence social cohesion in a positive way; in other cases they do not and may create barriers to social cohesion or even lay the intellectual underpinnings of social conflict and civil war. Vanderbilt...

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