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2019 International Peace Symposium

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Special Appreciation to Dr. Richard Hughes

Author – Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories that Give Us Meaning

Special Appreciation to all Moderators and Panelists:

Opening Panel – Dr. David Kenley – Moderator

  • Threats of War: North Korea, Iran and other hotspots – Dr. Larry Goodson, U.S. Army War College
  • Economic Inequalities and Peace: Dr. Zeliha Ozdogan, Penn State Harrisburg
  • The Rise of Authoritarianism as a Challenge to Peace: Case of Turkey —  Hafsa  Girdap, Director, Advocates of Silenced Turkey 
  • Brexit, Trade Wars and Tariffs – Dr. Sanjay Paul – Elizabethtown College Associate Professor of Economics

 Panel 2 : Threats Closer to Home – Jesse Waters, Director of Bowers Writers House, Moderator

· Threats to Homeland security: Dr. Nicholas Eftimiades –  U.S. Dept. of  

     Defense (retired), Professor of Homeland Security, Penn State University

·  Challenges to America’s creed – Anti-Immigrant bias and challenges for

     Refugees —  Attorney Craig Shagin

·  Obstacles to Peace: Perspectives of Minority Men – Pennsylvania     

     Secretary of Pardons Brandon Flood

·  Gun violence – Shira Goodman, Ceasefire PA (invited)

Peacemaker in Our Midst Awards: Organizations

Heeding God’s Call — for its efforts to remember victims of gun violence in Harrisburg

Project Peace —  A partnership of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, is a peer-mediation, anti-bullying and youth court training program that enhances in Pennsylvania schools and communities the skills of non-violent conflict resolution and active civic engagement that are necessary for productive citizenship. 

Rev. Dr. Donna King, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E., Bellefonte, PA — for attempts to save church as symbol of interracial collaboration to abolish slavery.

John Dernbach, Co-Director of the Environmental Law Center at Widener Law School and author of new book on solutions to global warming

Rev. Tunde Oyelowo because of his outstanding leadership in the Religious Community.  His church, which is located at 3600 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA, has 500 members, representing 26 countries from the continent of Africa.  The church building also houses an African American congregation, a Hispanic congregation and a french speaking congregation.  

Rev. Dann Caldwell, Chaplain of Homeland Hospice and Homeland Center, and Pastor of Shopes  United Methodist Church — for efforts to promote religious harmony and interfaith dialogue

Posthumously — Ned Smith –– for his efforts to support peacemaking in the Harrisburg region as founder of Heeding God’s Call.  He was active in interfaith and non-violence activities. He died by suicide in May of this year.