June 2, 2011

Advance Notice

Public talk by activist Kiran Bedi a highlight of religion, conflict and peacebuilding forum

Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi (Photo by seeveeaar/Flickr)

Indian social activist Kiran Bedi will give a free public talk on "Contemporary Issues and Practical Solutions" as part of Emory's second "Conference on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding" at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium.

The conference, being held June 17-19, will feature about 30 presenters from a variety of locales and disciplines, and focus on applications and practices within special local and global contexts.

A retired Indian Police Service Officer, Bedi was the first woman to join the force in 1972 and served as Police Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Since her retirement she has founded two nonprofit organizations: Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which seek to improve the lives of Indians through education, addiction treatment and programs for women and children living in India's slums, rural areas and prisons.

Bedi also will serve as the welcome and keynote speaker at the conference opening session June 17.  Plenary speakers are from the United States and abroad and include:

• Betty Bigombe, peace negotiator and former member of the Ugandan parliament;

• Yehuda Stolov, executive director, Interfaith Encounter Association, Jerusalem;

• Malinda B. Joss, executive director of the Women and Children Development Association of Liberia;

• Mama Tumeh Sieh, leader of Traditional Women for Peace and Carter Center affiliate in Liberia;

• Bernard Lafayette, civil rights activist and Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence, Candler School of Theology; and

• Douglas Shipman, chief executive officer, Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

Preregistration is highly recommended, but on-site is available. See for registration, pricing structures and discounts.

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