2018 Seminar on Peace and the Global Civil Society Speakers


MAY 27-28, 2018 | PHILADELPHIA, PA

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of International Higher Education in Peacebuilding

tony gallagherTony Gallagher
Queen’s University Belfast
Tony Gallagher is a professor of education at Queen’s University Belfast. From 2005 to 2010 he was head of the School of Education; from 2010 to 2015 he was pro vice chancellor; in 2017 he was the acting head of the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, and currently he is director of research in the same School. His main research interest lies in the role of education in divided societies, including work on the development of collaborative school networks in ethnically divided societies, and work on the civic role of higher education. He is the editor of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (Sage) and a member of the board of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation.

thomas hillThomas Hill, PhD
New York University
Thomas Hill is a clinical associate professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, where he is director of the Initiative for Peacebuilding through Education. He oversees the peacebuilding concentration within the Master of Science in Global Affairs (MSGA) program. Hill is a peacebuilding practitioner and researcher with more than 15 years of experience focusing on Iraq. A former journalist, his research interests include: the role of universities as actors and sites for peacebuilding; the importance of community-centered approaches to civil society-led peacebuilding; and the use of conflict analysis and assessment as tools for integrating development and peacebuilding. Dr. Hill earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a master of international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Anderson WordenElizabeth Anderson Worden, PhD
American University
Elizabeth Anderson Worden is an associate professor of education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research examines how governments foster identities and belonging through education during social and political transition. Worden’s book National Identity and Education Reform: Contested Classrooms (Routledge 2014) examines these issues in the context of Post-Soviet Moldova. Her current project focuses on teachers, social memory, and citizenship education in post-conflict Northern Ireland. As a Fulbright Scholar, she spent 5 months conducting field work there in 2014-2015. Dr. Worden has recently been appointed as a visiting professor to Ulster University in Northern Ireland where she will be in residence for a month each year until 2019. She has published articles in journals including Comparative Education, Journal of European Education, and Comparative Education Review.

Peter T ColemanPeter T. Coleman, PhD
Columbia University
Peter T. Coleman is professor of psychology and education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) and the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP) at Teachers College, and is executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). He currently conducts research on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as competencies for navigating conflict constructively, including a focus on adaptive negotiation and mediation dynamics, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality of motivational dynamics in conflict, justice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace.

Brandon HamberBrandon Hamber, PhD
Ulster University
Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is a visiting professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Liberia, among others. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books. In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of the Witwatersrand. He was awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014). Professor Hamber is a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.

sherif barsoumSherif Barsoum
New York University
Sherif Barsoum is assistant vice president for global services at New York University. He has been in the field of international education for 24 years, and prior to coming to NYU, worked at the Ohio State University for 14 years was director of international students and scholars office at Vanderbilt University for eight years. He served on the NAFSA Board of Directors for three years as vice president for public policy and practice. Barsoum has lead study abroad programs to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa and enjoys leading cross-cultural communication workshops. He holds a BA and MA from the Ohio State University.