News Release: Events, International, Politics, Religion and Ethics

May 19,  2011

Religion, Local Peacebuilding to be Focus of Emory Conference

News Article ImageKiran Bedi

Indian social activist Kiran Bedi will give a public talk on “Contemporary Issues and Practical Solutions” as part of Emory University’s second "Conference on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding" at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1660 N. Decatur Rd.

Tickets to Bedi’s talk are $10 and available through the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050 or  

About the Conference

Bedi’s talk is part of Emory’s second Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Conference June 17-19, which will feature about 30 presenters from a variety of locales and disciplines, and focus on applications and practices within special local and global contexts. Bedi also will serve as the welcome and keynote speaker at the conference opening session June 17.  Plenary speakers are from the United States and abroad and include:

  • Betty Bigombe, peace negotiator and former member of the Ugandan parliament;
  • Yehuda Stolov, executive director, Interfaith Encounter Association, Jerusalam;
  • Malinda B. Joss, executive director of the Women and Children Development Association of Liberia;
  • Mama Tumeh Sieh, leader of Traditional Women for Peace and Carter Center affiliate in Liberia;
  • The Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, civil rights activist and distinguished senior scholar in residence, Candler School of Theology, Emory; and
  • Douglas Shipman, chief executive officer, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta.

Preregistration is highly recommended, but on-site is available. See home page for registration, pricing structures and discounts: All conference sessions, except for the Bedi talk, will be held in the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd., Atlanta 30322.

About Kiran Bedi

Bedi, a retired Indian Police Service Officer (IPS) was the first woman to join the force in 1972 and served as Police Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Since her retirement she has founded two non-profit organizations: Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which seek to improve the lives of Indians through education, addiction treatment and programs for women and children living in India’s slums, rural areas and prisons.

She has won numerous international awards for her courageous work in Indian prison and justice reform, including the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar, also known as the Asian Nobel Prize. She has been the host of a popular Indian TV reality show, and the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary on her life, “Yes, Madam Sir,” narrated by Helen Mirren.


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