Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict


Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict

Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) focuses critical attention on the complex ways in which people from different cultural, ethnic and religion traditions interact, and how both difference and similarity can serve as a resource for building peace. Our mission is to educate a next generation of leaders in interfaith and intercultural understanding and peace. Learn more about us.

Drew Action Scholars: Community, Innovation, Global Impact.

Drew Action Scholars is a two-year program with a four-year scholarship, guided by a distinctive, results- and action-oriented approach to real-world problem-solving.

Develop international and intercultural perspectives and skills needed to succeed in our global cultures and economies, and to change the world for the better.

Recent Events

NJ Interfaith Campus-Community Initiatives

TIME: 9:30 AM – 12 NOON

The Drew University Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict was pleased to host the fall 2021 NJ Interfaith Campus-Community Initiatives (virtual), engaging students from institutions of higher education across New Jersey.

Our goal with our upcoming October gathering was to bring students together online to discuss priorities for change they would like to see on their New Jersey campuses and in their communities.

In workshops and breakout-sessions, students learned from experienced educators, leaders, and organizers about ways to put these priorities into action. The NJ Interfaith Campus-Community Initiatives connected students and academics with activists and practitioners from institutions around our state. Read more about the event.

Co-sponsored by the Drew Religious Life Council and Office of the University Chaplain.

About our keynote speaker

Professor Elise BoddieElise Boddie, Rutgers Law School

Professor of Law, Henry Rutgers Professor, Robert L. Carter Scholar

A nationally-recognized expert in civil rights and award-winning legal scholar, Professor Boddie was previously the director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Democracy Now and National Public Radio. Read more about Professor Boddie here.

To be clear, the agenda is not limited to strictly religious issues, but rather, social issues that we deem important as expression of our religious values. This program is highly interactive with brief panelist presentations serving as catalyst for breakout discussion.

Questions? Contact: Prof. Jonathan Golden

Religious Activism for Peace and Justice


Religious Activism for Peace and Justice

Tuesday, November 9th from 1:15 – 2:45 pm


The Imam and the Rabbi: Friendship, Partnership, Allyship

In Conversation

Tuesday February 16, 2021

The Civil Rights Era is remembered as a time when Jewish and Black leaders worked together for social justice and equality.  These partnerships have continued all along, and in fact have taken on new urgency in our current environment.  Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz and Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef are exemplars of this alliance, working together as partners in the fight for justice and equality today.  The Rabbi and Imam shared their stories of friendship and hope.

Learn more about our Panelists here.

Sponsored by The Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, BSU, Hillel, Diversity and Inclusion, Russell Berrie Foundation, and Student Activities.

Drew Saddened to Announce Passing of Dr. Shirley Sugerman Rosenberg G’70.

Founder, Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum and Drew Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Alumna

“It is with great sadness that I am writing to share the news that Dr. Shirley Sugerman Rosenberg G’70, passed away on Monday, November 23. She was 101.

“Shirley was a graduate of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, trustee emerita, and founder of the Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, which brought speakers such as Nicholas Kristof (see photo below), Eboo Patel, Susannah Heschel, and many more to Drew.

“In 2016, the Drew Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict honored Sugerman with the Honorary Peacebuilder Award for her dedication to peacebuilding and for her work to end conflict and build bridges between peoples.  It is truly remarkable that Shirley had the vision to create such a forum 30 years ago.”    –  Jonathan Golden, CRCC Director.

Read additional tributes to Dr. Sugerman in Drew Today.


Religion, Culture and COVID-19

In this edition of Reflections, Jonathan Golden, Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, addresses the implications of alarming trends to “point fingers” and assign blame for our current pandemic. His latest book project, Turning Point, is based on interviews with victims/survivors and ex-combatants of ethno-religious conflict.

CRCC New Neighbor School Success Service Project Continues Relationship with the International Rescue Committee.

Drew students deliver online tutoring for refugees with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Drew’s Community Based Learning (CBL) course is designed to allow students to apply academic learning with off-campus community work. Read a recent interview with undergraduate student tutors here.

Help CRCC fill their backpacks! Your $36 donation purchases a backpack filled with school supplies for one child.

Donate here, and specify “CRCC New Neighbors.”