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An Interactive Workshop: Is Peace Possible in the 21st Century?

Dr. Ann Kelleher. Photo by Rajah Bose.

Dr. Ann Kelleher. Photo by Rajah Bose.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, an interactive workshop,World Politics in the Twenty-first Century – Is Peace Possible?, will be presented by Dr. Ann Kelleher, an author and senior researcher and educator for The Junction, a peace organization in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The workshop addresses these issues, including the mix of long-term trends and chronic issues impacting specific world regions, among them the legacies of colonialism, including arbitrarily drawing state borders without regard for local identities or interests; declining quality of life and standards of living; autocratic rule often accompanied by cronyism and denial of human rights; and an erosion of the natural environment’s capacity.

“A common perception at the end of the Cold War assumed that a `new world order’ would ensue, allowing a peaceful engagement among world powers,” says Dr. Kelleher. “Yet while world large-scale interstate wars have diminished, intrastate wars have escalated to the point where we now talk about failing and failed states. So what happened to the hope for a more peaceful world?”

The workshop, part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington’s new Global Perspective Event Series, will offer a local approach to learning about global issues.

“Focusing on how people in a specific location and circumstances experience the effects of worldwide trends and related issues can provide an effective way to learn about why international events happen,” says Dr. Kelleher. “Such an approach also can broaden our perspective on the global issues we all face.”

At the 10:30 worship service on Oct. 4, Dr. Kelleher will speak about The Paradoxical Role of the United Nations. “The UN is a group of sovereign states. It cannot be looked to as a policy-making body,” she says. “It is, however, a moral body at its base, so it must keep presenting itself as a force for peace in the world.”

Pre-registration for the workshop can be made to the office either by phone (631-427-9547) or email ( There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door. Refreshments will be served. This event is made possible by the generous bequest of long-time UUFH member Johanna Van Roy in living memory of her son Peter. For more information, please contact Liza Burby at 631-673-4082.

Services and Religious Education are held each Sunday at 10:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, 109 Browns Road. For more information, visit or call 631-427-9547.

Who Is Dr. Ann Kelleher?

Currently Dr. Ann Kelleher serves as a Senior Researcher and Educator for The Junction, a peace organization in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. In this capacity she has completed a book manuscript to be published this year, Pioneering Peacebuilder: A History of Holywell Trust. Previously, Dr. Kelleher taught several courses in the field of International Studies and held various administrative positions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA over a 31-year period. She ended her formal career as Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, holding that position for over seven years.

Listed as subfields within international studies, her areas of expertise cover world politics, international development, war and peacemaking, plus most recently, peacebuilding. Dr. Kelleher’s scholarship includes articles in academic journals, more recently as peacebuilding case studies, and books: Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding International Issues and Norway’s Peace Policy: Soft Power in a Turbulent World. In 2000-01 Dr. Kelleher taught at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey funded by the Fulbright Program.

Dr. Kelleher’s practical international experience involves designing, negotiating and administering overseas programs in Jamaica, Ecuador, Thailand, Egypt, Namibia, Norway, and Northern Ireland. She has researched in and published about issues in Thailand, Namibia, Turkey, Macedonia, Norway and Northern Ireland, as well as engaged in research/writing about Sudan and Central America.

In considering public education as part of her responsibility as an educator throughout her career, Dr. Kelleher has offered talks and mini-courses on international topics in various venues including, most recently, at the University of the Third Age in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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