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2020 Instructors

Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak co-founded Jonah Counselling & Wellbeing, a Winnipeg organization dedicated to non-oppressive helping work.  She works as a Counselling/Family Therapist and community development consultant. Kelly has been profoundly shaped by the Christian peace tradition, and hopes to be a peace-builder in every sphere of life. Her home community is St. Eustache, MB, and she has lived in the North End of Winnipeg for over 20 years. 



David Brubaker

David Brubaker is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professions at Eastern Mennonite University. He has 33 years of experience in workplace mediation and training and in organizational and congregational consulting. David has consulted and trained with organizations throughout the U.S. and in a dozen international settings including Northern Ireland, Mozambique, Angola, Nepal, Myanmar, Egypt and Jordan. He is the author of numerous articles on conflict transformation and of “Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations” (published by The Alban Institute) and co-author of “The Little Book of Healthy Organizations (Good Books). David earned a BS in business administration from Messiah College, an MBA from Eastern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona specializing in religion and organizations.


William Cavanaugh

William T. Cavanaugh is Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University.  His degrees are from the universities of Notre Dame, Cambridge, and Duke.  He is the author of seven books, including The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford U.P., 2009) and Field Hospital: The Church's Engagement with a Wounded World (Eerdmans, 2016), and is the editor of four more. He has lectured on six continents, and his writings have been published in twelve languages.


Rauna Kuokkanen

Rauna Kuokkanen is Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Toronto (2008-2018). Her main areas of research include comparative Indigenous politics, Indigenous feminist theory, Indigenous women’s rights and Arctic Indigenous governance and legal and political traditions.

Rauna’s newly released book Restructuring Relations: Indigenous Self-Determination, Governance and Gender by Oxford University Press is an Indigenous feminist investigation of the theory and practice of Indigenous self-determination, governance and gender regimes in Indigenous political institutions.

Her other books include Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (UBC Press, 2007) and Boaris dego eana: Eamiálbmogiid diehtu, filosofiijat ja dutkan (translated title: As Old as the Earth. Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research, Čálliidlágádus, Sámi Academica Series, 2009).  She was the founding chair of the Sámi Youth Organization in Finland and has served as the Vice-President of the Sámi Council. She has also long worked and advocated for the protection of Sámi sacred sites, particularly Suttesája, a sacred Sámi spring in Northern Finland. Rauna was recently appointed as the Chair of the Arctic Program Committee of NordForsk. She is from Ohcejohka/Utsjoki, Sápmi (Finland).


Joy Meeker

Joy Meeker serves as Lead of the Peace and Justice Specialization within Saybrook University’s Transformative Social Change Program. She teaches courses including ethics, conflict resolution, and gender and society. She has taught peace studies and conflict resolution for the past two decades at institutions including Syracuse University (NY), Colgate University (NY), Northland College (WI), and Sonoma State University (CA). Transdiscplinary in training and practice, she has also taught within psychology, environmental studies, gender studies, and sociology departments. Joy has a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame in Peace Studies where she was an international fellow, and a PhD from the California Institute for Integral Studies in Transformative Learning and Change. A scholar practitioner, Joy has also been a conflict practitioner for two decades, including founding and coordinating several campus mediation centers. She has a rich conflict training experience and has trained hundreds of university and high school students in mediation, nonviolence, diversity, and sexual harassment prevention. She also serves as a nonviolence trainer for people who are incarcerated.


Niiganwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and Professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues nationally on CTV, CBC, and APTN and internationally in The Guardian and Al-Jazeera America. His written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Free Press, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013) and The Winter We Danced: The Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (Arbeiter Ring, 2014). He is also the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.


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