Swarthmore PCS students will be familiar with the name John Paul Lederach. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, and he is the founding director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Conflict Transformation Program and its associated Institute for Justice and Peacebuilding. Dr. Lederach has extensive experience as a peacebuilding practitioner, trainer and consultant throughout Latin America, Africa and the U.S. He has pioneered the development of elicitive methods of conflict resolution training and practice, and is a widely published theorist in both English and Spanish. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado (see bio).
Students who have studied in Northern Ireland or who are interested in the Northern Ireland semester will be interested to hear him address peacebuilding there at 38:30 in the interview.
The extended unedited interview is also available (recommended):
You can read Prof. Lee Smithey’s review of Lederach’s book, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace, in Mennonite Quarterly Review.