Meet Our Speakers!

by Jessica Barker

Today, we are thrilled to introduce our final speaker, Patricia McFadden!


Patricia is an African feminist, sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher from Swaziland. She has worked in the anti-apartheid movement for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Botswana and Swaziland where she studied politics and administration, with minors in economics and sociology. She then continued her education, and earned her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam as well as her PhD from Warwick University. Her research focuses on gender in southern Africa, racism, sexuality, and AIDS. She has been teaching at universities since 1975 and is the former director of the Feminist Studies Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is also the former editor of the Southern African Feminist Review and of African Feminist Perspectives. She currently works at the SAPES Trust, a civic research foundation in Zimbabwe.
If you would like to learn more about Patricia and her empowering work watch the following video: Interview with Professor Patricia McFadden, Swaziland

Patricia will close this year’s International Perspectives Conference with her talk titled “Feminism in the African Contemporary Moment: Social and Political Imperatives.” Her talk will take place on Saturday October 6th at 11am in Wanamaker! We hope to see you there!





Meet Our Speakers!

by Jessica Barker

This year’s International Perspectives Conference is just days away, and so the time has come to introduce another one of our speakers. Today, we are happy to introduce Killian Stokes!


Killian has worked for more than 20 years in telecoms and NGO sectors all across Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Killian’s practical work as a global social entrepreneur focuses on social justice and reformation of economic models, engaging directly with farmers and local communities in Africa as full partners. For over a decade, Killian has worked as a consultant for philanthropic organizations and as an active fundraiser. His goal is to transform a key component of international trade for African nations. So far, he has helped raise €8m for good causes. He has also focused on overcoming climate change and poverty through the power of business, shared values, and sustainable trade. Mr. Stokes lectures in business and global development at University College of Dublin.
If you would like to learn more about Killian, we encourage you to watch this video about his work: Springboard Graduate Killian Stokes, UCD

Killian will be giving his talk titled “LIMITLESS” at 1PM on Friday October 5th in Wanamaker!





Meet Our Speakers!

by Jessica Barker

This week we are thrilled to introduce the Keynote Speaker for this year’s International Perspectives Conference, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sulaiman Khatib!


Sulaiman was born and raised in the village of Hizme, northeast of Jerusalem. Growing up, Sulaiman and his family were severely impacted by the ongoing conflict between the Israelites and Palestinians. As a result, he decided that he wanted to make a difference. Unfortunately, he didn’t see any other option but to join, informally, the “Fatah” movement, which participated in violent protests against Israeli soldiers. At just 14 years old, Sulaiman threw stones, wrote graffiti on public buildings, and prepared Molotov cocktails. At one point, he and a friend decided to steal weapons from the Israeli soldiers, stabbing two Israelis in the process; this resulted in Sulaiman being sentenced to 15-18 years in jail. During his imprisonment, he watched Schindler’s List which changed his life forever and reconstructed his world view. He began to see the Israeli soldiers as human beings who were suffering as well, and he discovered that the only enemy he needed to face was hatred and fear. After he was released from 10 years in prison, he and some friends established an organization that fought the conflict through peaceful means. He is, among other initiates, co-founder of the Combatants for Peace, a grassroots nonviolence movement in Israel and Palestine.
If you would like to learn more about Sulaiman, you can visit the Combatants for Peace Website: Combatants for Peace | Suliman al-Khatib

Sulaiman will give his talk titled “Transformation from Enemy to Friend—A Personal Journey” on Thursday October 4th at 7:30 PM in Wanamaker Hall!
We hope to see you there!





Meet Our Speakers!

by Jessica Barker

With this year’s International Perspectives Conference a little under three weeks away, the time has come to introduce another one of our speakers! This week, we are happy to introduce Selina Leem!


Selina is an islander from the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She graduated from the UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany. Before moving to Germany for her education, Selina spent much of her life in her home, Majuro, which is the capital of the Marshall Islands. Growing up, her grandfather told her stories about how climate change would soon cause her island to flood. Later on, while in Germany, Selina took on the role of becoming an advocate for the fight against climate change in her country. She was the youngest delegate at the 2015 COP21 in Paris, where she managed to bring a wider awareness to the effects of climate change on her islands. She currently works at the United World Colleges Changshu, China as an International Educator Intern. If you would like to learn more about Selina and the wonderful work she is doing, you can watch this informative video: Selina Leem |This is our land | Marshall IslandThe people who call the low lying Marshall Islands home see the impacts of climate change at their front door: more intense storms, higher tides, and surging water …

Selina will be speaking on Friday October 5th at 7:30 pm!





Meet Our Speakers!

by Jessica Barker

With this year’s International Perspectives Conference quickly approaching, the time has come to begin introducing our incredible lineup of speakers. Over the next few weeks, we will publish a series of blogs focused on these five individuals, all of whom truly embody the spirit of this year’s conference.
This week, we are excited to introduce our EMC speaker, Mark McCurties! On Friday October 5th, Mark will be giving a talk titled “Making Meaningful Change: How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and The World.”


Here is a bit of information about Mark:
When he was a young child, Mark McCurties developed a deep love and passion for the Bible. Throughout his life, Mark has had several different experiences in the field of education as a summer camp director, outdoor educator, athletics coach and resident counselor. In 2010, Mark decided to focus his life solely on studying and sharing Christian Science with the world. Mark McCurties is currently located in Ann Arbor Michigan as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
If you would like to learn more about Mark, you can visit his page at Christianscience.com: Christian Science Lecturer: Mark McCurties
We are certain that Mark’s talk will inspire and bless our entire campus!


Let’s Talk: What Does it Mean to Be LIMITLESS?

by Marie Sherman

What does it mean to be limitless? What are ways you’ve placed limits on yourself or others? What are some world beliefs that limit people? How would your life and choices be different if you felt that you were unlimited? These were some of the questions that prompted discussion during IPC’s Let’s Talk event, held on Friday, March 9th. The purpose of Let’s Talk discussions, which were created by Friendship Around the World are to bring members of Principia’s community together to share diverse ideas on a topic. This Let’s Talk was sponsored by IPC and centered on the theme for this year’s conference: Limitless.

Attendees were given small table groups to sit in and discuss questions connected to the Limitless theme along with members of the IPC executive board. After a few minutes of discussion at each table, attendees were invited to rotate to the next table with another set of questions and new people.

Anna-Zoë Herr, former IPC director, was the MC for the event. She prompted the room with reflection questions before the group discussions began, and gathered everyone together at the end in a circle to share what they were going to take away from the discussion.

One of the best features of the event was the giant table of international snacks ranging from German chocolate, Russian cookies, Baklava, Pilipino chips, Japanese jello and everything in between.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to kick off IPC 2018. Stay tuned for more fun events to come in the fall!