Seattle Peace Lecture Jan 31, 2016 – Palwasha Kakar, U.S. Institute of Peace

2016 Peace Lecture

Our annual 2016 Peace Lecture was held January 31, 2016 featuring Palwasha Kakar, Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace.  Kakar is an Afghan-American Muslim with Mennonite background, Kakar has published research regarding women’s participation in local governance, Pashtunwali-Afghan customary law, Afghan women’s identity, and social spaces in Afghanistan. Her research has taken her to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria.  She earned a Master’s degree focusing on gender, politics and religion from Harvard University’s Divinity School and a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Global Studies focusing on peace and conflict from Bethel College in North Newton, KS.

Audio Files:
Morning Presentation: Mennonites, Muslims and Radical Peacebuilding
About 50 minute presentation by Palwasha Kakar

Coming Soon:
Evening Presentation:  Crossroads of Gender, Religion and Peacebuilding

More Background Information on Palwasha Kakar:

Biographical Info at USIP website:

Bethel College’s Young Alumni Award:

Eastern Mennonite University’s write up:

See SMC Just Peace page for additional information about past peace lectures.