Speakers Bureau

Are you interested in finding a keynote speaker, presenter, trainer, or consultant related to the broad areas of peace and social justice? Consider one of our highly qualified, dynamic speakers. If your campus, school or organization needs a speaker for your next event, get in touch. The bureau is composed of a well-known group of scholars and activists who can address multiple peace, justice, environmental, and human rights issues. Speakers are available for all age ranges and types of groups.

This exciting venture highlights the incredible work of our members, and advances the workings of our field. The primary intention of the Speakers Bureau is to help carry the mission and values of the PJSA to a broader audience. Understanding that various groups and organizations are often seeking trainers, workshop facilitators, presenters, keynote speakers, and the like, the bureau allows us to help address these needs while showcasing the many talented scholars, educators, and activists among our membership.

 

Requesting a speaker

Our growing catalogue of speakers includes experts in the fields of nonviolent social change, human rights, US foreign policy, the Middle East, intellectual freedom, ecology and peace, gender issues, voting rights, community organizing, peace education and more. Please peruse our featured speakers, and if you find one that meets your needs, completre this form to request the speaker and we will be in touch as quickly as possible to negotiate the details.

 

Becoming a speaker

If you are interested in being considered as an addition to our Speakers Bureau, please complete this form, and we will be sure to be in touch.

 

Featured speakers

Dr. Elavie Ndura

Speaking Topics: education, multiculturalism, nonviolence.

Dr. Elavie Ndura is George Mason University’s 2015-2016 Presidential Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion, and a tenured Professor of Education. She is an international education expert and practitioner with over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing intercultural education, peace and nonviolence capacity building programs in the United States and Burundi. She is the founder and coordinator of the Shinnyo Fellowship for Peacebuilding through Service and Education at George Mason University. She has pioneered youth peacemaking leadership development through community engagement in Burundi. Her signature interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and practice that unite multicultural peace education, and conflict prevention and transformation have been featured in her six books, more than 30 book chapters and professional journal articles, and numerous invited presentations and keynotes highlighting the central role of formal and non-formal education in advancing inclusive excellence, social cohesion, and peacemaking leadership.

 

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Speaking Topics: U.S. foreign policy; Strategic nonviolence; Pro-Democracy movements; Middle East/ North Africa (including Israel/Palestine, Syria, Western Sahara, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen).

At the University of San Francisco, Dr. Zunes serves as coordinator of the Middle Eastern Studies program. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and strategic nonviolent action, and is a senior policy analyst at Institute for Policy Studies and on editorial boards of Peace Review and Tikkun. He has written three books and hundreds of articles for scholarly and general readership on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, strategic nonviolent action, and human rights. He has made frequent visits to conflict regions, where he has met with top government officials, academics, journalists, and opposition leaders. He is a contributor to numerous prominent news and analysis websites, and his op-ed columns have appeared in major daily newspapers worldwide. Additionally, he has spoken at over 150 colleges and universities and scores of community groups on five continents, and is a frequent guest on NPR, Pacifica, PBS, BBC, MSNBC, CNN, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, China Radio International, and other media outlets for analysis on breaking world events. He is a consultant and board member for various peace and human rights organizations in both the U.S. and overseas.

 

Dr. Dale T. Snauwaert

Speaking Topics: peace education, democratic education, human rights education, democratic theory, theories of justice, human rights theory, the philosophy of nonviolence, teaching through reflective inquiry.

Dale T. Snauwaert, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Peace Studies, Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in the Foundations of Peace Education and the Undergraduate Minor in Peace Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, Judith Herb College of Education, The University of Toledo, USA. He is the Founding Editor of In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice. He is widely published in such academic journals as the Journal of Peace Education, Educational Theory, Educational Studies, Peace Studies Journal, and Philosophical Studies in Education on such topics as democratic theory, theories of social justice, the ethics of war and peace, and the philosophy of peace education. He is the author of Democracy, Education, and Governance: A Developmental Conception (SUNY Press, 1993), the editor of two volumes of Betty Reardon's work: Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights and Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace (Springer Briefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice (PSP Vols. 26 and 27, 2015 and 2015), and with Fuad Al-Daraweesh, the co-author of Human Rights Education Beyond Universalism and Relativism: A Relational Hermeneutic for Global Justice (Palgrave McMillan, 2015). His core interests and expertise lies within the following topics: peace education, democratic education, human rights education, democratic theory, theories of justice, human rights theory, the philosophy of nonviolence, teaching through reflective inquiry.

 

Dr. David J. Smith

Speaking Topics: career awareness, peacebuilding approaches in community colleges, curriculum development in higher education, the intersection of humanitarian and peacebuilding work

David J. Smith's work spans the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He has over 30 years' experience as an educational consultant, lawyer, mediator, college professor, trainer, senior program officer, senior manager, career coach, and author. David supports educators, youth, and professionals in developing institution-wide initiatives and student activities promoting civic, conflict, and peacebuilding awareness. He works with groups and individuals in need of career coaching, mediation, and conflict engagement assistance. He has worked with over 500 colleges around the U.S. and has given nearly 600 talks on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for- profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. The work of the Forage Center was featured in a recent edition of Mason Spirit Magazine. He was formerly a senior program officer and manager of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, Georgetown University,  Drexel University, and at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. David was a founding member of the Harford County (Maryland) Community Mediation Commission. While practicing law in Towson, Maryland, he also engaged in family mediation. He served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution.

David is a recipient of  the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the inaugural Global Education Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service Leadership given by the World Affairs Council/Washington, DC. David is past chair of the Rockville (Maryland) Human Rights Commission, where he received the Community Mediator of the Year Award.  He was a featured presenter at TEDxFulbright "A Curious Picture" in June 2017 where he gave a talk titled "Talking about Peace". The Washington Post featured David in its "Just Asking" column in April 2018. His clients have included the Fulbright Association, where he led its diversity initiative, and Street Law, Inc., where he spearheaded its community college efforts. David is a member of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) Career Advisory Panel as well as the Global Education Committee of the World Affairs Council (Washington, DC). David is the author of Legal Research and Writing (Cengage, 1996) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013). In 2016 he published  Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing, 2016). David is a co-author of USIP Special Report 246 Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (August 2010). He has published in Career Convergence Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, LinkedIn Pulse, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Community College Journal, Community College Daily, Journal of Peace Education, Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Korea Herald, Arizona Daily Sun, and The Baltimore Sun. He is a graduate of American University (BA, political science & urban affairs), George Mason University (MS, conflict analysis & resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD). He lives in Rockville, Maryland, with his wife, who teaches nursing at Montgomery College, and daughter, who is in her first year of college. Their son is serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia. David holds dual American and Canadian citizenship.

Dr. Emily Welty

Speaking Topics: nuclear disarmament (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize), faith-based peacebuilding, the ethics of humanitarianism and nonviolent social movements 

Dr. Emily Welty is an academic, ecumenist and artist living and working in New York City. She is the Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University where she teaches classes focusing on nonviolence, humanitarianism and reconciliation and transitional justice. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of peacebuilding with an emphasis on humanitarianism and nuclear disarmament as well as nonviolent social movements. She is the Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs and is the chair of the Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. Emily is part of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) where she works on faith-based engagement in nuclear disarmament. She is the co-author of Unity in Diversity: interfaith dialogue in the Middle East and Occupying Political Science. Emily is also a playwright and has worked with The Civilians, the Acting Studio at Chelsea Rep and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts.

 

Dr. Gordon Fellman

Speaking Topics: the coming end of war, masculinities, an unusual take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the usefulness of Marx and Freud for understanding our current crises.

Gordon Fellman grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and studied sociology at Antioch College and Harvard University. After completing a dissertation on a political figure in India, in 1973 he published The Deceived Majority: Politics and Protest in Middle America, a study of a successful working-class protest movement against a proposed urban highway in the Boston area. In 1990, Fellman and five colleagues published the book, The Nuclear Seduction: Why

the Arms Race Doesn't Matter and What Does. Fellman has published widely on Jewish and Israel-related topics. In 1991 he co-produced a half-hour video called This Is the Moment: Israelis and Palestinians Talking Peace. In 1998, Fellman published a book on the possibility of major paradigm shift in society today, from adversary relations to those of mutuality. It is entitled Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survival. Fellman is currently finishing a book for a popular audience, on why and how war can end soon. Its title is The Coming End of War. The book deconstructs war in terms of its financial profitability for some, its skewed outlet for anger that belongs elsewhere, its continuing appeal for countless people as a fulfillment of a certain conventional trope of masculinity, and its role in maintaining dehumanization of the other. He is also working on a book on cooperation as the next step in evolution, and on the sidelining of attention to subjectivity in higher education and almost all public discourse.

Dr. Laura Finley

Speaking Topics: School Violence; Gender Equality; Domestic/Dating Violence; Peace Education.

Dr. Laura Finley is Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is the author, co-author, or editor of twenty books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Finley is also a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. In addition, Dr. Finley is involved in a variety of organizations related to peace, justice, human rights and gender equality. She is a regular speaker at local, state, and national conferences on these topics.

 

Dr. Margaret Groarke

Speaking Topics: community organizing, non-violent action, elections, voter participation, service-learning.

A political scientist interested in various forms of popular power — non-violent action, community and movement organizing, and elections. Associate Professor of Political Science at Manhattan College. Author, with Frances Fox Piven and Lorraine Minnite, of Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters (2009); co-editor with Emily Welty of Critical Pedagogy in Peace and Justice Studies (forthcoming). Dr. Groarke is the coordinator of Community Based Learning at Manhattan College, and available to consult with college faculty looking to build their service-learning.

Dr. Mark Ayyash

Speaking Topics: Palestinian-Israeli struggle, violence and non-violence, social movements, and social change.

Mark Ayyash is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative at Mount Royal University (Calgary). He teaches and writes in the areas of social and political theory, the study of violence, decolonial movements, as well as culture and politics in the Middle East, particularly focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. He has published several academic articles in journals such as the European Journal of Social Theory, European Journal of International Relations, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. His co-edited book with Dr. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa titled Protests and Generations: Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (Brill) was published in 2017. In his capacity as Director of Peace Studies, Mark oversees and organizes the Annual Calgary Peace Prize Ceremony, a Lecture Series, and has recently developed a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He has given several public lectures and a few workshops on pressing issues such as Islamophobia, the history and politics of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, the complex relationship between violence and non-violence, social movements, and social change.

Dr. Matt Meyer

Speaking Topics: education, resistance, multiculturalism.

Matt Meyer is an internationally recognized author, academic, organizer, and educator who currently serves as National Co-chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest interfaith peace and justice group in US history. As former National Chair of the War Resisters League, he is second only to A.J. Muste— “dean of the US peace movement” —in having been elected to the top position of both historic organizations. Based in New York City, Meyer is a true internationalist, and has led seminars, trainings, and conferences in over sixty countries on five continents; he is the United Nations representative for the International Peace Research Association, and an Executive Committee member of that organization. He is also the Africa Support Network Coordinator for the War Resisters International, and is a member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation Financial Advisory Committee. Argentine Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who wrote the Introduction to Meyer’s encyclopedic anthology Let Freedom Ring (2008) on contemporary movements to free political prisoners, noted that “Meyer is a coalition-builder,” one who “provides tools for today’s activists” in his writings and his work.  

Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Speaking Topics: social movements, political protest, terrorism and political violence, repression and the criminilization of dissent, anarchism, and action-oriented/ethical research practices.

Michael Loadenthal is a Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (George Mason University), and a master's degree in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (University of St. Andrews). Michael has taught courses for Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Cincinnati, University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security men's prison and has served as the Dean's Fellow for Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Practitioner-In- Residence for Georgetown's Center for Social Justice, and a Research Fellow at Hebrew Union College's Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems. Beyond the classroom, Michael has been a social movement organizer, trainer, and strategist for nearly 20 years, helping to plan protest campaigns on four continents and working amongst anarchist, anti-racist, environmental direct action, reproductive health, anti-war, and anti- capitalist movements. He has worked in conflict zones, both in the US and abroad, and helped to develop and operate counter-institutions providing healthcare, legal services, childcare and disaster relief. His latest book, ‘The Politics of Attack’, explores the rise of clandestine anarchist networks. He publishes frequently in and posts all of his work online at https://gmu.academia.edu/MichaelLoadenthal.

Dr. Randall Amster

Speaking Topics: violence, repression and the criminalization of dissent, anarchism, and action-orientated/ethical.

Randall Amster teaches and publishes on subjects including peace and nonviolence, social and environmental justice, political theory, and emerging technologies. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Contemporary Justice Review, and writes for a wide range of popular and scholarly publications. Current research interests include environmental peacebuilding, climate justice, intersectionality and ecology, community and sustainability, and the justice implications of contemporary technology. In Georgetown University, he works with groups exploring areas including urban studies, climate, and curricular development, and serves as Faculty Coordinator for the Core Pathways initiative. He is also the former executive director of PJSA.