John Paul Lederach

2019 Recipient

John Paul LederachJohn Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is the 2019 winner of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. A Senior Fellow at Humanity United, Lederach works extensively as a practitioner in conciliation processes, active in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast and Central Asia.

Lederach is widely known for the development of culturally appropriate approaches to conflict transformation and the design and implementation of integrative and strategic approaches to peacebuilding. He served as the director of the Peace Accord Matrix research initiative at the Kroc Institute and is active as a member of the Advisory Council for the recently formed Truth Commission in Colombia.

Lederach is author and editor of 24 books and manuals, including "Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies" (US Institute of Peace Press) and "The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace" (Oxford University Press).

Lederach was in residence Oct. 29–31, 2019. The Gittler award presentation and lecture was held Oct. 30, 2019.


October 29

The Challenges and Opportunities of Being a Peacebuilder: An open class session of Deconstructing War, Building Peace

12:30 PM
October 29

Contemplation, Creativity and Imagination in Building Peace: An open, interactive session of CAST 150b with John Paul Lederach

2:30 PM
October 30

The Evolution of Conflict Transformation with John Paul Lederach: An open event with John Paul Lederach at the Heller School

12 PM
October 30

Dispatches from Nowhere Near the Promised Land: How a Peacebuilder Unlearned his Trade

4:30 PM


John Paul Lederach wearing the Gittler Prize medal speaking at a podium

"Dispatches from Nowhere Near the Promised Land: How a Peacebuilder Unlearned His Trade," Oct. 30, 2019

Toni Shapiro-Phim and John Paul Lederach seated at a table

John Paul Lederach in conversation with Toni Shapiro-Phim, Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, October 30, 2019

“Peacebuilding is not primarily a labor of social engineering; it is an artistic process that must, over and again, open up what is known but not seen, and bring into life that which does not yet exist.”

John Paul Lederach

From his lecture, "Dispatches from Nowhere Near the Promised Land: How a Peacebuilder Unlearned his Trade"