Religious Intolerance

Religious Intolerance Hero

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 combating antisemitism and Islamophobia in these challenging times. While addressing religious intolerances and bigotries is multi-layered, having an informed, strategic approach is more important than ever.

  • Hear the presentation of a seminal impact paper given by the Applied Research Center for Civility team on a 2-year research initiative designed to gather and understand the approaches in use today to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia.
  • Learn from this country’s top thinkers about what addressing religious intolerance 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 education sectors and the implications of cross-sector collaboration.



Imam Abdullah Antepli

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 associate professor of the practice, with a secondary appointment at the Duke Divinity School as 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

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 most recent book is The Conflict over The Conflict: The Israel Palestine Campus Debate. His op-eds and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, 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.


Hosts: 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

Panel: The Impact of Intolerance
A Conversation with Experts Moderated by Abdullah Antepli

10:10am – 10:30am


10:30am – 11:00am

Presentation of Impact Paper (UC San Diego)

11:00am – 11:30pm

Facilitated Discussion

11:30am – 12:15pm

Panel: Interventions to Counter Polarization and Extremism
A Conversation with Experts Moderated by Ken Stern

12:15pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 2:05pm

Panel with Practitioners: Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement

2:05pm – 2:50pm

Panel with Practitioners: College Campuses

2:50pm – 3:00pm

Break/Transition to Breakout Rooms

3:00pm – 3:50pm

Facilitated Discussion

3:50pm – 4:00pm

Transition to Plenary Room

4:00pm – 4:25pm

Discussion Share-out and Taking the Work Forward
Abdullah Antepli and Ken Stern

4:25pm – 4:30pm

Closing Remarks
Steven P. Dinkin

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