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School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development OPENING CEREMONY

March 15, 2018 ( 4:00PM - 6:00PM )


As a celebration for the opening of our School, we are hosting a panel discussion titled Educating Future Leaders: Developing Peace and Inspiring Change to include notable thought-leaders in the three main pillars of our school—conflict management, peacebuilding, and development.

Our panel will be introduced by Dr. Kevin Avruch, Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and moderated by Dr. Timothy Hedeen, Kennesaw State University Ombuds and Conflict Management Professor. The panel will feature speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, including civil and human rights, disaster response, humanitarian relief, global health, the role of women in peace negotiations, and nonviolent resistance.


Lieutenant General Russel Honoré (Ret.) served as the 33rd Commanding General of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. He is widely known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina’s affected areas across the Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division's commander while stationed in South Korea.


Carla Koppell is the Vice President for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation at the United States Institute of Peace. She was previously the chief strategy officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, Koppell served as USAID’s first senior coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and as a senior advisor to the USAID Administrator.


Gary White is the CEO and co-founder of and and comes to us with a vast knowledge of social impact and water and sanitation innovations. In 2011, White was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people.


Dr. Kevin Avruch is the Dean of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. He also served on the original committee that approved our PhD in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.



Schedule and Location

Date:         Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time:         Panel discussion will be from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, followed by a question and answer session.

Location: Kennesaw State University’s Social Science Building’s Auditorium, room SO 1021



Address and Parking

Limited parking for the event will be available in the West Parking Deck, 3510 Campus Loop Rd NW Kennesaw, GA 30144. The Social Science Building is the first building at the top of the West Parking Deck. Overflow parking will be available at the First United Lutheran Church, 3481 Campus Loop Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144. This parking lot is at the bottom of the hill closest to the Social Science Building.


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A ticket is required to attend. Please reserve your FREE TICKET with a number of attendees by March 10, 2018 via


We are excited for the opening ceremony of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development and would be honored if you join us! Should you have any questions about the event, please contact us at or (470) 578-2379.

Event Location:
Kennesaw State University
Social Sciences Building
Bldg #402 , Room 1021

Directions and Parking:
Off-campus visitors should park in Visitor parking.