Listening and Leading:
The art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice

Dates: July 25th- 28th, 2024

Event Locations:  Marriott Kigali (Reception, July 25);  The Kigali Genocide Memorial (all day, July 26); Marriott Kigali (all day, July 27 and July 28)


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Listening and Leading: the art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice

Join a group of internationally-known scholars, peace practitioners, educators, policymakers, and community builders committed to reconciliation, forgiveness, peace and transformational justice as a path to a resilient and just tomorrow. Deepen your knowledge of the art and science of peace, resilience and transformational justice as we gather in Rwanda, which marks 30 years in 2024 since the Genocide against the Tutsi and the country’s emergence from devastation to be a global leader on peace and reconciliation.

Event Cohosts

University of Rwanda

Ministry of Unity and Civic Engagement

Tufts University

This international conference welcomes

Scholars, eyewitnesses, educators, policymakers, philanthropists and practitioners in the field of peace-building globally.


Presentations on the lessons learned in the aftermath of genocide and mass atrocities 

Insights into peace education, evaluating its effectiveness 

Models of prevention at the community, country and global level

Testimonies from those facing genocide and mass atrocities

An understanding of the growing risks of genocide from climate change, upheaval and migration, and political forces

Inspiration to return home prepared to address the challenges of our times

We will launch the Isoko Peace Institute at this international conference. Join us!

You are invited to shape the vision and programming for the new Isoko Peace Institute, a “sister campus” to the world-famous Kigali Genocide Memorial. The Isoko Peace Institute will open in Bugesera, Rwanda, near the new international airport, set to open in 2025.

Delegates to the conference will be part of shaping this new, visionary institute, ready to serve the people and communities in Rwanda, Africa, and the world. Join us on this journey to build peace and promote justice in a world eager for hope and inspiration.

A Few of our

confirmed speakers

Jean-Damascene Bizimana

Rwanda Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement

Jacqueline Asiimwe

Founder & CEO, CivSource Africa

Hope Azeda

Festival Curator, Ubumuntu Festival

Harry L. Williams

President & CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Emma Jordan Simpson

President, Auburn Seminary

Katherine Klein

Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Dowling

Research Professor, Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development Deputy Director, Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development Tufts University

Everett Worthington

Commonwealth Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University

Spencer Niles

Professor and Co-Founder THRIVE Research and Intervention Center at The College of William & Mary

Jonathan M. Tirrell

Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University

Erin Kelly

Professor, Tufts University

Sandra Shenge

Program Director, Aegis Trust

Tali Nates

Executive Director, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

Dayna Cunningham,

Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Freddy Mutanguha

CEO, Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Nicole Fleetwood

James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Jason Stanley

Professor, Yale University

Octave Rukundo

Senior Partnership Facilitator, Compassion International - Rwanda

Placide Mwiseneza

Senior Partnership Facilitator Compassion International - Rwanda

Bjorn Krondorfer

Regents' Professor and Director of the Martin-Springer Institute, Northern Arizona University

Marina Cantacuzino, MBE

Founder, The Forgiveness Project

Dr. William Chrisopher Stewart

Chief Grants Officer at the Templeton Religion Trust

Tracy Mack Parker

Principal, Citizen Philanthropy


The convening takes place during the annual Ubumuntu Arts Festival, and each evening, festival attendees will have the opportunity to see a special private performance. First held in 2015, this spectacular event occurs during the last week of the 100 days commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It takes place at the outdoor amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and brings artists from around the world to perform, teach and inspire.

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