James Fenelon, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at CSUSB, will be one of the featured speakers at a virtual conference presented by the International Peace Research Association (IRPA) in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace on Monday, Sept. 21.

Fenelon will speak on the panel, “The Roots of Our Resistance: Indigenous Peacemaking and the Current Crisis,” set for 3-4 p.m. Pacific Time, on Monday, Sept. 21. Advance registration is required, and can be done at the PJSA September Conference 2020 webpage. While the event is free, donations will be accepted.

The event is a joint effort between the International Peace Research Association and the Peace and Justice Association (PJSA). It will feature leading indigenous scholars from throughout the world, and spotlight ancient practices in the context of their contemporary relevance and urgency.

Joining Fenelon will be Kelli Te Maiharoa, New Zealand-based former IPRA executive member and member of the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association; Matt Mogekwu, former IPRA executive member and co-founder of the Africa Peace Research and Education Association; and Adriana Anacona Munoz, Colombia-based representative of the Latin American Council on Peace Research (CLAIP).

The program will also include Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) 2019 Peace Educator Award recipient Niigaanwewidem James Sinclair and Next Generation Peacemaker Award recipient Sarah Fontaine-Sinclair, and will be moderated by IPRA Secretary-General Matt Meyer, PJSA’s liaison to IPRA Polly Walker, with translation/interpretation by CLAIP representative Marcela Agudelo.