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The 11th Annual Rotary Spring Conference took place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. The theme this year was “Practicing Peace Everyday: The Art of What is Possible.” Class XI Rotary Peace Fellows presented their research, sharing examples of hope, peace-making and positive change from every corner of the earth.Videos of each presentation are available online at our Vimeo page or by clicking on the links below.


Welcome and Introductions

Serge Dihoff, Rotary Host Area Coordinator

John Osterlund, General Manager and Chief Development Officer, The Rotary Foundation

Stephanie Urkchick, Trustee, The Rotary Foundation

Francis Lethem, Rotary Center Co-Director, Duke University

James Peacock, Rotary Center Co-Director, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and Negaya Chorley, Rotary Peace Fellows 2012-14, Conference Narrators

Trauma Healing: Taking Care of Ourselves While Caring for Our Communities

Presenter: Natasha Gorr Holt

Moderator: Michael Lambert

Ending War: Can it be Done?

Presenter: Ana Paula Saad Calil

Moderator: Frank Webb

Autocracy vs. Democracy: The Impact of Political Regimes on Policymaking in Brazil

Presenter: Beatriz Rey

Moderator: Niklaus Steiner

Improving the Delivery of Justice in the State of Bahia, Brazil

Presenter: Anderson Freitas

Moderator: Natalia Mirovitskaya

Social Entrepreneurship and the Rotary International Peace Fellows Program

Presenter: Reem Ghunaim

Moderator: Kacie Wallace

Conversations on Leadership

Presenter: Negaya Chorley

Moderator: Barry Phillips

Panel with 3 Fellows, moderated by Catherine Admay:

Silvia Fontana, Integrated Peace and Development, a Local Perspective: The Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Julienne as Agent of Change

Muyatwa Sitali, Defying the Odds! Factors that Account for Post-Independence Peace and Stability in Zambia?

Scott A. Sellwood, Resistance as Peacebuilding: Lessons from Southern Mexico

Simplified Antibiotic Regimens for Treating Young Infants in the DRC with Possible Severe Infection: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial

Presenter: Adrien Lokangaka

Moderator: Lewis Margolis

Building Trust and Changing Perceptions: the Quest for Peace in Saskatchewan, Canada

Presenter: Rhett Sangster

Moderator: Rosemary Fernholz

Presentation of Certificates – Francis Lethem, James Peacock and Susan Carroll

Closing Remarks – Ana Paula Saad Calil