We have confirmed a handful of speakers and will be lining up more in the coming weeks and months. Here are a few of our notable speakers thus far:
Liana Aghajanian is an independent journalist whose work explores the issues, people, and places that often remain hidden on the fringes of society. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera America. She has reported from the UK, Germany, Mongolia and extensively in Armenia. Her reporting has received support from a number of fellowships and grants, including the Metlife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, the Hrant Dink Foundation’s Turkey-Armenia Journalism Fellowship, and the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. In 2015, she was awarded the second Write A House permanent writing residency and currently writes and lives in Detroit. Liana is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Jacqui Banaszynski is a veteran journalist who teaches storytellers around the world. She is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute, and the coach for ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Fellows. Her story of two men dying of AIDS won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She won the 1988 Associated Press Sports Editors award for deadline reporting from the Seoul Olympics. In 1986, she was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting. Her edited projects have won awards for business, investigative, environmental, sports and human interest reporting, and her students are frequently winners in the Hearst competition, considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.
artist + writer + bookbinder + educator + designer e bond makes digital spaces by day, handmade books by night, hangs out with trees on weekends and writes something close to poems in the spaces in between. Under the studio name roughdrAftbooks, she creates artists’ books, handmade journals and fine art that blur the boundaries of art, craft, design, collage and poetry. Her work overlays multiple meanings and voices from disparate disciplines within the form and content so the story deepens and becomes more inclusive in the telling.
e earned a BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design and an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer throughout the US and taught numerous book art workshops for artists of all ages around the world. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Paley & Levy Galleries, B Square Gallery, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center for the Book. e also serves on the board of the (no name) Art Group, an art collective that supports local and international charities through creative art exhibitions and fundraisers dedicated to raising awareness of significant world issues
Asi Burak is a veteran of the videogame and tech industries, and an award-winning executive producer and designer. He is the Chairman of the highly influential organization Games for Change, producer of the largest gaming event in NYC, the Games for Change festival.
Both through his agency Power Play and independently, Asi served as a strategic advisor to organizations like EON Productions (producer of the James Bond films), Tribeca Enterprises, Newsweek, and McCann Erickson, helping guide the strategic use of games to further brand and product engagement.
His first book Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World (January 2017, Macmillan) explores the phenomenon of social impact games, highlighting some of the most successful projects created in recent years, including the unique and personal stories of their creators.
Lloyd Casson is an Episcopal priest whose ministry and service has involved him on many fronts, within the Episcopal Church, and in this country and abroad. Each experience has broadened his perspective and strengthened his resolve to work on issues of peace, socio-economic justice and sustainability. Lloyd’s work began in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Suddenly thrust into the turbulent aftermath of Martin Luther King's assassination, he led movements aimed at ending the unrest, police brutality and nine-month occupation by the National Guard. He organized action groups and dialogue with government officials and community leaders to address racial segregation and discrimination in areas of employment, housing, education and other critical issues underlying the bitterness and frustration which had fueled the unrest. He was President of the Board of Education and led the development of a statewide job training program. His time in Wilmington would set the tone for much of his long ministry.
Lloyd went on to serve Trinity Parish, NY; Washington National Cathedral; Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York; Philadelphia Cathedral and at the Episcopal Church Center. He guided the formation of interracial and interfaith community groups and led demonstrations in response to injustices. In addition, Lloyd was an organizer and first President, Episcopal Urban Caucus, and is a member of Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Palestine/Israel Network, NAACP and other groups. Lloyd has had missionary assignments in the Dominican Republic and Kenya and led mission consultations around the world. He's been a part of Brahma Kumaris global projects and served as a religious NGO Rep at three UN Summits. He returned to Wilmington in 1997 to take up the challenge of guiding the consolidation of two historically segregated congregations into one: St. Andrew's, predominantly white, and St. Matthew’s, predominantly black. Today, the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew is widely known as a multicultural congregation. Lloyd now serves as a mission renewal and strategy consultant to church leaders, and as a retreat facilitator and meditation guide.
Abbey Clements has been an elementary school teacher for 25 years. She was teaching second grade at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012, when a gunman burst in with an AR-15 and took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. Since the tragedy, Abbey has become a gun violence prevention activist; she works with survivors of gun violence across the country, and speaks out in favor of stronger gun safety laws and against bad, lax gun laws. In particular, she fights for keeping guns out of k-12 schools and off college campuses. Participating in the documentary, "Newtown," and post-release screenings and panels, continues to be a meaningful way of moving forward for her. The film is a powerful vehicle for change. Abbey now teaches fourth grade at another Newtown elementary school.
Born in Ethiopia and raised in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Haiti, Jennifer is asked more often than not, “what are you?” Not finding the answer to that question simple, or easy, Jennifer became a journalist and filmmaker so she could explore themes of identity and connection. She worked at The Washington Post where she created the Emmy nominated video series onBeing -- a project profiling stories hidden in the quiet of people who don’t tend to make the news. Jennifer hopes this current work with Whitman, Alabama will raise the volume on voices from the American South. Her previous work has received a Knight-Batten Special Distinction Award for Innovation, an Online News Association Award for Innovation, awards from the White House News Photographers Association and recognition from the American Film Institute.
Dr. Alice Driver is a bilingual photojournalist who splits her time between Mexico City, her home state of Arkansas, and Washington, D.C. She is the author of “More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunthing, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico” (University of Arizona 2015), a book which she completed as part of her postdoctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Driver’s writing and documentary photography covering human rights, activism, and social movements have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, National Geographic, The World Policy Journal, The Guardian, The Texas Observer, Al Jazeera English, Pacific Standard, and Ms. Magazine. Alice is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Keith Hammonds is the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Solutions Journalism Network, an organization that supports and connects journalists interested in doing solutions journalism, rigorous reporting about how people are responding to problems. Previously, he worked for Ashoka, where he started and led the News & Knowledge Initiative, advancing the work of hundreds of social entrepreneurs in media around the world. He also has been executive editor at Fast Company magazine; a bureau chief and editor for BusinessWeek in Boston and New York; a writer for The New York Times in London and Johannesburg; a consultant to New Nation in Johannesburg; director of an emergency food distribution program in Namibia; and coach of the Firebolts, a fearsome girls soccer team.
From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley brings her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Morley has released five full length recordings under the auspices of Sony, Universal, Polydor, Sunny Side Records & independently. She uses music as a tool for conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation when working with youth from conflict zones. She has experience working with a wide range of populations including safe homes for youth and domestic violence survivors, formerly incarcerated, war veterans as well as professional development for teachers, doctors, and community leaders. With 13 years of experience bringing music and songwriting into hospice and hospitals through Musicians On Call, Morley is involved in Bernie Glassman's Bearing Witness retreats in Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oświęcim, Poland, Rwanda on the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi and The Black Hills Pine Ridge Reservation. Morleycompleted the Facilitation training for the “Healing of Memories” with South African freedom fighter, Father Michael Lapsley and has recently released her new album, “Thousand Miles." Check out Morley's TED performance.
Ally Karsyn is the founder, producer and host of Ode, a live storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy. Each event is recorded for broadcast on Siouxland Public Media, the NPR member station in Sioux City, Iowa, where she is the arts producer and afternoon host. Karsyn is a former features reporter and columnist for the Sioux City Journal. She received the 2016 Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award and the 2016 Jay P. Wagner Prize for Young Journalists from the Iowa Newspaper Association. Ally is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Jaeah Lee is a freelance journalist in San Francisco. She is a 2017 investigative reporting fellow at the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute at Brandeis University, working on a story about human rights in detention. Previously she was a staff reporter at Mother Jones, covering law enforcement after Ferguson. Her work has been featured in VICE News, Pop Up Magazine, The Atlantic, Guardian, and others. In 2015, she was part of a team at Mother Jones that won an Online Journalism Award for a series on the cost of gun violence in America. Jaeah is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Jed Lipinski covers public health and criminal justice for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and has written for BuzzFeed, Politico, Slate, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, Vice and other outlets. His writing has won awards from the Associated Press and the New Orleans Press Club. In 2016, he was awarded a fellowship by the National Press Foundation for his coverage of the opioid epidemic in Louisiana. Jed is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Karen McIntyre is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her interdisciplinary and international research agenda focuses on the psychological processes and effects of news media, and specifically on constructive journalism. Among other research projects, she has worked to define constructive journalism and similar terms, tested the effects of constructive techniques, and surveyed U.S. journalists regarding their opinions on the subject.
Gayatri Naraine has been at the core of ivoh since its inception. She was among the main organizers of the first ivoh Conversation in New York City in 1999. Since then, she has facilitated conversations in Africa, Malaysia and various locations in the United States. Gayatri is a spiritual educator, writer and speaker. Since 1980 she has been the Brahma Kumaris’ (BK) representative to the United Nations in New York City. There, her role is to identify UN policies that have practical relevance for individuals’ lives; to explore and develop values-based and spiritual dimensions within these; and to create programs and publications to expand awareness through the BK’s network in 120 countries. Gayatri was pivotal in the development of the Living Values Education program, working closely with UNICEF and UNESCO in its implementation. She has also contributed to the International Labor Organization’s Agenda on Decent Work in their consultation with NGOs. Gayatri Naraine has spent the last ten years exploring the transformational depth of silent reflection and the impact it has on actions for world benefit.
Claudia is a journalist from Javeriana University of Bogotá. Before working at El Tiempo T.V. and City T.V., she was the news director of Canal Capital, the public channel of Bogotá City. During her 20-year career, she has worked as an anchor and reporter. She started at the Colombian TV Station Canal Caracol. Then, she was asked by CNN Spanish to join that network, so she moved to Atlanta, GA to anchor the primetime weekend show, "Mirador Mundial." In this position, she covered Latin-American political elections. She also anchored and directed a weekday show, "Encuentro;" the quarterly show, “Los Influyentes," and presented the weekly show, "Destinos". When she returned to Colombia, she became part of the principal team of one of the most listened news radio station in the country, W Radio. Besides being the anchor for TV newscast CM, Claudia published a weekly interview for the newspaper, "El Pueblo Cali". Claudia is frequently invited to moderate forums on subjects related to journalism, feminist leadership, and Latin-American politics. Her first book "¿Te Vas o Te Quedas?" ("Are you going or are you staying?") was published in 2013. It shares 30 stories of immigrants and aims to offer advice for future immigrants to have a successful experience in the United States. In october 2015, Claudia published her second book, "Perdonar lo Imperdonable" ("Forgiving the Unforgivable"), it focuses on stories of victims and perpetrators who were able to move forward from their tragedies and build peace projects. This book is in its fifth edition, and was published as a study book for school students.
Yvette Rock received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She spent one year as a Visiting Scholar during her post-graduate stint at U of M. It was during this time that Rock conceived of Detroit Connections, a program that fostered collaboration between U of M and Detroit schools and organizations. She has worked as artist-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, founded a local after-school program, is a community activist, and collaborates with artists of various disciplines. Rock has exhibited throughout southeast Michigan, including the Carr Center, Detroit Artists Market, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, and National Conference of Artists. She is the founder, owner and director of Live Coal Gallery, L.L.C., a social venture whose purpose is to foster a passion for art, community, and learning. In spring 2017, Rock will be hosting the first annual conference, "Grieving & Healing Through the Arts." Rock lives and works in Detroit.
Kim A. Snyder
Director/Producer Kim A. Snyder’s most recent film, Newtown premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was hailed in Entertainment Weekly as among the "Best of Sundance." Newtown screened at premiere festivals worldwide and was theatrically released in Fall 2016, with a national broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens slated for April 2017. Snyder’s last feature documentary, Welcome to Shelbyville was also nationally broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens. In 2007, Kim co-founded the BeCause Foundation to direct and produce a series of socially conscious documentaries which have won numerous awards with campaigns furthering the work of the social innovators they highlight. Kim’s award-winning directorial debut feature documentary, I Remember Me, was theatrically distributed by Zeitgeist Films. In 1994, she associate produced the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor directed by Peggy Rajski. Kim graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and resides in New York City.
Anna Claire Vollers
Anna Claire Vollers is an investigative reporter for Alabama Media Group, covering human and civil rights, education and social justice issues. Her work appears online at AL.com, the state’s largest news website, and in print in The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register. Before turning to reporting in 2013, she worked as a regional magazine editor and features writer. She has collaborated with the Center for Investigative Reporting on Alabama’s lack of religious daycare regulation, and her reporting on rural maternity care was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has won statewide awards for her features and news writing. Anna Claire lives in Huntsville, Ala. with her husband and their three young sons. Anna Claire is one of ivoh's 2017 Restorative Narrative Fellows.
Steven Youngblood is the director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University. He has taught Peace Journalism in Cyprus, Sudan, the Republic of Georgia, Kenya, the Bronx, NY, Ireland, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Austria, South Sudan, Costa Rica, Turkey, South Africa, and Uganda. He is the author of “Peace Journalism Principles and Practice” (Routledge/Taylor and Francis Books, October 2016).
Previously, Steven coordinated and taught a U.S. State Department sponsored project in Turkey titled, “Reporting Syrian Refugees: Building Communities of Understanding.” He has also directed and taught a comprehensive Peace and electoral journalism project (sponsored by USAID and the State Dept.) in Uganda in 2010-11.
He is a two time J. William Fulbright Scholar (Moldova 2001, Azerbaijan 2007). Steven has lectured/taught worldwide for the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, and People to People International.
Steven has been recognized for his service to global peace by the U.S. State Department (Alumni of the Month), Rotary International (Honorary Rotarian), and the UN Association of Greater Kansas City (World Citizen of the Year). He is the author of “Professor Komagum: Teaching Peace Journalism and Battling Insanity in Uganda”.
Steven launched the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in 2012. The Center works with journalists, academics, and students worldwide to improve reporting about conflicts, societal unrest, reconciliation, solutions, and peace. Through its courses, workshops, lectures, magazine (The Peace Journalist), blog, and other resources, the Center encourages media to reject sensational and inflammatory reporting, and produce counter-narratives that offer a more nuanced view of those who are marginalized—ethnic/racial/religious minorities, women, youth, and migrants.
The center has successfully planned and executed dozens of seminars/symposiums/lectures around the world, and has partnered with universities (Istanbul, Turkey; Rongo, Kenya, for example) and media NGO’s (Media Association for Peace-Lebanon; Peace Journalism Foundation-Uganda) to spread the word about the benefits of peace journalism. For more information on the center and its activities, see: www.park.edu/peacecenter .