Professor Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist and founder of the academic discipline of peace and conflict studies, will host a public lecture titled, “Overcoming Structural Violence through Revolutions in Arab Countries,” on Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The discussion will provide HWS and the greater Geneva community the opportunity to interact with a leader in the field of peace and conflict studies.
Galtung has published more than 1,000 articles and more than 100 books. He has served as a negotiator in a number of international conflicts, and is the founder of TRANSCEND International, an organization that strives to bring about a more peaceful world through action, education, training, and dissemination. TRANSCEND International also conducts research on how to transform conflicts nonviolently, with empathy and creativity.
In addition to giving a lecture focused on structural violence, during his time on campus Galtung will visit various classrooms, participatein an interview with the Global Egalitarian Society’s weekly radio program on WEOS on Friday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. and meet with members of the Geneva community.
Galtung has taught at Columbia University, the University of Oslo and the International University Centre. He has held visiting positions at the United Nations University in Geneva, Switzerland, Princeton and the University of Hawaii. Currently, he teaches at Saybrook University in San Francisco, Calif.
His visit is hosted in part by the Intercultural Affairs Office, the Political Science Department, the Office of the President, the Young Memorial Trust, the International Student Association, the HWS student chapter of Americans for an Informed Democracy and the Global Egalitarian Initiative of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.