Rockefeller Foundation grant to support resident fellowships

Author: Shannon Chapla

The University of Notre Dame has received a $325,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation as part of the foundation’s Resident Fellowships in the Humanities and the Study of Culture. The grant will fund through 2007 the resident fellowships initiative in the Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (PRCP) of the University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.p. ?Since its establishment in 2000, our visiting fellows program has become a vital part of the intellectual life of the Kroc Institute,? said Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. director of the institute. ?We are delighted that the Rockefeller Foundation will continue to support this initiative, enabling us to bring to campus scholars of religion, as well as Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist leaders from around the world, to participate in extensive dialogue and study of religion’s capacity for resolving conflict, for defending human rights and promoting tolerance, and for helping societies divided by ethnic and religious violence rebuild shattered relationships, economies and civil society."p. The PRCP explores the complex role of religion in contemporary conflicts ranging from the legitimization or sacralization of violence, to participation in conflict mediation and reconciliation, to the advocacy and practice of nonviolent resistance as a religious imperative. It also explores the phenomenon of “lived religion” by examining how religious traditions move from sacred scripture or traditional norm to the practical principles which guide specific decisions and actions taken in the context of violent conflict.p. The one-year fellowships are open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences of all nationalities.p. Established in 1986, the Kroc Institute conducts educational, research and outreach programs on international peace. The institute’s programs emphasize international norms and institutions; religious, philosophical and cultural dimensions of peace; conflict transformation; and social, economic and environmental justice.p. The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world.

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