Thursday 25 July 2024:

Join us at the Marriott Hotel Kigali from 4-6pm  for an early-evening welcome reception, hosted by Board of Trustees of Aegis Trust.

Friday 26 July 2024:

  • Welcome remarks by Jenny Ohlsson, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Aegis Trust. Personal tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Wreath-laying
  • “Launching the Isoko Peace Institute: Its Purpose, Its Urgency,”
  • A presentation by Dr Stephen Smith, Co-Founder, Aegis Trust and former Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation, and Freddy Mutanguha, CEO, Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Ceremonial remarks and virtual ribbon cutting for the new Isoko Peace Institute

  • First Lady Jeannette Kagame (invited)
  • Dr Dayna Cunningham, Dean, Jonathan M Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
  • Kayihura Muganga Didas, Associate Professor and Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda (invited)
  • Dr Jean-Damascene Bizimana, Minister of Unity and Civic Engagement (invited)
  • An overview of the Aegis Trust Peace Education Program, moderated by Aegis CEO Freddy Mutanguha
  • A presentation by the Reconciliation Village Members, who live in an intentional community shared by perpetrators and survivors of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis.

A night at the Ubumuntu Festival! With performances selected especially for delegates at the conference.

Saturday 27 July 2024

Alice Wairimudu Nderitu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide will give a “World Report” on preventing genocide and mass atrocities (invited).

Dr Jason Stanley, Professor, Yale University will speak on second-generation challenges and opportunities for countries emerging from genocide. What are the risks for returning to conflict and what can prevent retribution and vengeance?

Dr Everett Worthington, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak on the lessons of 40 years learning and living the art of forgiveness

Breakout sessions will enable delegates to choose from speakers on the themes of

  • Evaluating and Replicating Great Programming. Examples of speakers for breakout sessions include:
    • Research-Practitioner Partnerships, with Dr Elizabeth Dowling and Dr Jonathan Tirrell of Tufts University. How do we evaluate peace programming? A look at completed and ongoing evaluation and the metrics that focus us on replicating excellence.
    • Stephen Hecht, Chief Executive Peacemaker and Founder of Million Peacemakers and Chair of YPO Impact Networks Council, will speak about the Aegis-Million Peacemakers Partnership to engage with one million people using the “nonflict” model of conflict resolution, which Stephen created.
    • Dr Harry Williams, President and CEO of The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (Washington, DC), on TMCF’s partnership with Georgetown University to build a $26 million fund to support a college education for descendants of slavery
  • Leadership Development for Peacemaking and Justice. Examples of speakers for breakout sessions include:
    • Tali Nates, Director of the South Africa Holocaust Centre, will speak on the Changemakers Program that works with young people to encourage critical thinking and values clarification in situations of personal and community conflict.
    • Dr Spencer Niles, of William and Mary College, will speak about lessons learned in ten years of trips with college-age students to Rwanda.
      Ethical Narratives. Examples of speakers for breakout sessions include:
    • Dr Erin Kelly and Dr Jonathan Tirrell, of Tufts University, will be joined by community leaders from Rwanda to discuss the ethics of working with witnesses and survivors of genocide.
    • Rev Dr Emma Jordan Simpson, of Auburn Seminary, will speak on American narratives and truth-telling, and what happens when countries do not face their histories in a truthful way.

A night at the Ubumuntu Festival! With performances selected especially for delegates at the conference.

Sunday, 28 July 2024

The arts as a driver for peace: Join a discussion with Nicole Fleetwood, MacArthur Grantee and Professor at New York University, and author of Marking Time; and the creator of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival Hope Azeda.

Faith Communities and Forgiveness: Developing and Living our Values, a discussion with clergy from Central Africa who played a vital role in saving lives during conflict and genocide

The role of place in advancing justice and reconciliation: Jane E. Klinger, Special Advisor, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and head of the International Committee of Memorial and Human Rights Museums and Dr. Erik Somers, a historian with the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will lead a discussion with some of the leading voices in memorials and museums: Hang Nisay, Director of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Bonita Bennett, Founding Director of the District 6 Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, and Amina Krvavac, Executive Director of the War Childhood Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Philanthropy and Justice; and Sustainable Livelihoods and Impact Investing. We offer two “tracts” about finding and sustaining the resources for change. We’ll have a discussion with philanthropy leaders, including Tracy Mack Parker, founder of Citizen Philanthropy and advisor to Women Moving Millions, Global Fund for Women and Forward Global (formerly The Philanthropy Workshop); and an impact investing discussion led by Professor Katherine Klein, of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

A last-night gathering at the Ubumuntu Festival, with performances carefully chosen for our delegates.

Please note: Throughout the conference, Bjorn Krondorfer, Director, Martin-Springer Institute and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University, will host quiet, closed-door gatherings for reflection and discussion on the emotional content of the conference.

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