Knowledge Against Violence Speaker Series

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Knowledge Against Violence speaker series provides timely research and analysis for an informed audience from leading violence experts.

Guest speakers, drawn from the Foundation’s network of scholars and practitioners, seek to illuminate the causes, manifestations, and responses to violence in areas such as war, crime, terrorism, intimate relationships, climate instability, and political extremism. 

The 90-minute events are open to the public.

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Announcing the Spring Speaker Series

The Foundation’s 2024 Knowledge Against Violence speaker series begins this spring with two conversations:

“Local or Global? The Future of Peacebuilding in Africa”

On May 2, the academic and practitioner worlds converge in this sit-down conversation between Séverine Autesserre, Chair of Political Science at Barnard College, and João Honwana, Former Director of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs of the UN. They’ll discuss the tensions that often exist between the international peacebuilding agenda set by the United Nations and the local implementation realities.

Register for virtual or in-person attendance here.

“Conflict and Climate: How Global Warming Leads to Global Violence”

On March 21, three academics examined the complex relationship between conflict and climate at HFG’s first speaker series event of 2024. They discussed how climate intersects with other vulnerabilities and how these factors contribute to violence often attributed to climate change.

Watch the video recording here.

Global Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence Series

In the fall of 2023, the Foundation hosted the “Global Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence” series. Conversations featured practitioners and HFG grantees connecting the latest research to practices and policies aimed at understanding and addressing gender-based violence. Videos of the series can be found below. Learn more about the series here.



“Protectors or Predators: Understanding Urban Gang Violence Around the World” Panel

Nicholas Barnes is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, David C. Brotherton is Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Adeem Suhail is an assistant professor in social anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College, and Rosette Sifa Vuninga is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for the Humanities Research.

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“Rising Violent Crime in Mexico” Panel

Angélica Durán-Martínez is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Studies PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Guillermo Trejo is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Violence and Transitional Justice Lab at the University of Notre Dame. Javier Osorio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Arizona.

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“Why We Fight”: Dr. Chris Blattman

Dr. Chris Blattman is the author of Why We Fight: The Roots of War and Paths to Peace and Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago, in Harris Public Policy and The Pearson Institute.

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