World Peace Conference 2017 Resources


For information on the RAGFP — Rotarian Action Group for Peace — click here. There is a wonderful 5-minute video that will get you inspired!

Peace Conference outcomes keep building!  Rev. Faith Fowler from Cass Community Services spoke on the Tiny House project and met Ann Arbor Rotarian and architect, Ed Wier.  Faith needed a design for a Victorian tiny house and a match was made.  See the story, Detroit’s tiny houses give residents a home to rebuild their lives.


  • “Peace in the Streets” Conference – April 20-21, 2018 – Wayne State University
    Detroit, MIPeace in the Streets is a two day conference, April 20-21, 2018 to be held on the campus of Wayne State University as a follow-on to the World Peace Conference 2017. The Detroit Rotary Club, in partnership with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at WSU, has invited noted experts to present their insights into three key areas: Peace in the Hood, Peace in the Home and Peace in the Schools. Important dialogue with youth is built into the program. The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is co-sponsor of the conference.  Violence in our communities has become a pressing concern for young and old alike. That message was brought out loud and clear by the high school and college age students who attended last spring’s peace conference in Ann Arbor. The youth in attendance appreciated hearing about the root causes, consequences and potential remedies for international and civil wars, but also alerted the organizers that the one thing they missed, and that has deep and close-up personal meaning for their lives is “Peace in the Streets”. This conference is intended for high school and college age students – and those adults who care about them.  For more information contact: Fred Pearson
  • Rotary International Conference, June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto. From the breathtaking opening ceremony and world-renowned speakers to informative programs and spectacular entertainment, the Toronto convention promises to be an unforgettable experience.  The program will include a pre-conference Peace event.
  • Presidential Peacebuilding  Conferences 2018 – To highlight the areas in which Rotary does its most significant work, RI President Ian H.S. Riseley is convening a series of SIX PRESIDENTAL PEACEBUILDING CONFERENCES during the first half of 2018.  The six conferences will focus on how peace relates to each of Rotary’s five other areas of focus as well as enviornmental sustainability.
    • 10 February, Vancouver, Canada, Topic: Enviornmental Sustainability and Peace
    • 17 February, Beirut, Lebanon, Topic: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Peace
    • 24 February, United Kingdom, Topic: Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace
    • 17 March, Sydney, Australia, Topic:  Economic and Community Development and Peace
    • 28 April, Taranto, Italy, Topic:  Maternal and Child Health and Peace
    • 2 June, Chicago, USA, Topic:  Basic Education and Literacy and Peace



We’re still visible in the Rotarian Action Group for Peace news — along with many current resources and events:

  • Visit this link for a video about Janessa Gans Wilder’s work with United Religions Initiative
  • Thank you to Paulette Stevens for more photos from our Peace Conference. Photo credit – Life Story Library
  • PeaceJam Foundation
  • One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign
  • Great Lakes PeaceJam
  • Life Story Library  – “Connecting to the authentic stories and grassroots energy of everyday people and sharing the true heart of humanity with the world.”
  • Global Prosperity & Peace Initiative – Our mission is to move people worldwide from poverty to prosperity and to promote peace, with the goal to increase the level of love, prosperity, and peace on Earth.
  • Charter for Compassion  – We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.  We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated–with dignity, equity and respect.  We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.
  • HeartMath Institute  – We are passionate and dedicated people, steadfast in our commitment to provide solutions for activating the heart of humanity. HeartMath Institute empowers individuals, families, groups and organizations to enhance their life experiences using tools that enable them to better recognize and access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence.



Jody Williams

  • Williams, Jody. My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. University of California Press, 2013.
  • Goose, Stephen D., Wareham, Mary, and Williams, Jody. Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy and Human Security. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008.
  • Jody Williams: A Realistic Vision for World Peace:

Jeffrey D. Sachs

  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable. Columbia University Press, 2017.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. The Age of Sustainable Development. Columbia University Press, 2015.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace. The Bodley Head Ltd, 2013.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. The Price of Civilization: American Values and the Return to Prosperity. Random House, 2011
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. Penguin Press, 2008.
  • Sachs, Jeffrey D. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time. Penguin Press, 2006.

Dr. Partha Nandi

  • Nandi, Partha. Ask Dr. Nandi: 5 Steps to Becoming your Own #HealthHero for Longevity, Well-being and a Joyful Life.  North Star Way, September 2017. (Not yet Published)
  • Removing Barriers to Healthcare: Dr. Partha Nandi at TEDxDetroit 2013:


Frederic S. Pearson

  • Pearson, Frederic S. and Yassine-Hamdan, Nahla. Arab Approaches to Conflict Resolution: Mediation, Negotiation and Settlement of Political Disputes. Routledge, 2014.
  • Pearson, Frederic S. and Rochester, J. Martin. International Relations: The Global Condition in the Twenty-First Century. McGraw-Hill, 1997.
  • Brzoska, Michael and Pearson, Frederic S.  Arms and Warfare: Escalation, De-Escalation, and Negotiation. University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
  • Pearson, Frederic S.  The Global Spread of Arms: Political Economy of International Security. Westview Press, 1994.

 Dr. Owen Greene

  • Greene, Owen and Marsh, Nicholas. Small Arms, Crime and Conflict: Global Governance and the Threat of Armed Violence. Routledge, 2011.

Sean Byrne

  • Byrne, Sean and Senehi, Jessica. Violence: Analysis, Intervention, and Prevention. Ohio University Press, 2012.
  • Byrne, Sean.  Economic Assistance and the Northern Ireland Conflict: Building the Peace Dividend. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008.
  • Byrne, Sean and Irvin, Cynthia L. Reconcilable Differences: Turning Points in Ethnopolitical Conflict.   Kumarian Press, 2000.
  • Byrne, Sean. Growing Up in a Divided Society: The Influence of Conflict on Belfast Schoolchildren.  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997.

Robert C. Johansen

  • Johansen, Robert C. The National Interest and the Human Interest: An Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy.  Princeton University Press, 2016.
  • Johansen, Robert C.   Towards Democratic Global Security. Victorian Association for Peace Studies, 1991.

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

  • Dobrusin, Robert. The Long Way Around: Stories and Sermons from a Life’s Journey.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

Reverend Dr. Paul Simpson Duke

  • Duke, Paul Simpson. The Parables: A Preaching Commentary. Abingdon Press, 2005.
  • Duke, David N. and Duke, Paul Simpson. Anguish and the Word: Preaching That Touches Pain.Smyth & Helwys, 1992.
  • Duke, Paul Simpson. Irony in the Fourth Gospel. John Knox Press, 1985.

Bobby Ghosh

Blake Cameron Roberts

  • Briggs, E. Donald, Najem, Tom Pierre, Roberts, Blake C. and Soderlund, Walter C. Africa’s Deadliest Conflict: Media Coverage of the Humanitarian Disaster in the Congo and the United Nations Response, 1997-2008. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012.


Dr. Jim Dincalci

  • Dincalci, Jim. How to Forgive When You Can’t: The Breakthrough Guide to Free Your Heart and Mind: Healing Upsets Without Condoning or Being Hurt Again. Ruah Press, 2011.

Dr. Jessica Senehi

  • Flaherty, Maureen P., Matyok, Thomas, Senehi, Jessica, and Tuso, Hamdesa. Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies. Lexington Books, 2013.
  • Byrne, Sean and Senehi, Jessica. Violence: Analysis, Intervention, and Prevention. Ohio University Press, 2012.
  • Byrne, Sean, Matyok, Thomas, and Senehi, Jessica.  Critical Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy. Lexington Books, 2011.

Luke Shaefer

  • Edin, Kathryn and Shaefer, H. Luke.  $2.00 a day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Michael Angelo Caruso

  • Caruso, Michael Angelo. 5 Cool Ideas For Better Working, living & Feeling. The Edison House, 2003.