Creative Peacemaking Symposium

Oklahoma City University | March 7-8, 2014

The 2014 Creative Peacemaking Symposium will be held in the Marvel Williamson Center in the Kramer School of Nursing.

The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City University Oikos Scholars Program, the Social & Ecological Responsibility Initiative at Oklahoma City University, VOICE Oklahoma City, and the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA

This collaborative two-day symposium will be exploring systemic approaches to peacemaking in education, networking, and advocacy. using on challenges and opportunities facing students, community leaders, and social and cultural organizations, we will explore effective ways for creating community-based programs and partnerships to address issues related to peace. Come join us as we work together toward a more peaceful planet.

For additional details, see below and view the agenda.


Kramer School of Nursing, Marvel Williamson Center

The Kramer School of Nursing is located in two buildings on the south side of NW 27th Street between Florida and Blackwelder Avenues. The Marvel Williamson Center is on the 3rd Floor of the Kramer School of Nursing East.

Parking is available in the large lot south of the one-story Kramer School of Nursing West, and NW of that building across from Freede Wellness Center.

Symposium Schedule

Registration, information packets, & meal tickets will be available at the entry to the Williamson Center.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

8:30      Registration

9:00      Welcome: Mark Davies, Dean, Petree College of Arts & Sciences 

9:30      First Plenary Address: Robertson Work, "Four Faces of War and Peace: Mind, Behavior, Culture, System"

10:45    Breakout groups (Education, Advocacy, Networking)

12:30     Lunch, OCU Cafeteria (McDaniel University Center)

1:30      Second Plenary Address: Ernie Cortes, “Organizing and peacemaking”

2:45      Break

3:00      Breakout groups

5:00      Break

6:00      Banquet, Leichtner Reunion Room, Freede Wellness Center: Neal Christie, speaker, “Global takeaways from peace building”

Saturday, March 8th

9:00      Welcome

9:30      Third Plenary Address: Pat Hoerth & Nathaniel Batchelder

10:45     Break

11:00     Breakout groups

12:30     Lunch: OCU Cafeteria

1:30      Breakout sessions                   

2:45      Break

3:00      Action decisions: adjourning by 4:30pm


Registration is inclusive of midday meals both Friday and Saturday. Oklahoma City University students, faculty, and staff may attend the event at no charge.

Symposium Event Registration - $75.00 in advance, $80 at the door

Oklahoma City University Student, Faculty, Staff Event Registration - Free

Friday Banquet Dinner ONLY (6-8pm) - $25.00

Plenary speakers

Nathaniel Batchelder
, Director of the Peace House Oklahoma City

Neal Christie
, Assistant General Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society (GBCS) for Education and Leadership Formation

Ernesto (Ernie) Cortés
, founding organizer of the Industrial Areas Foundation

Pat Hoerth
, Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader at Turtle Rock Farm: A Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing on the prairie in north central Oklahoma.

Robertson Work
, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; UN Consultant; Director, Innovative Leadership Services; Fulbright Senior Specialist; and Senior Fellow, NYU Research Center for Leadership in Action. Formerly, UNDP Principal Policy Advisor for Decentralized Governance, and Executive Director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the Republic of Korea, Jamaica and Venezuela.


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We have a conference rate with Courtyard Oklahoma City Northwest, available by reservation through Feb. 20. Call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 on or before Thursday, Feb. 20 (the “Cut-off Date”) to make room reservations. Please identify yourself as part of the Oklahoma City University group staying at the Courtyard Oklahoma City Northwest, located at

1515 NW Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118