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