Message from the Director

Message from the Director 2019-02-14T19:47:33+00:00

Welcome to the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Foreign Affairs at Claremont Lincoln University. This website serves as a digital resource and home to informative discussions on religious and cultural issues that shape our global landscape.

Envisioned by the founding director, Dr. Darrell Ezell, it is the mission of the Center to promote the cultivation of scholar-practitioners by advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the intersection between religion and culture in foreign affairs. By advancing faculty and student relations, the Center strives to:

  • Support faculty and student development by cultivating practitioner-led research and disseminating findings to key stakeholders;
  • Encourage innovative practices in diplomacy and public discourse between faith-based practitioners and state actors; and
  • Foster public dialogue between scholars, students, and practitioners on the impact of religion, and cultural-based issues in local and global contexts.

As our world becomes more diverse, and communities reflect a multiplicity of cultures, the interaction between nation states and non-state actors will become more complex, demanding practitioners expand their thinking on the role religion will play in shaping national and international events.

The Center’s Theme for 2019, Increasing Divisions in a Shrinking World, investigates the rapid rise of nationalism around the globe and explores ways in which faith-based practitioners and state actors can collaborate in building interdisciplinary approaches to promote peace. This year, faculty, fellows, and students will explore some of the most pressing global challenges through digital and on-ground initiatives that include brown-bags, public gatherings, the publication of issues papers, blogs, digital research seminars and a published collection of essays highlighting last year’s theme, Rethinking Public Diplomacy: Addressing Divisive Propaganda in Public Discourse. The Center also seeks to advance scholarship in peace and conflict studies by contributing to quarterly special reports.

Thank you for visiting. Please check back often, as it is my hope that this Center will serve as a leading forum and catalyst to advance scholar-practitioner research, academic exchange, and innovative prescriptions to address some of the greatest challenges of this era.

Keith Augustus Burton, Ph.D.
Director

Keith Burton

“It is the mission of the Center to promote the cultivation of scholar-practitioners by advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the intersection between religion and culture in foreign affairs.” (Dr. Darrell Ezell, Founding Director)