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Religious Intolerance Conference

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  • Where SAN DIEGO, CA
  • When MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2024

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About the

Join other thought-leaders, peacemakers, researchers, and faith leaders from across the United States for an applied research conference on the timely topic of combatting antisemitism and Islamophobia in these challenging times. When even the topic of interreligious collaboration is fraught with controversy and emotion, having an informed, strategic approach is more important than ever.

  • Hear the presentation of a seminal impact paper by the Applied Research Center for Civility team of a two-year research initiative to gather and understand the approaches in use today to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia.
  • Learn from this country’s top thinkers about what authentic interreligious collaboration looks like in 2024 and how we can work together to eradicate hate even when we disagree.
  • Share best practices, challenges, and ideas for moving forward with your peers in a collaborative environment designed to leverage impact.
  • Consider the approaches being used in the government, community, and higher education sectors and the implications of cross-sector collaboration.


Imam Abdullah Antepli

Title and or position of speaker #1

Is a globally acknowledged scholar and leader of cross-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in American higher education and in the non-profit world. He has built multiple organizations and initiatives to facilitate religious and spiritual life across America’s college campuses, sowing seeds of understanding between religions while upholding their cultural integrity and dignity. In July 2019, Antepli joined the Sanford School of Public Policy as an associate professor of the practice, with a secondary appointment at the Duke Divinity School as an associate professor of the practice of interfaith relations. He is also Duke’s associate vice president/associate vice provost for community-engaged research and teaching.

Kenneth S. Stern

Title and or position of speaker #1

Is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, an award-winning author and attorney, and was most recently executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation. Before that, he was director of the division on antisemitism and extremism at the American Jewish Committee, where he worked for 25 years. Mr. Stern’s op-eds and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including this recent New Yorker article, and he has been interviewed on major television and radio news programs.  He has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before Congress (as well as before committees of parliamentarians in Canada and the U.K.), was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, and served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Stockholm Forum on Combating Intolerance.


Sunday, September 22nd

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Cocktail Hour
An opportunity for informal networking with the speakers and other attendees.

Sunday, September 22nd

Host: Abdullah Antepli and Ken Stern

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – 9:10am

Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego
Steven P. Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center

9:10am – 9:20am

Framing the Day
Ken Stern and Abdullah Antepli

9:20am – 10:10am

The Role of Government in Combatting Intolerance
A Conversation with an expert moderated by Ken Stern

10:10am – 10:40am

Collaboration Opportunity

10:40am – 10:50am


10:15am – 11:15am

Presentation of Impact Paper (UC San Diego)

11:15am – 12:00pm

Community Organizations Disrupting Cycles of Hate

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 1:45pm

PANEL: Campuses, Free Speech, and Promoting Unity
A Conversation with an Expert Moderated by Abdullah Antepli

1:45pm – 3:00pm

Next Steps: Putting Theory into Practice
(Breakout Sessions and Report Back)

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:15pm

The Challenge and Opportunity of This Unique Moment
Moderator: Joanna Afshani, Abdullah Antepli, Ken Stern

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Closing Remarks
Steven P. Dinkin, President, National Conflict Resolution Center

About the Impact Paper

The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have researched different approaches to community-led diversion; spoken to experts in communities, organizations, and jurisdictions around the country; and identified a set of best practices to support community-led diversion efforts. The result is an impact paper that traces the core ideas of community-led diversion, the many diversion points in the juvenile justice system, and the community-based resources that contribute to healthier and safer communities. The paper looks at the role of critical systems and practices such as probation, mentorship, and restorative justice. It takes a trauma- informed approach to understanding the supports that communities need to make available to diverted youth. To illustrate what community-led diversion can look like, the paper gives examples from around the country including an NCRC-supported community-led diversion program in San Diego: The District Attorney Juvenile Diversion Initiative. The success of this and other programs points to the wider potential for community-led diversion around the country.

About the Center

The National Conflict Resolution Center and UC San Diego together launched the Applied Research Center for Civility (Center for Civility) to conduct research for action into the methods, dynamics and best practices for addressing many of society’s most challenging social issues Using NCRC’s programming as a springboard, the Center for Civility designs studies, collects data and conducts quantitative analysis on how we can foster connection in divisive times.

Questions? Contact Brittney Ochira at