Peace studies scholar to give Boniuk Institute talk Nov. 4

Historian and peace studies scholar Scott Appleby will give a public lecture on “Religion and Violent Conflict: Beyond Tolerance, Toward Peacebuilding” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 as a speaker for Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. The event will be in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium. An informal reception will follow Appleby’s remarks.


Appleby is a professor of history and the John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in the study of modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peacebuilding.

Appleby serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religion and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. In his capacity as a peace scholar, he is the lead editor of the Oxford University Press (OUP) book series “Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding” and co-editor of the forthcoming OUP publication “Handbook on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding.”

Registration for the event is required at Appleby’s remarks will also be live streamed at

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.