The 2014 Slomoff Symposium: Bridging Global Religious Divides

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Event Start Date: April 07, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.
Event End Date: April 08, 2014 - 4 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A & B
Event Cost: Free

Join us for a symposium convened by the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance and the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

Featured Speakers

  • Eliza Griswold, Journalist, Poet, and Author of The Tenth Parallel:  Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam
  • Farah Pandith, Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
  • Jerry White, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State

Read more about the keynote speakers.

The symposium will bring together leading practitioners and scholars engaged in interfaith conflict resolution in local, national, and global contexts so as to analyze best practices and develop an ongoing research and action agenda that promotes innovative policies, new tools in conflict resolution, and scholarly work on inter- and intra-religious peace building.

Through three keynote sessions and several moderated panels, participants will be invited to examine the field, analyze current practices, define new methods, and develop an agenda for practice and research in interreligious conflict resolution, including:

  • Innovative research that can help extend learning in the field and build on successes already achieved
  • Future development of programs in these areas overall
  • A comprehensive agenda on religion and conflict

Read more about the event and see the program schedule.

There is no cost to attend, but you must register in advance.

This symposium is in recognition of the remarkable life and career of UMass Boston alumnus Benjamin Slomoff '97 in honor of his 100th birthday.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1993, Slomoff enrolled in the master’s degree program in conflict resolution which he completed in 1997. He is a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force and has extensive business experience in the shoe industry. Currently residing in Walnut Creek, California, this centenarian still works as a court mediator and acts as a neutral arbitrator on disputes in the field of securities.

For nearly two decades, he has generously funded the Annual Sylvia and Benjamin Slomoff Lectureship in Conflict Resolution which has featured such prominent figures as Senator George Mitchell; Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Ambassador Dennis Ross, the former Middle East envoy during the Clinton administration.

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