Bringing the Lessons Home:
The Power of Dialogue, Locally and Globally

Sunday, June 11 • 3:00-4:30pm
Amherst Women’s Club 
35 Triangle St • Amherst, MA 01002

Please join us in-person for an inspiring look at the power of dialogue in action—locally and globally—and help support this work!

We are excited to have Seth Karamage—a Karuna dialogue expert, trainer, and Board member with over 10 years’ experience in community peacebuilding—as a special guest. Seth will be visiting from Rwanda, to share insights from his role leading Karuna’s dialogue work in Rwanda and Nigeria (in the Protecting Our Communities Initiative).

From closer to home, we will welcome Sam Camera, an Assistant Principal at Amherst Regional High School, and a core participant in a new Karuna Center project (BRAVE Schools) working with middle and high schools here in Western MA to stop the spread of violence and hate, and deepen their work with restorative practices.

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On May 4, 2023 (in-person in Washington, D.C. and also virtually), we led a panel on effective uses of dialogue at Alliance for Peacebuilding’s PeaceCon 2023: Beyond Fragile Ground. Panelists included Karuna Center director Polly Byers and Board member Seth Karamage; our colleague Dr. Fatima Akilu, director of Neem Foundation; Liz Hume, director of the Alliance for Peacebuilding; and our colleague Dr. Linda Tropp of the UMass-Amherst Psychology of Peace and Violence Program.

We are proud to co-sponsor:

A Night Out for Ukraine
An evening of education, celebration, and giving

Program details

Sunday, March 264:00-9:30pm, Edwards Church, Northampton, MA

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Parent/guardian info night:

How are youth lured into hate online?

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Thank you to those who attended!

A high resolution recording of the training will be available soon.

• How do extremist groups recruit youth online, on gaming platforms and social media? • How do I recognize violent extremism and what can be done to prevent and respond to it? • What can I do if a loved one is radicalized into a violent mentality promoting hatred?

The info session includes these BRAVE Schools resource people:

Tony McAleer

Tony McAleer is the author of The Cure for Hate and an international speaker who strives to educate individuals, families, communities, law enforcement, and governments that are struggling to grapple with white supremacist movements. Drawing upon his own journey of leaving a hate-based movement, Tony co-founded the not-for-profit Life After Hate, which helps other people leave white supremacist movements behind.

Robert Örell

Robert Örell has more than two decades of experience in the field of disengagement, rehabilitation, and reintegration of violent extremists in Europe and the United States. His recent work focuses on setting up exit programs for people in hate or extremist groups (drawing upon his experience as a former member in his youth), advising on policy guidelines and recommendations, online counseling, and understanding radicalization in online gaming communities.

Radical Compassion:
Overcoming Hate and Building Understanding

A conversation with Loretta Ross, Tony McAleer, and Robert Örell

Monday, March 20, 2023 – 7:30PM
Edwards Church: 297 Main St, Northampton, MA

Through the lens of the speakers’ lived experiences, we learn about the current context of hate groups and ideologies that promote hatred; understanding the factors that lead people to join violent extremist groups; and the place of radical compassion in confronting the spread of hate in our communities.

National Conference on Farmer-Herder Relations in Nigeria

August 10, 2022
9:30am – 2:00 pm West Africa Time (WAT)
In-person in Abuja; or attend virtually

Over the past three years, Karuna Center has collaborated with Neem Foundation on the Protecting Our Communities Initiative, designed to tackle the drivers of farmer-herder clashes in Nigeria. The joint program has established a range of community-based processes to resolve and prevent conflict and improve civilian security. 

To promote and sustain peace in Nigeria, the Nigerian government’s Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Neem Foundation, and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding have jointly embarked on a strategic partnership aimed at consolidating and solidifying these gains made on farmer-herder relations. To this end, we held a National Conference on Farmer-Herder Relations in Nigeria in Abuja. The objective of the conference was to bring together both governmental and developmental sector experts, share lessons learnt on farmer-herder relations, review successes and profit from other African partners’ experience.

Karuna Connectors

Karuna Connectors is a drop-in group, open to everyone, that meets (on Zoom) to connect & learn about transformative, nonviolent solutions to conflict in communities worldwide. These events are without obligation, but with opportunities to learn about and support our peacebuilding projects. 

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Erasure and Restoration: An Exploration of Past and Present in the Kwinitekw Valley’s Indigenous Communities

2020 was the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing in Wampanoag territory in 1620. Through events and working groups facilitated by Native people and non-Native allies, this series worked to analyze the meaning and process of relationship-building, reconciliation, land caretaking, memory, and inclusive curricula that explore Native histories, cultures, and lived experiences.

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Building Community Across Divides: Lessons from Far and Near

What can we learn from peace workers around the world who are using dialogue, mediation, and other community-based approaches to heal divides and interrupt cycles of violence?

Drawing on Karuna Center’s partnerships in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Nigeria, as well as promising efforts in the US, this virtual talk & discussion series highlighted creative, innovative, and successful responses to conflict that are building community and supporting lasting peace.

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