Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference

The Rotaract Club of Georgetown University is excited to be hosting the first-ever Peace and Conflict Resolution conference sponsored by Rotary District 7620 and MetroBethesda Rotary Club!

Our objective is to educate young leaders (you!) on the efforts of peacebuilding around the world and to further encourage engagement in conflict resolution causes. Ranging from Humanitarian Crisis photographers to Ambassadors, our speakers will foster a multi-faceted discussion on the broader topic of peace, and will be engaging to all interests, whether your passion lies within health, politics, economic development, art, or religion.

Do you have a peace promotion idea that you hope to implement during your time at Georgetown? We are happy to help you get started. Apply for our $1,000 grant and turn your small-scale initiative into a world-changing project!

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We look forward to seeing you there!


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1:00 - 1:30 Registration

1:30 - 1:40 Opening Ceremony

Barton Goldenberg, Rotary District Governor​

1:40-2:00 Keynote Address

Jody Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps

2:00 - 2:25 Role of Peace Corp and Rotary Peace Scholars in Forming World Leaders ​

Rotary International and Peace Corps have been the backbone to many of the world’s organizations that work to promote inclusive economic growth and peace throughout the world. The panel, composed of Rotary Peace Scholars and Peace Corps Alumni, will discuss how speakers have participated in these programs, and how participation has influenced their careers and approach to life.

Glenn Blumhorst, Peace Corps Alumni

Chris Hara, Peace Corps Alumni

Kristin Post, Rotary Peace Fellow

2:25-2:35 Technology and Conflict

LTC David Johnson and Director C4ADS will speak about the role of technology in monitoring, analyzing and combating global conflicts. Pulling from his extensive experience with C4ADS and Intel, he will discuss the emerging possibilities that data-driven analysis and innovative technological models present for advancing peace worldwide.

2:35 - 3:05 Sustainable Peace after Conflict

Conflict comes in many shapes and sizes. Peter Kyle, a member of Rotary International’s Board and a key supporter of Rotary’s Peace Scholarships and Foundation, will interview the Ambassador Kosovo about her experiences and how her country has worked to create sustainable peace after conflict. Professor Tony Jenkins will discuss his work on peace education, and the role that education has played in establishing sustainable peace in diverse countries and contexts.

Peter Kyle, Rotary International board member

Vlora Çitaku, Ambassador of Kosovo

Tony Jenkins, International Institute on Peace Education

3:05 - 3:20 Coffee Break

3:20 - 3:40 Photography and Peace

Hailey Sadler, Humanitarian-crisis photographer​

3:40 - 4:10 The Building Blocks of Economic Growth as a Foundation for Sustainable Peace

The route to sustainable peace is through economic growth. Rule of law and transparency form two of the pillars of growth by permitting critical and sound investments. Those investments should respect culture, communities and the economic realities of a country. Environmental integrity and sound governance also remain key features in attaining culturally-aware and sustainable economic growth. Our internationally recognized panel of speakers will delve into their experience both personal and institutional.

Professor Don Wallace, Chairman of International Law Institute

Shantayanan Devarajan, senior director of the world bank

Giselle Lopez, Integrity

Frank Vogl, co-founder of Transparency International

4:10 - 4:50 The Pitfalls and Potential of Religion in Peacebuilding

Religion has become a central topic in peace studies today, often being blamed as a source of intractable conflict. Father David Hollenbach of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs will lead a discussion on how religion has both contributed to and detracted from peace today. The panel will explore the diverse ways in which religious identity and practices intersect with human rights, conflict, and peace-building. In what ways do religious groups aid or damage the cause of peace around the world? What unique strengths does religion present as a force for peace? How can the world move towards a unifying, global vision of religious tolerance and understanding that advances the cause of peace?

Father David Hollenbach, Berkley Center

Imam Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University.

Omer Kanat, Director of Uyghur Human Rights Project

Canon Leslie Nuñez Steffensen, Canon to the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Rebecca Carter-Chand, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

4:50 - 4:55 Closing Ceremony​

4:55 - 6:15 Networking + Grant Announcement