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Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Annual Spring Conference a success! The presentations were interesting and informative, the attendees were engaged and the weather was beautiful.  Over 235 people attended, which is a record number for this annual event. In particular, we were proud to host Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka and Trustee Chairman Wilf Wilkinson.

On April 6th, 2013, eight graduating fellows hosted  Rotarians, faculty, staff, students, and local participants as they presented their research on a wide range of issues affecting peace around the world. Fellows presented the results of their studies over the past two years on a wide range of topics, and audience members engaged in lively discussions following each presentation.



  • Rachel Rafferty, Northern Ireland, UK – “Making Peace with the Past: Reforming History Education after Violent Conflict”
  • Kozue Araki, Japan – “Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Within”
  • Catalina Garcia, Mexico – “Geographies of Victims’ Pain in the Mexican Drug War”
  • Daniel Auguste, Haiti – “The Role of the Haitian Diaspora in Capacity Development in Haiti”
  • Abu Sufian Hassan, Sudan – “Why We Should Be Positive About Sudan”
  • Kirandeep Singh Sirah, Scotland, UK – “Telling Stories that Matter: Arts as a Force for Social Change”
  • Carlos Guiza, Colombia – “Rethinking Development in Post Conflict Areas of Colombia”
  • Jessica Butcher, Australia – “Enabling Peace: Transforming Conflict Between Sudanese Refugees”