This is the most recent area of concerted interest and effort in my professional development. Being a person who celebrates peace my entire life, the need for my greater engagement with efforts to bring it about became plain to me in a duo of colloquies to which I was invited at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in 2014 and 2015. 

I had previously attended a Chautauqua Short Courses at SUNY Stony Brook on Social Movements and Globalization, taught by Jackie Smith in 2005, and had undergone training and certification in basic mediation in the Friends Conflict Resolution Program, 2009. But it was the second colloquy, on “Truth, Memory, and Justice in Rebuilding a Post-Genocidal Society: The Case of Bosnia-Herzegovina” that galvanized me to actually do something. In connection with the director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, which funded and sponsored the quest, I explored and built links with the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the winter of 2016. Subsequently, a number of students, Bosnian as well as international, have interned, created projects and teaching opportunities under its auspices. 

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OUR WAY IS PEACE, 2016

In the summer of 2016, an invitation to the Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention at Keene State College, New Hampshire introduced me to “Upstream Genocide Prevention,” directed by James Waller. And in the fall of the same year, the CAPA director and I initiated the Peacebuilding and Human Rights Program (curriculum tag: PAX). Our core objective is to educate and prepare students to build peaceful alternatives to overcome issues faced by the communities they come from.

I have taken two courses at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2017 and 18. I took a course on tough conversations needed to turn conflict into connectedness with David Campt and subsequently, studied peace education with Edward Brantmeier. 

Back at Bennington, I participated in inclusion pedagogy training by Delia Saenz, Vice President for institutional inclusion, equity, and leadership development (winter 2019-20).

Mutual delight, 1993
At rest, 2003

Courses taught
  • Embracing Difference
  • People, Culture and Society
  • Beginning Peacebuilding
  • Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • Studying Place by Metes and Bounds
  • Practicing Peacebuilding
  • U.S.A.: Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender

Publications
Review article of “Welcome to Refugeestan
Insights into Kenya’s 2007 Post-election Violence

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P.A.V.E: Project Against Violent Encounters

Talks and Papers

“Truth, Memory, and Justice in Rebuilding a Post-Genocidal Society: The Case of Bosnia-Herzegovina” invited participant at this New England Colloquy at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, Keene, NH, July 22, 2015.

 “FGM IS TABOO: The Making of a Current Movement of Protest in Rural Kenya,“ presented at American Ethnological Society Meetings in San Diego, California, March 12-14, 2015.

“Coming to Terms with After…” invited participant at this New England Colloquy at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College, Keene, NH, July, 2014.

“Gerrymandering and Ethnic Politicking in Rural Kenya,” paper given with Jennifer Coffman at the American Anthropological Association meetings, San Francisco, CA, November, 2012.

“Memory, History, Nostalgia,” collaborative photography project with Caroline Miller,
commemorating the Central Park NYC mourning of the shooting death of John Lennon,
exhibited in the President’s Gallery, Bennington College, December 2010.

Thatch roof, 1993