Monday 2 October 2017: The Sunni-Shi'i Divide
We are delighted to welcome back John McHugo, an authoritative voice on the history of conflict in the Middle East. John will give a free public talk on the subject of his new book titled A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi'is, to be published this month. The book traces the history of the Sunni-Shi'i split, a conflict that has come to dominate Islam and the Muslim world. John will describe how this conflict has changed in modern times and why. His talk will be followed by a Q&A.
18.30-20.00, Stripe Lecture Room, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Rd, Winchester SO22 4NR (get directions). Tea/coffee from 18.00. Please email Rebecca Bellamy to book your seat. Our events are often recorded - if you have any concerns about this, please contact Rebecca Bellamy.
29 June 2017: Beyond group allegiances: towards a common humanity
Join us for a fascinating conversation with Letlapa Mphahlele, a former South African liberation army commander and protagonist in the award-winning film Beyond Forgiving, and Howard Grace, the film's Executive Producer. The film tells the inspiring story of forgiveness and reconciliation between Letlapa Mphahlele and Ginn Fourie, whose daughter Lyndi was killed in 1993, in an attack ordered by Letlapa when he was leader of a liberation movement in South Africa. Following Letlapa’s transformative experience, the whole of humanity has become 'my people' for him. His insights are of particular relevance to the terrible events in Manchester and London recently.
5 April 2017: Inaugural Lecture by Anna King, Professor of Religious Studies and Social Anthropology: Sacred Violence, Sacred Peace: Religion in an Age of Conflict
Drawing on first-hand experience of peace processes in (post-)conflict areas, Anna evaluated the impact of University of Winchester collaborative projects that bring together religious leaders, politicians, academics, civil society organisations and both victims and perpetrators of violence, as part of ongoing peace processes. Can ‘religious’ concepts of reconciliation and restorative justice support and/or challenge international liberal peacebuilding policies based on economic development, retributive justice and human rights?
Our Inaugural Lectures are free and open to the public; find out more.
21 March 2017: CARA - A lifeline to academics at risk
Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA (the Council for At-Risk Academics) talked about their work helping academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to remain in their home countries despite the serious risks they face. CARA also supports higher education institutions whose continuing work is at risk or compromised.
10-12 March 2017: Peacejam 2017
Peace Jam is organised annually by Peace Jam UK in partnership with WCRRP. This year we welcomed Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee to Winchester. Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work leading a non-violent women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. On Friday, she delivered a public talk and did a book signing, and she worked alongside hundreds of students and secondary school pupils over a weekend of talks, discussions, workshops and Community Action projects.
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Leymah Gbowee with University of Winchester Student Mentors (image Brian Pain)
7 February 2017: Rebuilding the Ferhadija Mosque, by the Revd Donald Reeves.
24 January 2017: From extremist to peace-builder, by Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan.