Gender, Religion, and Violence

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Simona Cruciani, Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United  Nations
Jean-Pierre Karegeye, (moderator), Dickinson College
Christina Li, U.S. Department of State, Office of Religion and Global Affairs
Celestino Perez, U.S. Army War College
Gary Barker (invited), Promundo

In several current world conflicts, multiple sides claim religious belief as a motivation for violent actions, including gender-based violence. In fact, the U.N. “Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence That Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes” lists gender-based violence as one of the key elements related to atrocity crimes. Panelists will discuss prevention strategies, military actions, government policies, and constructions of masculinity.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Churchill Fund. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

Simona Cruciani (forthcoming)

Jean-Pierre Karegeye is a visiting international scholar in philosophy at Dickinson College. In addition to a Ph.D. in Francophone literature (University of California at Berkeley), Karegeye earned two master’s degrees in social ethics/moral theology (JST at Santa Clara University) and in French (UC Berkeley), three bachelor’s degrees in African linguistics, philosophy, and theology. His work on genocide, religious violence, and child soldiering focuses on testimony and explores both fictional and non-fictional narratives. Some of his current projects explore how genocide and religious radicalization in Africa imply a reconstruction and a relocation of social sciences and humanities. Publications include Children in Armed Conflicts (2012),  “Rwanda’s Paradox of remembering and Suffering”, (2012) “Ruanda : de la literatura post-genocidio o el dialogo entre testimonio y compromiso” (2012) “Religion, Politics, and Genocide in Rwanda” (2012). He recently co-edited with Margee Ensign, a Peace Studies Special issue  “Religion at War and Peace” (forthcoming).

Christina Li (forthcoming)

Celestino “Tino” Perez, Jr. is a colonel in the U.S. Army and an associate professor at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he teaches national-security policy and strategy. He is trained as a political theorist with a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University at Bloomington. His military deployments including service in Iraq during 2007 and 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011. His previous teaching assignments include teaching courses in political theory at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an advanced scholars seminar in strategy and military planning at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His current research interests include political judgment and military ethics, and his overarching aim is to curate scholarship, especially political science and theory, so that it is useful practitioners of politics.