The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies presents the Activists-Artists-Scholars in Residence project, designed to bring current peacebuilders, practitioners, and social justice movements into the classroom.

Ferguson Frontline panel presentation 11/4/15
Ferguson Frontline panel presentation 11/4/15
Photo by Stacia M. Fleegal

The Activists-Artists-Scholars in Residence program is focused on providing a space for peacebuilders to interact and share their experiences with students. 

Each resident is hosted for one or more weeks on campus to do some combination of the following:

  1. Reflect on their research and/or practice, and
  2. Connect their experience with other scholars, students and practitioners.

PACS affiliated faculty are invited to collaborate by

1. Co-planning or co-sponsoring a resident, i.e. conversations in classrooms or residential spaces;;
2. Facilitating a lunch conversation/local outing with their students and the resident; and
3. 3. Connecting the resident to any resources that might help to further their research and/or practice.

Residencies

Coming up in spring 2017: Scholar and activist Kitche Magak will be in residency March 13-25. Magak was one of the participants in the May 2016 Acting Together conference on peacebuilding in the arts here at Juniata. He is Associate Professor of Literature, Maseno University, Kenya.

The first activist in residence for the fall 2015 semester was artist, activist, and University of Otago PACS grad student Mahdis Azarmandi, 8/31-9/8/15. Azarmandi visited two classrooms and gave a public presentation titled, "Whose peace (piece) anyway? Locating/ Localizing Peace, Conflict and Self," which raised questions about the current state of peace studies from a feminist and critical race perspective and how to navigate research and activism as a peace scholar. 

Three Ferguson Frontline activists--Calvin Kennedy, Jihad Khayyam, and Ebony Williams--were in residence at Juniata Oct. 26-Nov. 6. They visited classrooms across a variety of disciplines, such as history, religion, and theater, and were joined by two more activists, Pastor Cori Bush and Krissy Hendrix, on 11/4/15 for a well-attended and lively panel presentation called "This Ain't Your Parents' Civil Rights Movement," which explored issues of police brutality, systemic racism and oppression, and nonviolent resistance.