Symposium Plenary Speakers
The 2012 Faith, Reason and World Affair Symposium will bring to campus a number of influential thinkers and writers from a variety of academic disciplines. Confirmed speakers include:
Rose Mapendo, a Tutsi Congolese genocide survivor and co-founder of Mapendo New Horizons. Mapendo's organization is dedicated to giving help and hope to vulnerable survivors of physical, psychological and social trauma in Africa by ensuring them easy access to health care, protection and security. She brings a powerful story of courage, forgiveness and peace building.
Gretchen Steidle Wallace, founder and president of Global Grassroots, an organization that empowers many impoverished women – genocide survivors, widows, women living with HIV/AIDS, victims of sexual violence or survivors of domestic abuse – to transform their communities.
David Feinberg, associate professor of art and director of the University of Minnesota's "Voice to Vision" project, which captures the extraordinary experiences of genocide survivors through dialogue and works of visual arts.
Gregory Gordon, associate professor of law and director of the University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies. Gordon has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC and Radio France Internationale as an expert on war crimes prosecution.
The symposium will also highlight a series of one-hour concurrent sessions to provide participants an opportunity to further explore various dimensions of the symposium theme.