Over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year, the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian invasion of Ukraine dominated the landscape of religion, peace, and world affairs. The center’s research, teaching, and outreach programs kept pace with international events, bringing faculty, students, and partners together around mounting challenges in a divided world.
- The launch of the Culture of Encounter and the Global Agenda project in fall 2021, a collaboration with three Vatican dicasteries that explores the theological, social, and political implications of one of key themes of the pontificate of Pope Francis.
- The Religious Responses to COVID-19 project, which in addition to producing an online repository, webinars, and other resources has created a worldwide network of practitioners sharing their experiences on the front lines of the pandemic.
- A major conference to celebrate the work of Senior Fellow José Casanova a quarter-century after the publication of his landmark book, Public Religions and the Modern World.
- The continued success and expansion of the Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs minor and the Doyle Engaging Difference Program, which brings together faculty and students across the curriculum to address issues that cut across religious, cultural, and other divides.
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