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.


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.

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.

This year’s invited speakers include Pulitzer Center grantees Ben Taub and Sarah Aziza, whose reporting on sectarian retribution in Iraq and the Saudi government’s campaign to silence critics were featured in The New Yorker, NPR, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and more. Public radio’s Krista Tippett, host of “On Being,” is expected to lead a live conversation with Erik Vance, whose Pulitzer Center project on belief and the science behind miracles became a cover story for National Geographic, a TEDx talk, and a book.

Award-winning photographer Monika Bulaj,  will give a multimedia presentation showcasing her year-long Pulitzer Center project on shared sacred spaces and religious minorities around the world. Also invited to speak is Doug Abrams, the New York Times-bestselling co-author, with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of “The Book of Joy.”

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Registration will open by Friday, March 29. 


    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.

    Please contact Julia Kelmers for details at jkelmers@putlizercenter.org or by phone at 202-734-3789.


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