Distinguished Lecture Series

Bringing in notable leaders on peace and justice.

It's one thing to learn about how to prevent and resolve conflict and promote peace with justice. But it's quite another to hear firsthand from Nobel Peace Laureates, social entrepreneurs, foreign policy analysts or His Holiness the Dalai Lama who are doing the actual work.

Our Distinguished Lecture Series brings in renowned peacemakers from around the world to share their knowledge and perspectives on issues like children and armed conflict, women's struggles with religious extremism, nonviolent approaches to communities in conflict and cultivating peace and justice.

Watch our recent distinguished speakers.

Previous Lectures

Asi Burak

Asi Burak

Award-Winning Game Creator, Tech Executive, and Social Entrepreneur

"POWER PLAY: Trends and Opportunities in Gaming for Good"
April 12, 2016

Emile Bruneau

Emile Bruneau

Cognitive Neuroscientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Putting (Neuro)science to Work for Peace"
February 10, 2016

Robin Wright

Robin Wright

Journalist, Author, Foreign Policy Analyst

"From the Frontlines: The Challenges of Getting to the Truth"
December 01, 2015

Pietro Ameglio

Pietro Ameglio

Faculty, National Autonomous University of Mexico Social Activist, Mexico Peace and Justice Service and the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity

"A Space for Peace: The Audacity of Nonviolence in Mexico"
May 13, 2015

Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune

Professor of Law at University of California at Davis, Author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply

"Untold Stories from Women's Struggles Against Muslim Fundamentalism"
November 19, 2014

Scott Appleby

Scott Appleby

John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

"Religion and Peacebuilding: The Necessary Art of Specialization"
February 27, 2014

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder and President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, Former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa

"Transforming Conflict through Nonviolent Coalitions"
March 13, 2013

Senator George J. Mitchell

Senator George J. Mitchell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader (1989-1995), Independent Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks (1996-2000), U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011)

"Negotiating in Business, Politics and Peace"
December 06, 2012

Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir

Former Chair of Human Rights Commission, Pakistan, Former President of the Supreme Court Bar of Pakistan

"Walking Together for Freedom"
September 27, 2012

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Spiritual Leader of Tibet, 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate

"Cultivating Peace and Justice"
April 18, 2012

Alma Viviana Perez

Alma Viviana Perez

Consultant to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

"Women, War and Peace: The Politics in Peacebuilding"

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

"U.S. Policy in East Asia and the Pacific"

Ambassador Donald K. Steinberg

Ambassador Donald K. Steinberg

Director of the Joint Policy Council, U.S. Department of State

"Conflict, Gender and Human Rights: Lessons from the Field"

Ambassador Jan Eliasson

Ambassador Jan Eliasson

Former Special Envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for Darfur and Former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

"Armed Conflict: The Cost to Civilians"

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia

"Preventing Mass Atrocities: Making 'Never Again' a Reality"

General Anthony C. Zinni

General Anthony C. Zinni

United States Marine Corps (retired)

"From the Battlefield to the Negotiating Table: Preventing Deadly Conflict"

Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi

Secretary General, Palestinian Initiative for Global Dialogue and Democracy

"Concept, Context and Process in Peacemaking: The Palestinian-Israeli Experience"

Helen Caldicott

Helen Caldicott

President, Nuclear Policy Research Institute

"New Nuclear Danger"

His Excellency Ketumile Masire

His Excellency Ketumile Masire

Former President of the Republic of Botswana

"Perspective into the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Contemporary Peacebuilding Efforts"

Irene Santiago

Irene Santiago

Chair and CEO of the Mindanao Commission on Women and Co-Founder of the Mothers for Peace Movement in the Philippines

"Women, War and Peace: The Politics in Peacebuilding"

Jan Egeland

Jan Egeland

Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the United Nations

"War, Peace and Climate Change: A Billion Lives in the Balance"

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace

"Reason for Hope"

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

Founder, International Peace Research Institute

"Breaking the Cycle of Violent Conflict

John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach

Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

"Compassionate Presence: Faith-Based Peacebuilding in the Face of Violence"

Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

"The Dynamics of Human Rights and the Environment"

Lieutenant General Joseph Olorungbon Owonibi

Lieutenant General Joseph Olorungbon Owonibi

Former Force Commander of the U.N. Mission in Liberia

"International Strides for Inclusive Peacebuilding"

Lloyd Axworthy

Lloyd Axworthy

President of the University of Winnipeg and Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

"The Responsibility to Protect: Prescription for a Global Public Domain

Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour

Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Integrating Security, Development and Human Rights"

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Human Rights and Ethical Globalization"

Miria Matembe

Miria Matembe

Co-Founder, Action for Development

"Women, War and Peace: The Politics in Peacebuilding"

Monica McWilliams

Monica McWilliams

Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

"From Peace Talks to Gender Justice"

Noeleen Heyzer

Noeleen Heyzer

Executive Director, U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

"Women, War and Peace: Mobilizing for Security and Justice in the 21st Century"

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer

Co-Founder of Partners in Health and U.N. Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti

"Development: Creating Sustainable Justice"

Priscilla Hayner

Priscilla Hayner

Co-Founder, International Center for Transitional Justice

"International Strides for Inclusive Peacebuilding"

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy

U.N. Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

"Children and Armed Conflict: The International Response"

Raymond C. Offenheiser

Raymond C. Offenheiser

President, Oxfam America

"Aid That Works: Creating a 21st Century Vision for U.S. Development Assistance"

Richard Goldstone

Richard Goldstone

Former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

"Preventing Deadly Conflict"

Robert Edgar

Robert Edgar

General Secretary, National Council of Churches

"The Role of the Church in U.S. Foreign Policy Today"

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate

"Iran Awakening: Human Rights, Women and Islam"

Stephen J. Rapp

Stephen J. Rapp

Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State

"Achieving Justice for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes Against Humanity"

William F. Schulz

William F. Schulz

Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

"Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights"

William Ury

William Ury

Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project, Co-Author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in

"From the Boardroom to the Border: Negotiating Sustainable Agreements"

Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi

Founder, Women for Women International

"Building Bridges, Rebuilding Societies"

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

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