International Peacemaker to Speak to William Peace University

September 15, 2021
Robi Damelin

RALEIGH, N.C. — International speaker and Peacemaker Robi Damelin will speak to William Peace University (WPU) students ahead of International Peace Day.

Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson and Director of International Relations for the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members to the conflict and work together for reconciliation and resolution to the conflict. Her son, David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper in March of 2002 while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Since becoming active in the Parents Circle, Robi has spoken worldwide, including to thousands of Israelis and Palestinians, to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement.

Damelin will speak to WPU students virtually from Tel Aviv, Israel. First-year students will watch from their classrooms at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16; other students and faculty are invited to watch remotely. In advance of her speech, the University offered a screening of “One Day After Peace,” a documentary featuring Damelin.

In her private talk, titled “A Peacemaker at Work,” Damelin will share her story in hopes of inspiring future peacemakers.

The event is part of a week-long series of events on campus that focus on peace, including a speaker on meditation and mindfulness and the “1857 Games” — an Olympic-style series of games named for the year WPU was founded.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Dawn Dillon, director of the First-Year Experience and Retention, said this talk ties into the University’s mission to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow.

“While Robi’s experience is based on her life in Israel and the generation-long conflicts there, her story is inspiring and applicable for our students as they begin considering their life’s work and purpose,” Dillon said. “Understanding her belief that reconciliation as a part of peace will help our students as they tackle the discord and cultural challenges we are facing in the U.S., North Carolina and here in Raleigh.”

Damelin’s talk is made possible by a grant from Democracy Innovation with Campus Compact of North Carolina.

More about Robi Damelin
Robi Damelin was named as a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World. In 2014, Robi was selected by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice as one of four Women PeaceMakers. She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace. She regularly contributes to The Forward and Huffington Post, and has spoken at various Women in the World events, Royal Albert Hall with Marcus Mumford, and European, Spanish and Canadian Parliaments. Watch her TEDTalk.

About WPU
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