Thomas is attending the luncheon reception today, and adding the local Red Cross perspective to the Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) workshop being given by Joanne Dufour, a Red Cross master trainer and teacher at Heritage University in Seattle.
Other confirmed speakers at the “Building Cultures of Peace” event include:
- Sami Rasouli, founder and director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams. Sami is coming from Iraq.
- Two Hibakusha (survivors of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), coming from Japan.
- Betty Reardon, one of the great figures of Peace Education, emeritus from Teachers College, Columbia University.
- Kathy Kelly, founder of Voice for Creative Nonviolence.
- Mary King, UN Peace professor, author of several important books on nonviolence, and former civil rights worker with the Studnt Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
- Catherine Thomasson, M.D., president of the US Physicians for Social Responsibility.
- Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild.
- Stella Ting-Toomey, a world expert on intercultural conflict resolution.
- Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco Politics professor and co-editor of two books on nonviolence.
- Jo Ann Bowman, director of Oregon Action, specializing in political empowerment of the most disenfranchised.
- “Bumpy” Pu’uhonua Kanahele, indigenous Hawaiian sovereignty leader sworn to Gandhian methods.
We’ll be looking forward to Thomas’ report on the experience!