Bryan MillerExecutive Director of Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence
Bryan Miller is the Executive Director of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, a faith-based and grassroots movement to prevent gun violence. He left a 25-year career in international business after his brother, FBI Agent Mike Miller, was killed in a 1994 massacre of law enforcement officers at Washington, DC police headquarters.
Miller then led Ceasefire NJ, a secular gun violence prevention organization in New Jersey, for 15 years. He has helped enact many new gun safety regulations, leading New Jersey to have among the lowest per capita rates of gun death in the country.
In 2009, Miller co-founded Heeding God’s Call, which has mobilized faithful public pressure to shutter Philadelphia’s most notorious gun shop and block the opening of a new gun shop at that site. Heeding God’s Call uses a range of activities to appeal to people and congregations of all faiths and energize them into activism to prevent gun violence.
Chad Dion LassiterExecutive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
Lassiter is the current Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, where he investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination in areas like employment, housing, commercial property, education, and public accommodations. A nationally recognized expert in the field of American Race Relations, Lassiter has worked on race, peace, and poverty- related issues in the U.S., Africa, Canada, Haiti, Israel, and Norway, and is called upon frequently by media outlets to provide commentary on race relations and potential solutions.
Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz Professor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern UniversityDr. José de Arimatéia da CruzProfessor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern University
Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz is a Professor of International Relations and International Studies at Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA. He also serves as an Adjunct Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, and a Research Fellow at the Brazil Research Unit, Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, DC. Additionally, he has held visiting teaching appointments at various institutions globally. Dr. da Cruz holds multiple degrees, including a Ph.D. in political science from Miami University, Oxford, OH, and an M.P.H. in public health from Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Mehdi NoorbakshProfessor at Harrisburg University, WACH Vice President
Expert on the Middle East, Iran, and International Affairs
Dr. Michael YaffeVice President, Civic Engagement and Scholarship at the US Institute of Peace
Dr. Michael Yaffe is vice president of civic engagement and scholarship at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Before joining USIP in 2017, Dr. Yaffe served in a variety of positions in the U.S. government, most recently as the senior advisor to both the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and the special envoy for Middle East Peace at the U.S. Department of State. Between 2002 and 2012, he was an academic dean and distinguished professor of strategic studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Gerald (JR) Waltmeyer Manager of the Address Confidentiality Program for the PA Board of Probation and ParoleGerald (JR) WaltmeyerManager of the Address Confidentiality Program for the PA Board of Probation and Parole
Waltmeyer is a victim advocate who has worked in the field for over 20 years. He began his career with the District Attorney’s Office of York County, PA, where he worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. He later took a break to teach and coach, but returned to victim services after the birth of his first daughter. He is currently the manager of the Address Confidentiality Program for the PA Board of Probation and Parole. He is passionate about helping victims of crime and violence, and he has received numerous awards for his work.
Kirsten N. Bookmiller, Ph.D. Professor of Government and Political Affairs and International StudiesKirsten N. Bookmiller, Ph.D.Professor of Government and Political Affairs and International Studies
Dr. Kirsten Nakjavani Bookmiller (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is a Professor of Government and Political Affairs and International Studies, a contributing faculty member to the MS in Emergency Management program and director of the Center for Disaster Research and Education’s Global Partnerships Initiative at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Nakjavani Bookmiller’s teaching areas include international humanitarianism and human rights, public international law and global governance. Her current research agenda focuses upon soft law contributors to the development of international disaster response law.
Sanjay Paul, PhDProfessor, Elizabethtown College
Dr. Paul joined Elizabethtown College in 2002. He teaches courses in mathematical economics, data visualization, international economics and a first-year seminar on globalization. He has developed an International Organizations Seminar in which he leads a study tour to Switzerland and Germany, which involves collaboration with Konstanz University in Germany. In the past he has led study tours to Brussels, Dhaka, and the United Nations, New York.
His research interests include globalization, economic development and trade policy. Dr. Paul has written on economic issues for the Patriot News.
He has a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and Bachelor’s of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
- Sep 16 2023
- 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
2023 International Peace Symposium
This year’s International Peace Symposium’s topic is “The Future of Peace” and will feature Dr. Michael Yaffe, Vice President, United States Institute of Peace as a keynote speaker on “Working Toward a World without War”.
Panel 1: The Future of World Peace
Dr. Sanjay Paul – Global Economic Divides
Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh – The Middle East
Dr. Kirsten Bookmiller – Obstacles to Peace
Dr. Jose A. Da Cruz – Protecting the Homeland
Panel 2: Can There Be Peace at Home?
Chad Dion Lassiter – The Extremist Threat
Gerald (JR) Waltmyer – Domestic Violence
Bryan Miller – Controlling Gun Violence
We will also be honoring the recipients of this year’s Peacemaker In Our Midst awards.
- 10:30 - 10:40
- Welcome and Introduction of Elizabethtown College President - Jesse Waters, Director, Bowers Writers House Remarks: Dr. Elizabeth Rider
- 10:40 - 12:00
- Panel 1
- The Future of World Peace
Speakers:Dr. José de Arimatéia da Cruz, Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Kirsten N. Bookmiller, Ph.D., Sanjay Paul, PhD
- 12:00 - 12:30
- 12:30 - 13:30
- Working Towards a World without War
Speakers:Dr. Michael Yaffe
- 13:30 - 14:45
- Panel 2
- Can There be Peace at Home?
Speakers:Bryan Miller, Chad Dion Lassiter, Gerald (JR) Waltmeyer
- 14:45 - 15:30
- Presentation of Peacemakers in Our Midst Awards
- Symposium Concludes