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Peacebuilding and Nonviolence: Beyond the Cliches
November 2-4, 2017

The peacebuilding conference is free and open to the public. Register for Saturday's free lunch.

Thursday, Nov. 2

4-7:30 p.m.
Avila University
Thornhill Gallery

Screening and discussion of Chi Raq


Friday, Nov. 3

1-4 p.m.
Park University
PDL Conference Center

Academic Papers and Posters


Saturday, Nov. 4

9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Johnson County Community College
Regnier Center

Community Presentations and Keynote Speaker


Let's break ground together…
…and explore how we can plant the seeds of positive peace and justice.
…and move beyond one-dimensional characterizations about peace and peacebuilders.
…and build, or rebuild, relationships across boundaries real and perceived.
…in our community, our nation, and our world.

Keynote Speaker: Sita Ranchod-Nilsson

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson

"Women as Essential Nonviolent Peacebuilding Leaders: Lessons from Africa."

Saturday, Nov. 4
9:30 a.m.
Johnson County Community College
Hudson Auditorium


About the Keynote Presentation

Peacebuilders worldwide are well aware of the fact that women make significant contributions to sustainable peace processes. Unlike their male counterparts, they tend to be more interested in responsibility sharing than power sharing, and concentrate firmly on psychological recovery, reconstruction of schools and hospitals, and procedures for productive dialogue. Yet their efforts are often overlooked by mainstream media outlets and military powers around the world.

About Ranchod-Nilsson, PhD

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson is a scholar and an instigator of global initiatives that connect scholarship and practice on building peace, alleviating gender-based violence and bridging diverse constituencies for social change. With more than 25 years in higher education, Ranchod-Nilsson is a sought-after advisor and strategist because of her strong record of building landmark programs, managing international projects and leading key initiatives that advance sustainable social transformation.

From 2007-2017, Ranchod-Nilsson led the Institute for Developing Nations (IDN), a partnership between Emory University in Atlanta and The Carter Center. IDN focused on engaging scholars and practitioners to find new ways for higher education to help solve the world’s most complex development problems. IDN initiatives targeted issues that disproportionately impact low-income countries, such as gender-based violence, rule of law, transitional justice, civil society and peacebuilding in post-conflict contexts, as well as disease elimination and eradication. As IDN director, Ranchod-Nilsson also led key university partnerships with institutions in Ethiopia, Mexico, Liberia, China and Sudan. After leading IDN for a decade, Ranchod-Nilsson left Emory to focus on issues related to women, girls and social justice.

Before being recruited by Emory, Ranchod-Nilsson served as director of the international studies program and associate professor of international studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Denison. She is co-editor of the book “Women, States and Nationalism: At Home in the Nation?” Her work has appeared in journals including Politics & Gender, The Journal of Southern African Studies, African Studies Review and The Journal of Women’s History, and in numerous edited volumes.

About Peacebuilding

"Peacebuilding" refers to activities undertaken to prevent conflict and establish sustainable peace. These activities combat the causes of violence through reconciliation, trauma healing, restorative justice and development while addressing social, political and economic systems that inhibit sustainable, peaceful relationships.

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