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Beyond Conflict: Alumni Speaker Series

The UWC Day theme for 2022, Peace Begins with Us, challenged the UWC community to explore how we can promote peace in our own communities and around the world. But when conflict inevitably erupts, as a UWC movement and as individuals, we sometimes become unsure how to respond. 

Our next UWC-USA Alumni Speaker Series event will explore the causes of conflict as well as ways the UWC movement and mission call us to respond. The panel includes alumni who have explored conflict from a variety of perspectives and who will participate in a wide-ranging discussion moderated by UWC-USA’s president, Victoria Mora. There will be an opportunity for questions after the discussion.

In addition to Victoria Mora, the panelists include

Emilia Ramírez Valenzuela ‘02 has studied violence, youth, and transnational migration in academic settings and has gone on to work for a number of NGOs serving the needs of youth in Mexico.

Arianne (Ari) Zwartjes ‘97 was the director of the Wilderness program at UWC-USA for several years. She is a teacher of writing at Sierra Nevada College and has recently published a book, These Dark Skies (Univ of Iowa Press), about the nature of conflict.

Gert Skoczowsky-Danielsen ‘96 has worked for the UN for ten years in four continents, in aid effectiveness, democratic governance and in managing volunteers in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is a mediator and a trainer in Nonviolent Communication. In 2012 he was kidnapped and held captive for 12 days in Yemen.

Please join us for a one hour virtual conversation on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. This online event is open to alumni and all friends of the school.


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