2016: The FOR Centennial Conference at Seabeck
58th Annual Seabeck Conference/
Fellowship of Reconciliation USA Centennial Celebration
“Persevering FOR Peace”
July 1-4, 2016
Mark Your Calendar!
The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) USA, Oregon FOR, and Western Washington FOR invite you to participate in a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the United States. Our conference will have nationally known keynote speakers as well as numerous workshop options for those interested in gathering to discuss current peace and justice concerns in our local communities, the nation, and the world. Our 2016 keynote speakers will include:
Jamila Raqib has been the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution since 2005 and is a Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She works closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action. Jamila joined the Albert Einstein Institution in 2002, focusing on the promotion and distribution of writings and translations, on the technique of nonviolent struggle and its potential in acute conflicts worldwide. Her work involved consulting with translators to develop terminology for accurate dissemination of understanding about strategic nonviolent struggle in numerous languages. As the Institution’s Executive Director, she responds to inquiries from individuals and groups around the world, facilitates access to material through online and print dissemination, provides editorial assistance to Dr. Sharp, coordinates numerous publication agreements with international publishers, and speaks with members of the domestic and international media about the importance of tools and resources on nonviolent struggle for social and political movements. In 2009, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to create a new curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression. Jamila is fluent in Pashto and has knowledge of Dari. See Jamila’s presentation to the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum.
Erica Chenoweth is an internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives. Her path-breaking research on the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance has earned her numerous distinctions for “proving Gandhi right.” Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. As Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Chenoweth is author or editor of three books and dozens of scholarly articles. With Maria Stephan, she won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding proposals for creating a more just and peaceful world order, for their book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The book also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award given annually by the American Political Science Association to the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. in the previous year. She is currently the co-chair of the Academic Advisory Board at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. See Erica's TED Talk.
We are also conducting a special outreach to youth and young adults to participate in the 2016 conference. Our goal is to provide scholarship assistance to support participation. Current plans call for shared plenary and workshop offerings as well as opportunities for individual peace fellowship gatherings. We will have the capacity to house peace fellowship groups together in dedicated housing on the Seabeck campus.
Conference Costs: Though we won't know for certain until we have made arrangements with the Seabeck Conference for the 2016 Conference, at the time that this page was posted (6/12/2015), these were the current conference fees: The registration fee is $75. Room & board costs for adults range from $180 - $225 for three nights of accommodations. There is no registration fee for children/youth. Room & board costs range for children/youth range from $88 - $218. Tuition discounts and/or scholarships for individuals and families living on a low income are available upon request.
You will find the latest developments about next year's conference here. Please bookmark it for future reference. Now that the 2015 Seabeck Conference is over, the website will be redesigned to reflect the most up-to-date information that we have. In the meantime, please explore the website using the menu above to find detailed information about the Seabeck Conference Center and the FOR Seabeck Confrence schedule (which is typical of all the conferences).
In the next few days we will begin to post documents from the 2015 Seabeck Conference to the Archives section. You will be able to download materials and audio-viuals that were used in various workshops. If you have never attended an FOR Seabeck Conference, these materials will help you get an idea of what the conferences are all about.
We hope to see you next year!