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:

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 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
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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 to attend 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.