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Dr. Andrea Bartoli presents “The Experience of Peacemaking"  

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The Center for Catholic Studies and the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations’ Spring 2012 Lecture, entitled The Experience of Peacemaking: Learning from the Community Sant’Egidio, will be presented April 23 at 4 p.m. in the Bishop Dougherty University Center’s Chancellor’s Suite at Seton Hall University. All are welcome to attend, and the event is free of charge.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Bartoli, the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The respondent is Professor Elizabeth Defeis, Seton Hall University Professor of Law.

About the Event:
Reconciliation, peace-making, is at the heart of human need and the Christian message. In this lecture sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies and the Whitehead School of Diplomacy, Dr. Andrea Bartoli will inquire into recent developments in the study of conflict resolution by focusing on a single case, the experience of peace-making by the community of Sant’Egidio.

The Community of Sant'Egidio is a movement of people dedicated to living out the Gospel through prayer, solidarity with the poor and service to peace. It was born among high school students in Rome in 1968 when they met to pray in the church of Sant'Egidio. Today the Community is present throughout Italy and in seventy other countries throughout the world. Between 1990 and 1992 the community successfully mediated the end of the civil war in Mozambique. After that first experience the community has continued its peace-work in, among others, Guatemala, Algeria, Burundi, Albania, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, DRC, Sudan and Uganda.

About the Lecturer:
Andrea Bartoli has been a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio since 1970. He came to the United States in 1992 to follow the Mozambique peace process. Since then, he has been the representative of the community to the United Nations and the US Government. He is the Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and works primarily on peacemaking and genocide Prevention. Dr. Bartoli started the Community in the United States in 1993 in New York City. Since then, other communities have begun in the following US cities: Boston, Washington, South Bend and Minneapolis. The communities pray together regularly and serve the poor through outreach to elderly persons, a School of Peace for children, visits and correspondence with prisoners and English classes for foreigners. He is married to Paola Piscitelli, and is the father of Pietro (1995) and Anna (1996).

About the Respondent:
Prof. Elizabeth F. Defeis, professor at Seton Hall Law School, has lectured internationally on human rights, the rule of law, democracy and constitution building, electoral reform and standards for independence of the judiciary. Her expertise has been requested by governments, intergovernmental institutions and the United Nations.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. To that end, it sponsors an undergraduate degree program for students, focusing on interdisciplinary studies, with opportunities for community, service, scholarship and foreign study. The Center is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics, and their publications. The Center offers study and research, as well as an ongoing program on faith and culture, social justice, business and the economy, for audiences world-wide. For more information »

About the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations
The Whitehead School is a leading center for the study of diplomacy and international relations, dedicated to high standards of academic excellence and professional training; extending the frontiers of knowledge; and making a difference in the rapidly changing global environment. Students are given unique opportunities to experience diplomacy and are encouraged to:

  • Join a delegation on an international study tour
  • Discuss critical global concerns with world leaders
  • Complete professional internships, locally or overseas
  • Apply classroom knowledge to real world situations
  • Assume important leadership roles on campus
  • Build the confidence needed to make a difference in the fields of business, communications, diplomacy, government, law or the non-profit sector

The Whitehead School embraces Seton Hall’s longstanding tradition of a values-based education and dedication to developing servant leaders for a global society. For more information »

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For more information, please contact:

  • Sarah Adlis
  • (973) 275-2175