Faculty and Staff:
Professor and Chair
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
EdD, University of Massachusetts
MA, Antioch University
BA, University of California, Berkeley
John has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for 25 years — a timespan he finds hard to grasp. John started the Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs at SIT, which over the years have brought together future leaders from communities — in locations such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Iraq, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Liberia, and Burma — facing conflict to dialogue about issues and conflicts they have inherited.
John has lived, taught, and facilitated conflict resolution in Cyprus, Israel, Venezuela, and Spain and has led youth leadership training programs in Northern Uganda, Ireland, and Iraq.
John founded the Child Labor Education and Action project, or CLEA, which enabled Vermont teens to learn about and take action to address the global issue of oppressive child labor. CLEA participants wrote and lobbied successfully for state legislation creating a Vermont government sweat-free purchasing policy. He edited a book on this project, entitled Challenging Child Labor.
He has authored articles that address youth, peacebuilding, dialogue, and empowerment programs and music in peace culture, including “Structured Youth Dialogue to Empower Peacebuilding and Leadership,” in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, v. 29, #4, summer, 2012.
John and his wife, Elizabeth, have two pretty grown-up sons, Jacob (the musician) and Isaiah (the jock). He wrote and has performed around New England his original “co-opera” about global warming, Secret of the Seasons. He performed a song from the show as a TED talk. John still plays guitar and sings, sometimes in class, and can be fanatic about skate skiing, tennis, and eating or cooking international food.