Peace and Conflict Studies


Please see below for a collection of videos and information related to our events. For more information please contact us



Reflections on Peace-building
The Greeley Scholars

April 9, 2013


  • Justice Albie Sachs (2014), distinguished human rights champion and author from South Africa
  • Leymah Gbowee (2011), Nobel Peace Prize-winner from Liberia
  • Linda Biehl (2008), Amy Biehl Foundation & Felton Humanitarian Award recipient

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Albie Sachs
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar For Peace Studies
 Day Without Violence featured Speaker

April 8, 2013

Albie Sachs

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Syrian Crisis: Where do we go from here?

October 1, 2013

Deina Abelkade
r, Professor, Political Science, UMass Lowell - Democratization and Its Discontents
Greg Aftandilian, Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, UMass Lowell
& Senior Fellow at the Center for National Policy - United States Foreign Policy Towards Syria
Neil Shortland, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Terrorism and Studies, UMass Lowell - Implications for the Future of Terrorism and National Security
Paula Rayman, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies

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Careers in International Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Webinar

April 18, 2013

Professor George Lopez, Chair of Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, led a webinar on exploring career pathways and job resources in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The webinar was supported by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.
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"A Day Without Violence"
Gun Control Discussion


Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis at the annual "A Day Without Violence" discussion


April 2, 2013

Craig R. Whitney, Reporter and editor at the New York Times and author of "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment"

Ed Davis, Police Commissioner, City of Boston

Cathy A. Levey, Ph.D. Lecturer in Criminal Justice, UMass Lowell
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Dr. Clayborne Carson
The Legacy of the "I Have a Dream" Speech


Dr. Clay Carson (R) with David Jones, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Dr. Paula Rayman, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies

February 4, 2013

Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, spoke to UMass Lowell students about the legacy of Dr. King's speech for present day Black America.

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The Importance of Student Activism
with John Prendergast, Founder of the Enough Project and Congressman Jim McGovern


John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project

November 26, 2012

John Prendergast, the 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies at UMass Lowell, spoke with students about the role of youth activism in making a difference. He discussed the KONY 2012 project as an example of student leadership. John was joined by Congressman Jim McGovern who has become a leader on human rights and social justice in congress.

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Eddie Daniels:
South African Anti-Apartheid Activist

October 16, 2012

Eddie Daniels was an anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned for 15 years old Robben Island. He spoke to UMass Lowell students about peace activism, his relationship with Nelson Mandela and his hopes for the future. 
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Facing Conflict: Voices from the Field
A Panel on Peace, Security and Education

Introduction by Chancellor Meehan and Professor Paula Rayman
April 11 2012

Featuring: Linda Bishai, Senior Program Officer, United State Institute of Peace & Tony Gallagher, Pro Vice Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast

John Prendergast
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies

"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
April 3, 2012

Human-rights activist John Prendergast – a nominee for TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2012 – is UMass Lowell’s 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Mr. Prendergast recently testified on Capitol Hill and was arrested along with actor George Clooney to protest conditions in Sudan and South Sudan. He is featured in the “KONY 2012” documentary – viewed more than 80 million times online – that seeks to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice.

Professor Paula Rayman
Voices Near and Far

Watertown Public Access
Feb. 2012

Prof. Rayman, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, speaks about women's non-violent movements for peace in a television interview. She gives examples of past movements and discusses the promise of women's leadership for peace.

Melissa Broderick
Mediation in a World of Conflict

Nov. 1, 2011
Mediation in a World of Conflict

Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson at Harvard Medical School, and former mediator for Fortune 500 companies, the State of Massachusetts and non-profit organizations, led an interactive presentation on how mediation can reduce conflict in our world. She spoke about her experiences as a mediator and how mediation looks at conflict as an opportunity for change. She compared mediation to other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and explained how mediation is different: it is voluntary, the parties have self-determination to make any decisions, it is confidential and the mediators are neutral.

International Women Leaders Summit

They came from Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Liberia, Northern Ireland and South Africa to meet and learn from each other, forging friendships and building understanding about what it takes to advance democracy and peace. The delegates from around the world spent three days together at UMass Lowell, presenting on their experiences in their home nations and crafting the Lowell Declaration, a pledge to work jointly and with others on a global network with the common goal of creating non-violent solutions to conflict.

The International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development – held April 10 through 12 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center – grew out of an idea formed by the 2010 Greeley Scholar for Peace Prof. Gavriel Solomon and UMass Senior Vice President Marcellette Williams. The event was presented by a committee of UMass Lowell faculty, students and staff led by Prof. Paula Rayman and with the support of Provost Ahmed Abdelal.

Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Peace Activist
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies

"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
Co-Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
April 4, 2011

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is an African peace activist who organized a peace movement that helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christian and Muslim women to pray and sing for peace, and eventually forcing national leaders to create a peace process. Gbowee is now the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa in Ghana. In 2007, the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's JFK School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award, and in 2009, she and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the central character of the award winning documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell.