Inspire Peace, Act for Peace
The 2019 Bill Huntley Memorial Peace Seminar was held on Saturday 26th October 2019.
This year the theme was 'Inspire Peace, Act for Peace'. In the words of our Peace Fellows "Peacebuilding is a lifelong process. As a cohort of Peacefellows, we are committed to take what we have learned during the past year and share it with our communities globally".
The seminar was organised and delivered by our Class XVII Rotary Peace Fellows, who shared their personal and collective journeys of working and studying for peace. Guests took part in interactive sessions which enabled them to engage in conversations with the Peace Fellows on a range of topics.
We were delighted to be joined by two guest speakers on the day, Conor Fortune and Will McInerney.
Guest Speaker - Conor Fortune
Deputy Director of Communications & External Affairs, Crisis Response Programme at Amnesty International.
Conor Fortune is a journalist and editor with a decade and a half of international experience in news, communications and human rights. Irish-born and US-educated, he began his career in print journalism in the USA before completing an MA in international relations as a Rotary World Peace Fellow based in Argentina. Besides previously writing for newspapers, online publications and a freedom-of-expression journal, he has worked in the press offices of leading global human rights NGOs, as well as the United Nations and the European Commission. He has designed and implemented communications strategies for significant global events, including the negotiation and adoption of UN treaties banning cluster munitions and regulating the international arms trade. He has worked at Amnesty since 2011, where he rose to Deputy Head of News and Media before joining the Crisis Response team in July 2017, where he coordinates the organization’s rapid-response reporting on armed conflicts and grave human rights crises around the world.
Guest Speaker - Will McInerney
Gates Cambridge Scholar, Ph.D University of Cambridge, Queens' College.
William McInerney is a Gates Cambridge Scholar, Rotary Global Grant Scholar, and Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, Queens' College. William serves as the Co-Chair of the Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group and the Gates Cambridge Peacebuilding Network where his research explores the nexus of critical masculinities, creative expression, and conflict transformation. His work and art have been featured in media outlets, at universities, and on stages across the U.S. and around the world. William is a Beacon of Light Award-winner, National Poetry Slam Finalist, Southern Poetry Slam Champion, and Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassador. He is also a proud University of Bradford Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni.