John Paul Lederach Wins Niwano Peace Award, Credits His Community College Education with Starting His Career

Peacebuilding practitioner John Paul Lederach has won the Niwano Peace Award. Lederach was selected for the award through a nomination process comprised of about 600 people and organizations representing 125 countries and many religions. He will be honored with the award in a presentation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, on May 8.

Over the years, Lederach has cited his experiences at Hesston College, a 2-year college in Kansas, as launching his career and influencing his perspectives. Hesston issued a press release announcing the awarding including publishing the chapter in Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press 2013) where he shares his experience at the college.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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