Peacebuilding author to speak at Woolman Peacemaking Forum March 3-4

February 20th, 2008

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NEWBERG, Ore. – Lisa Schirch, professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and author of five books on peace, is the featured speaker at George Fox University’s annual John Woolman Peacemaking Forum Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4. The theme for the forum is “Frontiers in Peacebuilding.”

Schirch will speak four times during her visit to the Newberg campus. All events are free. Her keynote address will be given 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Hoover Academic Building’s Room 105. Her topic will be “Reframing Security with Conflict Prevention.”

Schirch will speak at a 10:40 a.m. Monday chapel service in Bauman Auditorium on the topic “Dancing in the Lion’s Jaws: A Pacifist Among the Security Policy Makers.” After the chapel service, a talkback session will be held in the Cap and Gown Room where attendees can engage in discussion with Schirch.

Schirch also will speak Monday to an intro to political science class on the topic of “Civilian Peacekeeping, Women in Peacebuilding.” On Tuesday, she will speak on “Ritual and Symbolism in Peacebuilding” to an International Conflict and Peace class.

Schirch is the author of five books on peacebuilding and conflict prevention, including “Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding,” “Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding,” and “Civilian Peacekeeping: Preventing Violence and Making Space for Democracy.”

Schirch is the program director of 3D Security Initiative. The organization aims at making links between community level peacebuilding work with Members of Congress, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID, and others that shape U.S. foreign policy. For more information about the 3D Security Initiative, visit

Schirch received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and a master’s and doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
George Fox University’s Woolman Peacemaking Forum, named for 18th-century American Quaker John Woolman, the Woolman Peacemaking Forum is sponsored by the George Fox University Center for Peace and Justice. Established in 1986, the event is designed to bring leading peacemakers to George Fox University to encourage people to invest their lives and energies in the pursuit of peace.

George Fox University is the only evangelical Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,200 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Contact: Lon Fendall
Director, Center for Global Studies and Center for Peace and Justice

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