Pulitzer Center 'Beyond Religion' Conference

A madrasa (Islamic school) for Hazara children, Kabul. Image by Monika Bulaj. Afghanistan, 2019.

A madrasa (Islamic school) for Hazara children, Kabul. Image by Monika Bulaj. Afghanistan, 2019.

Beyond Religion Conference

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 01:30pm EDT to Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 01:00pm EDT (GMT -0400)
National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045
United States

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's 2019 conference, “Beyond Religion,” takes place June 8-9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Join us for a timely conversation with journalists, policymakers, academics, and other experts. We will illuminate the intersection of religion with climate change, global health, conflict and peacebuilding, LGBTQIA rights, reconciliation, and much more.

Public radio host Krista Tippett of “On Being” will lead a conversation with writer Erik Vance, whose Pulitzer Center project on belief and the science behind miracles ran as a cover story for National Geographic, and in Outside Magazine, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and The Washington Post. Vance also turned his Pulitzer project into a TEDx talk and a book.

Confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Iris Zaki, whose Pulitzer Center-supported film "Natural Born Settlers" was featured in The New York Times
  • Ben Taub, winner of 2019 George Polk & National Magazine awards for his Pulitzer Center project "Shallow Graves" about Iraq's post-ISIS revenge campaign in The New Yorker
  • Krithika Varagur, whose Pulitzer Center project on extremism in the Balkans and Southeast Asia ran in The Atlantic and Politico
  • Callum Macrae, award-winning director of Pulitzer Center-supported film "The Ballymurphy Precedent"
  • Dalia Mogahed of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, formerly of Gallup Center on Muslim Studies
  • Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University

Further program details available online and via registration page.

Beyond Religion and the Pulitzer Center's reporting and outreach on religion is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional related reporting and outreach is supported by Humanity United (Peace and Conflict), the MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network (Property Rights), The Rockefeller Foundation, and individual donors dedicated to raising awareness of critical global issues.

Support for conference-related activities also comes from Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, a Campus Consortium partner.