PACS vigil

The Baker Institute for Peace & Conflict Studies hosts a variety of guest speakers and sponsors community outreach events related to peacebuilding. 

Coming up in Fall 2018:

Nov. 29: Lecture by Jerry McCann, "Engineering through a peacebuilding lens: Being a peaceful part of a changing world." 7:30 PM, Neff Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 8: Dr. Emily Welty, Nobel Laureate and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University, will give a public presentation titled "We are unstoppable; another world is possible" at 7:30 PM in BAC A100. Using the case study of Welty’s work with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Occupy Wall Street, and the Moral Monday movement, this talk will explore how all of us can participate in acts of dissent and radical generosity. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Emily Welty Emily Welty

Director, Peace & Justice Studies, Pace University; 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Welty will give a talk titled “We are unstoppable; Another world is possible.” As children we are often told that “life’s unfair” and that we need to accept and adjust to a world that feels unjust. However, some of the most meaningful parts of activism emerge from our willingness to insist that injustice and violence are not the way we are meant to live and to commit ourselves to the creation of new norms. From direct acts of resistance to advocacy at the United Nations, we will explore how the steady insistence that the world can be different has the power to transform both our daily lives as well as international conflict. Using the case study of Welty’s work with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Occupy Wall Street and the Moral Monday movement we will explore how all of us can participate in acts of dissent and radical generosity.

Dr. Emily Welty is an academic, ecumenist, activist and artist living and working in New York City. She is the Director of Peace and Justice Studies and an Associate Professor at Pace University where she teaches classes focusing on nonviolence, humanitarianism and reconciliation and transitional justice. She has a PhD from SOAS at the University of London, an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a BA from the College of Wooster.

Welty’s research focuses on the religious dimensions of peacebuilding with an emphasis on humanitarianism and nuclear disarmament as well as nonviolent social movements. She is the co-author of Unity in Diversity: interfaith dialogue in the Middle East,  Occupying Political Science: the Occupy Wall Street movement from New York to the World and Peace and Justice Studies: Critical Pedagogy (forthcoming 2019) and numerous journal articles. Emily is also a playwright and has worked with The Civilians, the Acting Studio at Chelsea Rep and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts.

Welty is the Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs and is the chair of the Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. She is part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) where she works on faith-based engagement in nuclear disarmament. Welty was part of the 2017 United Nations negotiations that resulted in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and for which ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Sept. 13-15: PACS faculty and students attended the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minn. The Baker Institute will fund registration and expenses for six students to attend.

Sept. 27-30: PACS faculty and students to attend the Peace & Justice Studies Association conference in Philadephia, PA. The Baker Institute will fund registration and expenses for up to 10 students to attend.

 

2017-2018

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.

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.

 

Michael Loadenthal Michael Loadenthal

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association

Loadenthal gave a lecture titled “From Demonstration to Riot-ization: Social Control in the Era of Trump,” noting, “The last two decades have been a seemingly unending succession of social movements agitating for a better future. In his foundational account of the history of prisons and social control, critical theorist Michel Foucault argued that we had moved far beyond an age when the King wielded his power through force, maintaining the compliance of his subjects through violence.

Loadenthal’s talk explored this theory in light of shifts in language, practice, and law in the twenty-first century. How has the rhetoric of counter-terrorism informed the policing of social protest, and what does it mean to be living and dissenting in the “post-truth” era? Through an exploration of recent legal cases, Loadenthal examined what it means to protest in the era when activists are called terrorists, and marchers termed rioters.

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.

Oct. 9: Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes of Scatter Their Own discussed the current absence of peace and justice in America toward Indigenous Peoples at 7 PM in Sill.

 

Scatter Their Own Scatter Their Own

Lakota singers, songwriters, and activists

From Brown Eyes and Clifford: “From learning about the heritage of others, we would become more apt to appreciate how we are ethnically different, but ultimately bond over our similarities. It is this very discovery of how we are more alike on this planet than different, which will diminish the walls between people and their prejudiced conceptions of unfamiliar neighbors. If we can continue to educate ourselves on how important all cultures are to this planet, we will eventually create a true world community. By furthermore promoting unity, we believe that our joined educational journey will someday bring racism to an end. We want to share our own belief that “We are one race, the human race, therefore we should not race one another.” We feel that this movement, which is dear to our Lakota hearts, will help us see that ‘All Things Are Related!’ Help us #ScatterPeaceAndJustice.”

Oct. 21: The Baker Institute hosted peace scholar Daniel Druckman for a master class called “From Research to Practice in Peace & International Studies” from 10 AM to 3 PM in Sill.

 

Dr. Daniel Druckman Dr. Daniel Druckman

Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University; Eminent Scholar, Macquarie University, Sydney; Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Dr. Druckman’s master class explored research on such topics as justice in the peace process, settlements and resolutions, enemy images, the contact hypothesis, the security dilemma, and alternative mediation approaches. Participants engaged in interactive learning exercises and had the opportunity to reflect on lessons learned for both scholarship and practice.

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. Druckman visited Juniata in fall 2016 to give a lecture called “Negotiating Peace: The Role of Procedural and Distributive Justice in Achieving Durable Peace.”

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.

Feb. 1: Douglas Herman lectured on the Ho¹oponopono and Native Hawaiian peacebuilding efforts at 7 PM in Neff. Free and open to the public.

 

Douglas Herman Douglas Herman

Senior Geographer for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Herman gave a talk called “Making things right: Hawaiian approaches to Conflict Resolution.” The traditional Hawaiian approach to resolving conflicts is rooted in a deep understanding of balance and harmony in the universe and in society. Dis-ease arises when things get out of balance, and so traditional healing is also linked to the resolution of conflicts among members of the community.

This presentation gave a brief overview of the structure and principles of traditional Hawaiian society. It thend examine two approaches. Both are called ho`oponopono—“the act of setting things right.” The first is the traditional method, involving several members of the community and a facilitator to elicit the root of the problem and to develop a solution that is agreeable to all. The second is a modern revelation by the late kahuna la`au lapa`au (healing kahuna) Morrnah Simeona, that takes the traditional process to an internal level. Both reflect broader understandings of how humans should act in the world, the taking of responsibility for the effects of our actions, and the permanent rectification of conflicts without lingering animosity.

Herman is Senior Geographer for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). At the Smithsonian, he has served chair of the Smithsonian Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research, and chair of the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars. He holds a doctorate in Geography from the University of Hawai‘i, and in addition to his work at NMAI, he is the director of Pacific Worlds, a web-based Indigenous-geography education project for Hawai‘i and the American Pacific. Since 2001 he has held various offices with the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. His publications include the forthcoming, edited volume “Giving Back: Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous settings.” He serves on the board of the journal IK: Other Ways of Knowing.

 

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

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

 

Chelsea Viteri Chelsea Viteri

Program coordinator, assistant instructor, Pachaysana Institute, Ecuador

Viteri gave a talk called “From university to pluriversity: Decolonizing education through storytelling,” in which she argued that the colonization of our education goes well beyond the content of our lessons. In addition to what we are learning, decolonization demands we address how we learn, where we learn, and with whom we learn. How do we include other ways of learning and other kinds of knowledge? How do we successfully work with communities and “the other” to transform our reality? Viteri posited that decolonization begins by connecting to one of our greatest human instincts: story. Creating stories with “the other” provides us with new tools and perspective to decolonize our university, slowly transforming it into a pluriversity.

Viteri is the program coordinator and an assistant instructor of the Pachaysana Institute in her hometown of Quito, Ecuador. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University, where she also studies Theater Arts and International Development. Viteri has worked with youth from diverse communities to utilize artistic expression as a means to create community and foster creative healthy containers for youth. Additionally, Viteri has been heavily involved in organizing for social justice advocacy and education, implementing artistic mediums including documentaries, poetry, theater and music, and has conducted research centered on the experiences of women in the midst of extractive industries in Latin America.

 

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 took place at 7 PM in BAC Alumni Hall.

 

Liberian Women's Chorus Liberian Women's Chorus

Singers, dancers, mothers, immigrants, refugees, survivors of Liberia’s civil wars, using music to address injustice at home and in exile

The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers and dancers from Liberia -- Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah -- the Chorus inspires awareness and dialogue about domestic violence and other concerns of Philadelphia-area Liberian immigrants. The Chorus was formed in response to these artists’ own community research which found that local Liberian immigrant women have a hard time accessing resources and getting the support they need. Together, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage women to make their voices heard, and to take positive steps forward.

There are an estimated 15,000 (or more) Liberians in the Philadelphia region. Most moved to the U.S. as refugees during the years of civil war (1989-2003) in their homeland.

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change initiative connects artists, community members, scholars, social service and cultural workers and activists of different generations. Together, they consider how best to foster change through the respectful and innovative combining of folk and traditional arts with social justice activism. Individual Chorus members have lost children to war; some have asked soldiers, though music, to lay down their weapons. All are now residents of the Philadelphia area. "We want our families and community members to have access to information and resources that will allow them the chance to flourish, with dignity, in their adopted home," says Chorus artistic director Fatu Gayflor. Stories evoked publicly, through song, have become the starting point for conversations leading to propositions of imaginative and, it is hoped, realistic paths to addressing pressing concerns.

April 14: Nonviolence training with Matt Meyer, 10 Am-5 PM, Sill. By invitation. 

Matt Meyer Matt Meyer

Coordinator, War Resisters International Africa Support Network

Meyer facilitated nonviolence trainings at Juniata on Feb 19, 2016, and April 14, 2018. He is a native New York City-based educator, author, and organizer is coordinator of the War Resisters International Africa Support Network, and a United Nations/ECOSOC representative of the International Peace Research Association. The founding Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and former Chair of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED), Meyer has long worked to bring together academics and activists for lasting social change. A former public draft registration resister and youngest chair in the history of the War Resisters League, he was a founder of the Progressive Student Network and representative of the United States Student Association to the coalition which organized the historic million-person 1982 UN mobilization for disarmament and human needs.

Meyer’s work in K-12 public education and teacher training included ten years of service as Multicultural Coordinator for the NYC Board of Education's Alternative High Schools & Programs, as well as a stint as Union Leader of a local section of the United Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. His most recent of six books is We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press, 2012), which Dr. Maya Angelou noted was “so needed” for its “investigation of the moral issues of our time.” Co-edited by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez and Mandy Carter, We Have Not Been Moved contains a foreword by Dr. Cornel West, and “After-Poems” by Alice Walker and Sonia Sanchez.

Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has commented that “Meyer is a coalition-builder,” one who “provides tools for today’s activists” in his writings and his work.

April 28: Story Circle workshop with theater professional Gerard Stropnicky. 10 AM to 5 PM, Sill. Invitation only.

 

Gerard Stropnicky Gerard Stropnicky

Writer, actor, theater director, co-founder of Network of Ensemble Theater

Gerard Stropnicky is in his 45th year as a multi-faceted theatre professional. After Northwestern, he studied with Alvina Krause, and in 1978 co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he worked for the next 35 years, becoming Emeritus in 2012. He’s acted in over 100 productions, and directed 70 to date, including classic, contemporary, new, original or devised plays at BTE, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Sandglass Theatre, Florida Shakespeare Festival and elsewhere. He’s written, co-written or devised a score more. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, culled from 200 years of letters to local newspapers, was published as a play by Baker’s Plays/Samuel French and as a trade paperback by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. In rural communities, in Appalachia, Pennsylvania, and the deep South, he writes and directs large-scale site-specific productions featuring diverse community casts employing local story to celebrate, challenge, and address intractable issues. Several were co-written with poet and playwright Jo Carson. Recently he’s worked with communities in Uganda and Rwanda. He is an occasional writer for AMERICAN THEATRE magazine. He’s served as a panelist or reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Pew Charitable Trust’s Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. He’s a co-founder of the Network of Ensemble Theaters; he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of this national organization. He was named USA Lowe Fellow in Theater in 2010. For his service to the autism community, he was the 2010 Temple Grandin Award winner for service to the autism community.


2016-2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

 

Consolee Nishimwe Consolee Nishimwe

Author

Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the author of the memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope. Read a full transcript of Consolee’s speech via the April 2017 issue of Juniata Voices.

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 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.

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.

2015-2016

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.

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.

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.

 

Elizabeth Lwanga Nanziri Elizabeth Lwanga Nanziri

Former Chief Executive Director of the South African Savings Institute, Carnegie fellow, and University of Kansas Visiting Scholar

Nanziri is a doctoral student with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, complimenting a BA (Hons) in Economics and a MA in Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University in Uganda. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and a Research Fellow at the University Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the recipient of prestigious scholarships such as the Carnegie Fellowship, the Rockefeller scholarship through the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists and the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. Prior to this, Nanziri was the Chief Executive Director of the South African Savings Institute. Nanziri sits on several steering committee and panels dedicated to socio-economic development in developing countries.

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

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.

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.

 

Fairfield Four Fairfield Four

Grammy-winning African American gospel a cappella group

Known best for their appearance at the end of the film O Brother Where Art Thou, and on the subsequent soundtrack release, the Fairfield Four are alive and well and still singing in the traditional African American a cappella gospel style they have been known for since the group's inception almost 100 years ago. John Fogerty loved Fairfield's rootsy sound so much he decided he had to feature them on his second comeback album, Blue Moon Swamp singing on the track "A Hundred and Ten in the Shade." Later, after its release, he had the group open for him on many of the tour dates in support of his new CD.
Founded in 1921 in Nashville, TN the Fairfield Four have maintained their authenticity by carrying on traditional stylings exemplified by the Bessemer Sunset Four, the Birmingham Jubilee Singers, and the Famous Blue Jay Singers with Silas Steele. The Fairfield Four are the recipients of multiple honors including 3 Grammy Awards, (1) Best Traditional Gospel Recording "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" in 1997, (2) Album of the Year for the "O Brother Where Art Thou" Soundtrack Recording in 2001, (3) Best Gospel Roots album "Still Rockin' My Soul" in 2016, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. They were also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Feb. 4: "Preventing Violent Conflict: A US national interest," a presentation by Andrew Loomis (Juniata '92 PACS alumn), was held 7 PM in Neff Auditorium. Loomis' talk provided 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. Free event.

 

Dr. Andrew Loomis '92 Dr. Andrew Loomis '92

Senior officer, U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO)

U.S. State Department official Andrew Loomis (PACS ‘92), in a lecture titled “Preventing violent conflict: A U.S. national interest,” provided 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 described 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.

Dr. Loomis currently serves as a senior officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  His primary responsibility is providing expert counsel on localized peace processes, the development of strategies to prevent violent conflict, and elevating policy that relates to conflict and instability.

From 2014-2015, Andrew was Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights and her principal representative to the State Department on the prevention of mass atrocities.  In this role, Andrew developed and led the execution of a State Department strategy to improve the Department’s ability to detect, analyze, and act upon early risks of large-scale violence.

From 2013-2014, Andrew served as deputy director for CSO’s Office of Operations, and covered East Asia, South Central Asia, and South and Central America, and provided guidance and broad oversight of CSO engagements in Burma and Bangladesh.  Andrew led CSO’s Burma engagement from 2011-2013, one of four priority engagements for the bureau.  Andrew led the development and implementation of CSO’s strategy to arrest long-standing conflicts between ethnic minority groups and the Burmese military through analytical and personnel support.

Prior to work in the State Department, Andrew worked at the Center for a New American Security and the Brookings Institution, where he focused on a range of U.S. national security issues, in particular conflict prevention strategies in weak and failed states.  Andrew has taught at Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, and George Washington University.  Andrew received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

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

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.

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.