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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