Virtual Indigo Talk with Dr. Andrea Bartoli

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Join us virtually on Thursday, August 1, at 7 pm ET, for our first Indigo Talk of the year featuring Dr. Andrea Bartoli, President of the Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue as well as Executive Adviser of the Soka Institute for Global Solutions (SIGS) at Soka University of America (SUA). In his talk titled, “Opening Pathways to Peace: The Role of Dialogue in Times of Conflict,” Dr. Bartoli will examine the published dialogues between Daisaku Ikeda and thinkers such as Arnold Toynbee, Johan Galtung, and Joseph Rotblat, viewing them as models of peacebuilding dialogue. Through the lens of his own work and Ikeda’s consistent commitment to peace, Dr. Bartoli will explore the role and power of dialogue in these times of conflict.   

In addition to his SIGS and Sant’Egidio roles, Dr. Bartoli is a member of the Steering Group of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC), which is a state-led initiative on atrocity prevention presently chaired by the government of Argentina and supported by the governments of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ghana, Switzerland, and Tanzania along with key civil society organizations active in the field of atrocity prevention. He has also been a member of the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network (GPANet), an informal and international network of scholars and experts dedicated to providing analysis and risk assessments of the causes and consequences of genocide and mass atrocities to all interested parties, including the United Nations and governments, to prevent genocide and other mass atrocities. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4), a multidisciplinary research institute aimed at addressing challenges of complex global issues.

Formerly, Dr. Bartoli was the Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University; the Dean of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University; Founder and Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Conflict Resolution, among other academic appointments.

His international portfolio as a scholar-practitioner in peacemaking and conflict resolution spans over four decades and continents. He participated in the US State Department’s testimony on Religious Persecution Abroad before Congress and was a member of the Department of State’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. He has served as the Permanent Representative of the Community of Sant’Egidio to the United Nations and the United States (1992-2018). He has been involved in many successful diplomatic activities and peacemaking processes, including in Mozambique (1990–1992), Guatemala (1995), Algeria (1995), Kosovo (1998), Burundi (1999–2000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996–current), Casamance (1994–current), Central African Republic (2015–current), South Sudan (2017–current).

A highly collaborative scholar and an anthropologist from Rome, Dr. Bartoli completed his Italian dottorato di ricerca (Ph.D. equivalent) at the University of Milan and his laurea (BA-MA equivalent) at the University of Rome.

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