2019 Conference: Beyond Religion


A madrasa (Islamic school) for Hazara children, Kabul. Image by Monika Bulaj. Afghanistan, 2019.

A madrasa (Islamic school) for Hazara children, Kabul. Image by Monika Bulaj. Afghanistan, 2019.


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Each year, the Pulitzer Center’s annual conference spotlights some of our best journalism projects in leading news outlets to explore a theme that illuminates the most pressing issues of our time. With our in-depth, prize-winning journalism as the focus, we bring together diverse perspectives on reporting and how global issues affect us at home.

This year’s conference, “Beyond Religion,” will take place June 8-9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Join us for a timely conversation with journalists, policymakers, academics, and other experts. We will illuminate the intersection of religion with climate change, global health, conflict and peacebuilding, LGBTQIA rights, reconciliation, and much more.

Public radio host Krista Tippett of “On Being” will lead a conversation with writer Erik Vance, whose Pulitzer Center project on belief and the science behind miracles ran as a cover story for National Geographic, and in Outside Magazine, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and The Washington Post. Vance also turned his Pulitzer project into a TEDx talk and a book.

Confirmed conference speakers include:

  • Iris Zaki, whose Pulitzer Center-supported film "Natural Born Settlers"  was featured in The New York Times
  • Ben Taub, winner of 2019 George Polk & National Magazine awards for his Pulitzer Center project "Shallow Graves" about Iraq's post-ISIS revenge campaign in The New Yorker
  • Krithika Varagur, whose Pulitzer Center project on extremism in the Balkans and Southeast Asia ran in The Atlantic and Politico
  • Callum Macrae, award-winning director of Pulitzer Center-supported film "The Ballymurphy Precedent"
  • Dalia Mogahed of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, formerly of Gallup Center on Muslim Studies
  • Shaun Casey, director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University

Hundreds of journalists, policy-makers, academics, students, and leaders from foundations and business will join us to talk about journalism’s role in highlighting how religious beliefs and practices intersect with climate change, global health, conflict and peacebuilding, LGBTQ rights, reconciliation, and more.

Beyond Religion and the Pulitzer Center's reporting and outreach on religion is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional related reporting and outreach is supported by Humanity United (Peace and Conflict), the MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network (Property Rights), The Rockefeller Foundation, and individual donors dedicated to raising awareness of critical global issues.

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    The conference will take place at the National Press Club, at 529 14th Street NW, in downtown Washington, D.C. It is easily accessible by public transportation, walking distance from the Metro Center station.


    Conference sponsorships help cover costs for more than 300 attendees – making our programming free to the public. We invite you to talk with us about how we can design a sponsorship experience that meets your goals. For more details, take a look at our 2019 prospectus.

    For details please contact development@pulitzercenter.org or by phone at 202-734-3789.


    A more detailed schedule and list of speakers will be available in the coming weeks.