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: (Gilgannon, Handley, Hatcher, Jeffries, Sandy, Woehrle)
Challenge of having fruitful discussions in a divided country: (Freres)
John Lewis as peacemaker and model of virtue: (Freres)
Monuments: (Buffton, Jeffries, Woehrle)
Food Justice: (Handley)
Structured Dialogue (Bollen)

Peacebuilding’s role in community conflicts: (Gilgannon, Handley, Hatcher, Pyne, Sandy, Stokes)
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: (Gilgannon, Jeffries, Shifferd)
Refugees: (Pyne)
Human Rights: (Pyne)
Human Rights and the professions: (Jeffries)
Gender: (Gilgannon, Sandy, Stokes, Woehrle)
Trauma: (Sandy)
S.T.A.R. Trauma Model in Peace and Conflict (see blog post) (Bollen)

Elections: (Brooker, Gilgannon, 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, Gilgannon)
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)

Is a Common Conscience Possible in the Modern World?: (Stokes)
Ethical and bioethical challenges during COVID: (Freres)
The Consistent Life Ethic: (Freres)
The Connections between Peace Studies and Psychology: (Hatcher)
Therapy as an Active Application of Peace Studies Principles: (Hatcher)
Lost to History: The Defining (But Largely Unknown) Contributions of Women
to Medieval and Early Modern Culture in England: What New Archival Research
Is Telling Us: (Stokes)


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
Barbara Freres, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cardinal Stritch University
Michelle Gilgannon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cardinal Stritch University
Paul F. Jeffries, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Ripon College
Jim Handley, Senior Lecturer, UW-Stout
Joe Hatcher, Professor of Psychology, Ripon College
Robert Pyne, Director, Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding, St. Norbert College
Marie Sandy, Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Community Studies, 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.
James Stokes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, UW-Stevens Point
Lynne M. Woehrle, Associate Professor and Director of Peacebuilding Programs, College of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee