Mel Duncan, co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization that puts nonviolent strategies into practice for the prevention and mitigation of violence in conflict zones, will speak on Wednesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites.
His talk, “From Sri Lanka to Standing Rock: The Viability of Unarmed Civilian Protection,” will discuss the theory behind unarmed civilian protection. Duncan will share success stories from Nonviolent Peaceforce’s projects in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Guatemala, Sudan and at Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
In 2007, Nonviolent Peaceforce was granted Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. In 2016, the organization was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Duncan’s awards and honors include the 2006 Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College and the 2007 International Pfeffer Peace Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Register online.