Friday, April 12, 2013
7:00 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Peacebuilding Conference

Keynote Address — Storytelling: A Key to Peacebuilding Locally and Globally
Jody Olsen, former Peace Corps acting director who was involved in the creation of Knox’s Peace Corps Prep Program

Jody Olsen, now a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, started in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English and developed community health programs. She moved up the ranks to country director, then to regional director, and, in 1989, to chief of staff, a position she held for three years. In 2002, Olsen was tapped by the president to be deputy director of the Peace Corps. She served as acting director in 2009.

Outside of the Peace Corps, she has served as senior vice president at the Academy for Educational Development, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

A Utah native, Olsen received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in social work (with a specialization in community organization) from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Maryland’s College of Education.

A series of panel discussions on Saturday, April 13 will feature Knox College alumni and students serving in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps. Western Illinois residents who are former Peace Corps volunteers also will make a presentation about how their careers were influenced by the Peace Corps.

In addition, a two-hour workshop presented by Play for Peace will engage participants in peacebuilding exercises. The April 13 workshop will especially appeal to current and future educators. Space is limited for the free workshop, and registration is required.

Registration also is encouraged, but not required, for the entire conference. For more information, go to

This event is part of Earth Month 2013 and is free and open to the public.


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