The Fairfield Four at Juniata College


The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies hosts a variety of guest speakers, activists in residence, and community outreach events. 

Upcoming in Spring 2018:

Feb. 1: Douglas Herman will lecture on the Ho¹oponopono and Native Hawaiian peacebuilding efforts at 7 PM in Neff. This event is free and open to the public.

Feb. 12-17: Caecilia van Peski, United Nations Special Representative for the Netherlands and diplomat for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be in residence, and will give a free public lecture on Feb. 13 at 7 PM in BAC Alumni Hall. 

March 5: Ecuadorian artist, activist, and youth worker Chelsea Viteri will give a talk titled "From University to Pluriversity: Decolonizing Education through Collective Storytelling," at 7 PM in Neff. This event is free and open to the public.

April 8-14: Genocide Awareness & Action Week, including an April 11 film screening and April 12 live performance by the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change. Both events will take place at 7 PM in BAC Alumni Hall.

Fall 2017:

Oct. 25-29: PACS faculty and students attended the 2017 Peace & Justice Studies Association conference in Birmingham, AL. The Baker Institute funded registration and expenses for students to attend.

Oct. 4: Journalist and award-winning author Jennifer Steil gave a reading at 7 PM in BAC A100. Steil served as editor-in-chief of a newspaper in Yemen and has written extensive prose about conflict in the Middle East. Free event.

Sept. 21: Peace & Justice Studies Association President Michael Loadenthal was The Baker Institute's speaker for International Day of Peace 2017. Loadenthal lectured at 7 PM in Neff. Free event.

Sept. 14-17: PACS faculty and students attended the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. The Baker Institute funded registration and expenses for students to attend.

Spring 2017 events:

April 12: David Radcliff gave a lecture titled "When worlds collide: Native vs. capitalist - Reports from the front lines in the Arctic, Amazon, and Desert Southwest" at 7 PM in Good 302. This student-coordinated lecture was free and open to the public.

April 7: Lissa Skitolsky spoke at 7 PM in Neff on incarceration as genocide. This lecture was free and open to the public, and supported by The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies in collaboration with other departments and administrative offices as part of Genocide Awareness & Action Week 2017.

April 3: Rwandan genocide survivor Consolee Nishimwe spoke at 7 PM in Neff. This lecture was free and open to the public, and supported by The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies in collaboration with other departments and administrative offices as part of Genocide Awareness & Action Week 2017.

Mar. 22: Kenyan peacebuilder Kitche Magak gave a public lecture 7-9 PM in Sill. Magak was The Baker Institute's scholar in residence from March 11-26. This lecture was free and open to the public.

Feb. 16: Dawoon (Donna) Chung (PACS '03) spoke to current students about how her Juniata PACS degree prepared her for a career with the United Nations. 7:30 PM, Good 402.

Feb. 12: "Love Trumps Hate"-themed Valentine's Day PACS party, by invitation only.

Fall 2016 events:

Nov. 29: Emmanuel Birdling gave a 7 PM lecture in Neff titled “The origin of Boko Haram, as told by a participant observer." Free event. ** Due to an unfortunate incident, this event had to be canceled with very short notice. We apologize to anyone who, despite our efforts to publicize the cancellation, was unaware or inconvenienced. Thank you for your support. We hope to reschedule this lecture during the spring 2017 semester. **

Nov. 7: Screening of Ecuadorian film Vengo Volviendo, about one young man's internal struggle over whether or not to immigrate to the United States. Filmmakers Gabriel Paez and Isabel Rodas led a Q&A following the film, which won the Audience Award at the 2016 Ecuadorian Film Festival of New York. 8-10 PM, Good 402. Free event.

Oct. 18: Daniel Druckman lectured on "Negotiating Peace: The Role of Procedural and Distributive Justice in Achieving Durable Peace" at 7 PM in Neff. Druckman is Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, an Eminent Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Free event.

Sept. 29: Dean Peachey hosted a PACS Salon (formerly known as integrative seminar) called "Building a Canadian “Reconciliation Barometer." 4:30-6 PM. By invitation.

Sept. 16: PACS Welcome Back party in Oller Center! Taco bar and socializing with PACS students, faculty, staff, and friends of the program.

Sept. 14: Lunch talk with Alexis Donkin (PACS '05) on writing and real world application of her PACS degree on a non-traditional career path. Noon to 1. Free lunch; please RSVP.

Sept. 9: Informational lunch session with first- and second-year PACS students. Noon to 1 PM, PACS Resource Room, Oller Center. Free lunch; please RSVP.

Spring 2016 events:

Mar. 14: Kevin Clements, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, gave a presentation titled "The Politics of Compassion in a World of Ruthless Power" at 7 PM in Neff Auditorium. Professor Clements discussed the painful history of northeast Asia. Free event.

Feb. 25: Kandice Watson, Director of Education & Cultural Outreach for The Oneida Indian Nation, gave a talk called “Oneida Indian Nation: Culture and History” at 7 PM in Neff auditorium. Free event.

Feb. 19: Nonviolence Training Day, with guest trainer Matt Meyer, all-day event in Sill Boardroom. Free event for students only.

Feb. 4: "Preventing Violent Conflict: A US national interest," a presentation by Andrew Loomis (Juniata '92 PACS alumn), will be held 7 PM in Neff Auditorium. Loomis' talk will provide a perspective on how national security interests require fresh analysis about risks of violent conflict and dedicated thinking about effective responses to mitigate those risks. He will describe how this effort is evolving inside the US government and ways the State Department is structured to respond to evolving threats of conflict and instability. Free event.

Fall 2015 events:

Nov. 8: Performance by The Fairfield Four at the Stone Church of the Brethren, followed by a conversation with the group, facilitated by producer and musicologist Jerry Zolten. Tickets $5.

Nov. 4: "This Ain't Your Parents' Civil Rights Movement": An interactive panel comprised of five members of the Ferguson Frontline activism group. Free event.

Oct. 29: A conversation with Fairfield Four producer and Penn State Altoona musicologist Jerry Zolten. Free event.

Oct. 12: Former Chief Executive Director of the South African Savings Institute, Carnegie fellow, and University of Kansas Visiting Scholar Elizabeth Lwanga Nanziri spoke about the socio-economic strategies of the Reconstruction and Development Programme in post-apartheid South Africa. Free event.

Sept. 23: Educator, activist, and artist Daniel Bryan, who specializes in the use of participatory theatre as a means of education, empowerment and development, led an interactive presentation called “Fair Trade Education: Transforming Community through Creative Dialogue.” Free event.

Sept. 3: Artist and social justice activist Mahdis Azarmandi gave a talk titled “Whose peace (piece) anyway? Locating / Localizing Peace, Conflict and Self,” which examined 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. Free event.