TRU’s Faculty of Arts invites the public to hear guest speaker Karen Ridd on Thursday (Jan. 24th) from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. She will be speaking about her travels abroad, specifically her participation in the 33rd Compassionate Listening Journey to the Heart of Israel and Palestine. The talk will take place in the Campus Activity Centre in the Lecture Hall at TRU (Thompson Rivers University). Karen’s biography follows immediately below, and the event link with all details follows.
Karen Ridd has been effectively using alternative teaching methodology while teaching in the Conflict Resolution Studies programme at MSC/The University of Winnipeg for the past 16 years. Karen is a mediator, facilitator, teacher and public speaker with over 25 years of experience as a conflict resolution practitioner. In the 1980s Karen worked as a human rights volunteer in war zones in Central America with Peace Brigades International. Her work there was recognized with the 1992 Governor-General’s Award: Government of Canada 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal, the 1990 Canada YM/YWCA Canada Peace Medal and the 1989 Manitoba International Human Rights Achievement Award. Most recently, Karen participated in the 33rd Compassionate Listening Journey to the Heart of Israel and Palestine. Karen is also an associate of Training for Change (Philadelphia) and Mediation Services (Winnipeg) and is working with Walls to Bridges – a programme that teaches University courses in Canadian prisons and jails, to a mix of “inside” students (people who are currently incarcerated) and “outside” students. Karen has worked extensively with communities in international settings, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia, Thailand, First Nations Territories, the United States and Colombia. More recently, Karen has been in demand (Dawson College Montreal, Queen’s College City University of New York) as a consultant on the effective use of participatory education in the University classroom. Karen’s passions include her family (husband Gord, sons Daniel and Ben), theatre (producing, directing and acting), and social justice.