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The Bill Huntley Memorial Peace Seminar 2020

27 - 28 November 2020

This year our annual seminar was titled 'Many Peaces'. The event was devised, organised and delivered by our Class XVIII Rotary Peace Fellows. The seminar took place on 27 - 28 November 2020 as an online webinar. 

We were delighted to be joined at the seminar by two guest speakers, as well as colleagues from the Department of Peace Studies and International Development. Class XVIII Peace Fellows also delivered individual presentations on a number of topics. Many of the sessions were interactive with attendees having the opportunity to submit questions to our speakers.

We were grateful to be joined by attendees from all over the world, including Rotarians, Rotary Peace Fellows, academics and many more. 


Watch the seminar

You can watch the seminar on the University of Bradford Youtube channel.

Day One

Watch Day One, Session One here.

The first session of the seminar was chaired by Rotary Peace Centre Director Professor Behrooz Morvaridi. The session included a welcome from Interim Head of the Division of Peace Studies and International Development, Professor Prathivadi Anand. Area Host Rotarian Keith Davison gave an overview of the year. Dr Fiona Macaulay held an interactive session on the topic ‘Gender and Peace’.

Watch Day One, Session Two here.

The second session of Day One saw the first of our Class XVIII Peace Fellows deliver their individual presentations. Peace Fellows discussed a variety of topics based on their research and Applied Field Experiences from their time at the University. The session included a Q&A with the Peace Fellows – Nabila Al Zaeem, Idrisa Kamara, Meklite Alemayehu Balcha and Gaia Klotz. We were joined by guest speaker Phill Gittins, the Education Director of World BEYOND War, who also took part in an interactive Q&A.

*Peace Fellows presentations begin at minute 2:00 with Nabila Al Zaeem, followed by Irdisa Kamara at 14:30, Meklite Balcha at 23:45, and Gaia Klotz at 40:20.


Day Two

Watch Day Two, Session One here.

The first session of Day Two included two interactive sessions. Professor Owen Greene from the Department of Peace Studies and International Development presented on the topic ‘Promoting Community Security in Fragile Areas: lesson learned’. Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellow alumna Camillia Freeland-Taylor presented on the subject ‘Vision for Peace: Exploring IEP’s Positive Peace Framework’.

Watch Day Two, Session Two here

The final session of the seminar saw the remaining Class XVIII Peace Fellows give their individual presentations. Madhav Prasad Pokharel, Rachel Brooks, Terrance Stevenson, Elleanor Goldney and Mariafernanda Burgos presented on their research and Applied Field Experiences. They also took part in an interactive Q&A session. Peace Centre Director Professor Behrooz Morvaridi gave the closing remarks of the seminar.

*Peace Fellows presentations begin at minute 1:50 with Madhav Prasad Pokharel, Rachel Brooks follows at 13:55, Terrance Stevenson presents at 24:15, Elleaonor Goldeny at 35:30, and Mariafernanda Burgos Ariza at 46:30

Seminar Programme

Day One

Friday 27 November

  • Welcome and Introduction to Day One
  • Chair of Opening Session - Rotary Peace Centre Director, Professor Behrooz Morvaridi
  • Interim Head of Division of Peace Studies and International Development - Professor Prathivadi Anand
  • Overview of the Year 2020 - Area Host Rotarian, Keith Davison
  • Dr. Fiona Macaulay - 'Gender and Peace'
  • Class XVIII Peace Fellows Presentations, session one
  • Q&A with Class XVIII Peace Fellows
  • Guest Speaker - Phill Gittins, PhD. Education Director, World BEYOND War
  • Conclusions from Day one and Introduction to Day Two


Day Two

Saturday 28 November

  • Welcome and Introduction to Day Two
  • Professor Owen Greene - 'Promoting Community Security and Development in Fragile Areas: lesson learned'.
  • Guest Speaker - Camillia Freeland-Taylor, Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellow - Vision for Peace: Exploring IEP's Positive Peace Framework
  • Class XVIII Peace Fellows Presentations, session two
  • Q&A with Class XVIII Peace Fellows
  • Event Closing - Professor Behrooz Morvaridi (Director of Rotary Peace Centre), Closing Remarks & the next Seminar
  • Incoming Class Introduction - Class XIX Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Moment of Reflection for COVID-19 & closing comments


'Many Peaces' Seminar Programme

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Peace Fellows Presentations

Class XVIII Rotary Peace Fellows delivered individual presentations on a variety of topics during the seminar - 

Day One

Nabila Al Zaeem - 'Youth Resilience as a Step to Reach Peace (Incentive for Achieving Peace) in Conflict Countries'

Idrisa Kamara - 'The Role of Foreign Aid on Liberia's Youthful Population'

Meklite Alemayehu Balcha - 'Does Refugee Local Integration in the Country of First Asylum Offer a Durable Solution for Refugees in Developing Countries?'

Gaia Klotz - 'Crisis Philanthropy during COVID-19: Avenues for Positive Peace in Wayne County, Michigan, USA'

Day Two

Madhav Prasad Pokharel - The Role of Cooperative in Development: 'Case Study from Nepal'

Rachel Brooks - 'Same Forces, Changing Landscape: Innovating Democracy and Fighting Mis/Disinformation Online'

Terrance Stevenson - 'Financing Peace: Assessing the Conflict Sensitivity of Public-Private Partnerships in Conflict-Affected Countries'

Elleanor Goldney - 'Safe Zones in South Sudan and the Humanitarian Imperative: A Crytical Analysis of Protection of Civilian Sites'

Mariafernanda Burgos - 'Reconciliation Journeys from Guatemala to Northern Ireland'

Guest Speaker, Day One - Phill Gittins, PhD.

Dr. Phill Gittins is a practitioner-scholar with over 20 years’ leadership, programming, and analysis experience in the areas of peace, education, youth, and psychotherapy. To date, he has lived, worked, and travelled in over 50 countries across 6 continents; taught in schools, colleges, and universities in eight countries; and designed and led experiential training and training-of-trainers for hundreds of individuals on peacebuilding and social change processes.

Other experience includes helping to create and develop an international youth peace education programme; leading on the planning, execution, and analysis of a range of international projects in fragile and challenging environments; managing multi-disciplinary teams; convening and community-based dialogues; mentoring youth and adults; working in youth offending prisons; and working with a number of domestic and international organisations as an advisor and consultant.

Phill’s international role and reputation for his work is reflected in his position as Education Director for World BEYOND War, a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace, with membership in 175 countries. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to peacebuilding and social change, including the Rotary Peace Fellowship, the KAICIID Fellowship, and the Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. Phill is also a Peace Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Phill’s academic background is wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. He earned his PhD in International Conflict Analysis, MA in Education, and BA (First Class Honours) in Youth and Community Work. He also holds postgraduate qualifications in Peace and Conflict Studies, Education and Training, and Teaching in Higher Education, and is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, and Project Manager by training.

Guest Speaker, Day Two - Camillia Freeland-Taylor, Rotary Peace Fellow Class XVII

Vision for Peace: Exploring IEP’s Positive Peace Framework

Camillia Freeland-Taylor (Rotary Peace Fellow 2018) delivered a fresh perspective on current global affairs and improvements in the positive peace index. During this interactive presentation, Cami explored the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Within the context of Covid-19 and an ever-changing world, measuring peace can be a difficult task. Through this evidence-based model we examined the optimal environment for human potential to flourish and unravel the “many pieces” that weave humanity together or apart.

Camillia was Contracting Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture from 2015-2018.

Prior to her experience at the USDA Camillia served two years in the United States Peace Corps where she taught animal husbandry, Agroforestry, and beekeeping to rural farmers in Zambia. She has helped to build a school in the same village and has returned each year since her Peace Corps Service to help expand the school.

Camillia grew up on a small farm in Minnesota and earned a B.A. in Business and Chinese from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

Camillia was a Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellow at University of Bradford where she studied an MA in Peace, Conflict and Development. During her Fellowship Camillia carried out fieldwork in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, working with the United Nations Development Programme. This involved working on African human rights, rule of law, and governance through strengthening African Union treaties.

Camillia Freeland Taylor