Fall 2015 Wine and Cheese Social

Members and and anyone interested in the work of the Centre County United Nations Association are invited to this "free of charge" event.   

The Social begins at 6:30 with the talk beginning at 7 p.m.

When:     Monday, September 28, 2015
Time:       6:30 –8 p.m.
Where:    Foxdale Village Auditorium, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College

Free parking is available in front of the building and in the parking garage

Dancing Between Two Worlds: Indigenous Peacemaking and Transformational Justice 

Dr. Polly Walker
Guest Speaker:
Dr. Polly Walker, Director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College

In her work in Australia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the United States, Polly Walker has collaborated with Indigenous knowledge holders who are involved in building peace through the revitalization and integration of Indigenous peacemaking in addressing contemporary conflicts. She draws on exemplary processes that recentre Indigenous worldview and traditions to effect peacebuilding and some measures of justice, including the Two Rivers Powwow in Twisp, Washington; the Nez Perce Memorial in Vancouver, Washington; the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial in New South Wales Australia; and Kastom Governance in Vanuatu.

Bio: Polly O. Walker, PhD., is of Cherokee descent, a member of the Cherokee Southwest Township, a satellite community of the Cherokee Nation. Her research, teaching and practice focus on reducing direct, structural and epistemic violence toward Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on the role of Indigenous ritual and ceremony in transforming conflicts. She is currently the Director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College, Chair of both the Indigenous Education Institute (dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous knowledge and science) and ReCAST, a peacebuilding and the arts organization. She is on the board of PaCSIA, Peace and Conflict Studies Institute based in Australia.