For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2019 – NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host an event exploring best practices in peacebuilding shared by experts from the peacebuilding and international education communities. Higher education institutions have historically played a vital role in resolving conflict through education, training, and research. This year’s International Education Week offers an opportunity to recognize the significance of international education in addressing the world’s modern-day conflicts. The event will examine ties between higher education and conflict resolution and consider innovative approaches for creating—and sustaining—more peaceful societies.

Event:  The Role of Higher Education in Resolving Conflict and its Consequences

When:  Tuesday, November 19, 2019
             10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: U.S. Institute of Peace
             2301 Constitution Ave, N.W.
             Washington, DC 20037

Attending the Event

Reporters interested in covering this event should contact [email protected] or [email protected] by C.O.B. Monday, November 18.

Keynote Address

  • Melanie Greenberg, Managing Director for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Humanity United
  • Moderated by Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Panel Discussion

  • LaNitra Berger, Director of Fellowships, George Mason University; NAFSA Board Member; and editor of a forthcoming NAFSA book on social justice
  • Shirin Catterson Khosropour, Director, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Austin Community College
  • Beza Tesfaye, Senior Researcher, Mercy Corps
  • Thomas Hill, Director, Peace Research and Education Program, New York University School of Professional Studies
  • Moderated by Jill Welch, Vice President, External Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace


With more than 10,000 members in 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at and follow #IEW2019 for event information. To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit and @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.