Peace focus of Ann Arbor conference March 31-April 1

Peace focus of Ann Arbor conference March 31-April 1
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President Clinton presides over White House ceremonies marking the signing of the peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, left, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right, in Washington Sept. 13, 1993. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Peace focus of Ann Arbor Michigan conference March 31-April 1

Michigan League, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A panel of experts on peace and conflict resolution, including a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will present on the opening day of World Peace Conference 2017 in Ann Arbor. The conference will explore ways to promote peace and reduce violence locally, nationally and globally.

Convened by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and supported by other regional Rotary clubs and Rotary International, the conference will take place March 31 and April 1 at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus. The conference is open to the public.

Jody Williams, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will serve as keynote speaker at the conference and will kick off the opening day panel on peace and conflict resolution. Other panelists will be:

  • Robert Johansen, senior fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a recognized expert on peace and justice;
  • Owen Greene, a professor at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England and a widely published expert on conflict resolution who has served as a consultant to the United Nations, European Union and the United Kingdom;
  • Sean Byrne, executive director of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba;
  • Jessica Senehi, associate professor of peace and conflict studies at the University of Manitoba and a widely published author with a specialization in storytelling;
  • Fred Pearson, professor of political science and director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, whose many books include "Arab Approaches to Conflict Resolution: Mediation, Negotiation, and Settlement of Political Disputes"; and
  • Ashley Greene, assistant professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, who has written and presented widely on Uganda.

Other speakers scheduled for the 2-day conference include

  • Rotary International President John Germ;
  • Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world's leading experts on sustainable development and the fight against poverty, and a special advisor to then-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

For more information or to register, go to



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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for, and

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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