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Peacebuilding In The Modern World

Back, L-R: Dr. Kacper Gradon, Tushna Bhumgar, Timothy Champagne, Gabriela Escamilla, Alicia Sanchez, Congressman Charles Gonzalez, Dr. Emre Hatipgolu. Front, L-R: Dr. Sonya Manusyan, Dr. Damira Sikhimbayeva.

Recorded April 19, 2018, this symposium features a conversation about how we can all contribute to peacebuilding and gain insights into the challenges confronting today’s global community and finding collective solutions that promote and facilitate peace. Four Fulbright Scholars from Armenia, Turkey, Poland and Kazakhstan participated in a panel discussion at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg Sky Room on the evening of Thursday, April 19, moderated by former congressman Charlie Gonzalez. 


Dr. Sona Manusyan, Armenia

Dr. Manusyan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Personality Psychology at Yerevan State University in Armenia. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. Her research interests are in the philosophy of psychology, identity and agency, boundary work, and national subjectivity. 

Dr. Emre Hatipoglu, Turkey

Dr. Hatipoglu is Associate Professor at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul where he acted as the coordinator of International Studies (BA), Conflict Analysis and Resolution (MA) and European Studies (MA) programs. He is currently a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University. Dr. Hatipoglu obtained his Ph. D. in Political Science from Penn State University in 2010. His research interests include economic sanctions, energy politics, and social media and public opinion. 

Dr. Kacper Tomasz Gradon, Poland

Dr. Gradon is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw and the Director of the Center for Forensic & Investigative Sciences (University of Warsaw). He is also an Associate Visiting Professor at UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (since 2010) as well as the University College London Honorary Senior Research Associate.  Currently, he is a Visiting Fulbright Professor at University of Colorado Boulder (Institute of Behavioral Science, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence).


Dr. Damira Sikhimbayeva, Kazakhstan

Dr. Sikhimbayeva is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Political Science and Religion Studies, Department of Political Science in Kazakhstan. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Anthropology, Texas A & M University. Dr. Sikhimbayeva obtained her PhD in Political Science at Al Farabi Kazakh National University in 2014. Her research interests include the impact of religion on the modern world, interethnic relations, and ethno politics. 

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, citizen’s educational forum that meets monthly to discuss important foreign policy issues. The mission of the World Affairs Council is to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting a Distinguished Speaker lecture series, holding receptions, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs to area high schools and universities, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals. Meet ambassadors, authors, government officials, scholars, and entrepreneurs from around the world, and mingle with other global citizens like you, who are part of San Antonio’s growing international community.