Center for Nonviolent Solutions Annual Meeting
Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00 PM
The evening includes a brief review of our 2020 programs and a presentation by Paula Green and Gwen Johnson on Hands Across the Hills: US Dialogues in an Era of Polarization a highly recognized residential program of dialogue and cultural exchange engaging progressives from Western Massachusetts with conservatives from Eastern Kentucky coal country.
Paula Green – is Professor Emerita at the School of International Training and a pioneer in the field of peacebuilding. Over the past several decades, she has developed and facilitated international conflict transformation programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. In 1994, she established the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding from which she led multi-year interventions in dozens of the world’s most intractable conflicts. She later launched Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, an internationally acclaimed program for aspiring peacebuilders. Following the election of Donald Trump in 2016, Ms. Green brought her peacebuilding expertise to divided communities within the US. https://www.paulagreen.net/
Gwen Johnson – is founder of Black Sheep Bakery and Catering and board member of Hemphill Community Center. A self-described hillbilly woman from the coal camp of Hemphill, Kentucky, she has been a member of Hands Across the Hills since its founding 2017. Gwen is the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners. She graduated from high school unable to read beyond a second-grade level; she learned to read while reading to her children and went to college the same year her oldest daughter did, receiving a BS at the University of Pikeville and an MA at Goddard College in health arts and sciences. She has worked as an administrator in the University of Kentucky’s Early Childhood Development program since 2003.