The Ripon College Center for Politics and the People hosted a webinar on February 25, 2021, called “Why Peace is Possible.” The featured speaker was Dr. Lynne Woehrle, director of Sustainable Peacebuilding Programs and associate professor in the College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The video recording is available here.

The webinar addressed why we should be optimistic in a time when violence and inhumanity seem to be winning. It examined major barriers to peace and opportunities for peacebuilding. Through the lens of gender and race, the speaker explored pathways to a more just and humane world and considered personal and structural changes that lead to peaceful co-existence by introducing the concepts of peacebuilding, resilient communities, and restorative justice.

Speaker: Dr. Lynne M. Woehrle, Director of Sustainable Peacebuilding Programs at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing

Co-Hosts: Dr. Henrik Schatzinger, Associate Professor of Politics and Government and Dr. Brian Smith, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Co-Directors of the Center for Politics and the People.

Ripon College is a member institution of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and Dr. Lynne Woehrle is past executive director of the WIPCS Executive Council and a member of the WIPCS Speaker’s Program.