The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies speakers are willing to speak on other campuses, currently via Zoom or in similar virtual formats. Speakers can give talks to a class or group, or participate in a group conversation. Speakers will waive an honorarium for member schools. Contact the Wisconsin Institute at [email protected] to connect with speakers and discuss the particular request and their availability. We have a wide range of expertise and are happy to assist you with finding a speaker if you don’t see the topic you need below.

Current Topics (speakers listed below):

Racial Justice: (Jeffries, Sandy, Woehrle)
Monuments: (Buffton, Jeffries, Woehrle)
Food Justice: (Handley)
Structured Dialogue (Bollen)

Peacebuilding’s role in community conflicts: (Handley, Pyne, Sandy)
Connecting Virtual and Local Community Organizing for Social Change: (Sandy)
Theory and practice of nonviolent social change: (Handley)
Peace Studies curriculum development: (Handley)
Kingian Nonviolence: (Handley)
Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict: (Pyne)
Health and Peacebuilding: (Woehrle)

Climate Change: (Jeffries, Shifferd)
Refugees: (Pyne)
Human Rights: (Pyne)
Human Rights and the professions: (Jeffries)
Gender: (Sandy, Woehrle)
Trauma: (Sandy)
S.T.A.R. Trauma Model in Peace and Conflict (see blog post) (Bollen)

Elections: (Brooker, Handley, Jeffries, Pyne)
Extremism and the radicalization process: (Scattergood)
The role conspiracy theories play in the polarization process: (Scattergood)

America’s current place in the world: (Abootalebi, Brooker)
Cultivating Global Citizenship with study abroad on hold: (Pyne)
International Political Economy: (Abootalebi)
Middle East: (Abootalebi)
Iran: (Abootalebi)
Arab-Israeli Conflict: (Abootalebi, Pyne)
US-Mideast Policy: (Abootalebi)

Speakers (please click on last name for more information, in most cases):

Ali Abootalebi, Professor, UW-Eau Claire
Megan Bollen, Instructor, Alverno College
David Brooker, Professor, Political Science, Alverno College
Deborah Buffton, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Paul F. Jeffries, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Ripon College
Jim Handley, Senior Lecturer, UW-Stout
Robert Pyne, Director, Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding, St. Norbert College
Marie Sandy, Associate Professor, Administrative Leadership, and Wm. Collins Kohler Chair, Institute for Systems Change and Peacebuilding, School of Education, UW-Milwaukee
Wendy Scattergood, Assistant Professor, Political Science, St. Norbert College
Kent Shifferd, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Northland College. Author, The Planetary Emergency.
Lynne M. Woehrle, Associate Professor and Director of Peacebuilding Programs, College of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee