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Call for Applications: Religious Violence Summer Program at Columbia University


March 7, 2012

Related: Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Religion in International Affairs


The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students for its 2012 seminar on the History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements. The seminar will take place over ten weeks, from May 29 through August 2 2012, at Columbia University. It begins with two weeks of “total immersion” training on global religious violence. Following, there are seven weeks during which students conduct original research and collaborate on team projects. The class reconvenes in the first week of August for students to present their research and participate in a crisis simulation exercise. Participants then have four weeks to write an article-length paper based on their summer research. Students taking the course for credit will receive eight points, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

The 2012 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Monica Toft, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Belfer Center’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at Harvard University. They will be assisted in the classroom by a number of experts in the field, including world-class scholars, journalists and top government officials. 


For more information about the program, scholarships, and summer housing in New York City, visit

Please direct any further questions to or 212-854-9854.

For Academic Citation:

"Call for Applications: Religious Violence Summer Program at Columbia University." Announcement, Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, March 7, 2012.

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