17 September 2022

2022 International Peace Symposium | People Under Siege

About the International Peace Symposium

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg takes great pride in hosting the highly anticipated International Peace Symposium each year, serving as a platform to address critical global issues. This year’s symposium, held at Elizabethtown College, proved to be an enlightening and impactful event. With the overarching theme of “People Under Siege,” the symposium delved into the complexities and challenges faced by individuals and communities worldwide.

Esteemed panelists and speakers from diverse backgrounds and expertise were invited to share their insights and experiences, offering a comprehensive and thought-provoking exploration of the chosen topic. Their knowledge and perspectives enriched the discussions, shedding light on the pressing issues of our time.

In addition to the panel discussion, the symposium also served as a platform to honor the recipients of the prestigious “Peacemakers in Our Midst” awards. These remarkable groups exemplify outstanding leadership, civility, and dedication to fostering peace within our community. Their inspiring work serves as a shining example for others to follow, reminding us of the power of compassion, collaboration, and dialogue.

Furthermore, the event celebrated the accomplishments of our summer interns, who became the newest members of our esteemed Global Scholars certificate program. These passionate young individuals demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication throughout their internship, contributing to our mission of fostering global understanding and cooperation. Recognizing their achievements and hard work through this award was a moment of great pride for both the interns and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The Annual International Peace Symposium continues to serve as a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and inspiring action towards a more peaceful and harmonious world. It is through events like these that we strengthen our commitment to global understanding, cultivating a future generation of leaders and peacemakers.

Our Speakers

Ari Tolany

United States Program Manager Center for Civilians in Conflict

Dr. Can Bahadır Yüce

Assistant Professor of History at Lebanon Valley College

Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh

Professor at Harrisburg University

Dr. Mireille Rebeiz

Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies & Francophone & Middle Eastern Studies at Dickinson College

Joseph Hewitt, Ph.D.

Vice President, Policy, Learning and Strategy at USIP

2022 Peacemakers in Our Midst Honorees

This event was made possible thanks to the support of: