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Peacebuilder's Conference 2020

Peacebuilder’s 2020 is no ordinary online event...
peacebuilder's conference 2020

Join University of Notre Dame Associate Professor for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding David Anderson Hooker for a discussion about how the arts can help heal generational trauma and shape new beginnings in line with the theme Healing Our Stories.

We’ll consider your stories and the stories of your ancestors, and will look into how you can build on the legacies you have inherited to lead change.

This free conference also includes a LIVE PERFORMANCE by Australian X Factor winner, 2017 Australian Eurovision representative and Masked Singer contestant Isaiah Firebrace.

With all that and more (including creative presentations by Trinity College staff and students), the Peacebuilder’s

Conference promises to be the best lunchbreak you’ll take in 2020!


Date: Thursday 24 September 2020

Time: 12.30– 2pm

Venue: Online Zoom conference (the Zoom link will be sent to participants the week of the conference)

BookingsRegister here

RSVP: Monday 21 September 2020 

Enquiries: Heather Cetrangolo, Pathways School Chaplain | | 0434 752 372


About our guests:

David Anderson Hooker

David is Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the KROC Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. David has worked with communities, governments, and international NGOs and civil society organisations on post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice.

David has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the United States and around the world. He is a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an Assistant Attorney General. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.  

From 2010–15, David was a Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He is President and Principal Consultant of CounterStories Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community and faith leaders. 

Isaiah Firebrace

Hailing from the banks of the Murray River just outside Melbourne, Isaiah first stepped into the spotlight in 2016 when he was crowned winner of the eighth season of The X Factor Australia. Since then he’s grabbed global attention for his #1 single ‘It’s Gotta Be You’, which is now certified Platinum in Australia, 2 X Platinum in Sweden, Gold in Norway and Gold in Denmark. 

In 2017 Isaiah performed in the Eurovision Song Contest grand final with his single ‘Don’t Come Easy’, toured nationally with his friend and mentor Jessica Mauboy, and completed his first European press junket with stops across Scandinavia, the UK, Belgium and France.  

Isaiah’s music has been streamed over 200 million times worldwide. He will be joining Peacebuilder’s 2020 and singing his 2020 release ‘Spirit’ – a reflection on his journey as an Indigenous Australian artist.  

Danny Fahey

Actor, writer, poet, playwright and teacher, Danny has published novels, plays and poems for the past 40 years. He has also worked as an actor travelling around schools and neighbourhood houses across Victoria, performing shows both scripted and improvised.

Danny's teaching work has been in two distant phases: teaching drama to international students, and working with disadvantaged, homeless and incarcerated youth. He has worked closely with young people on the autistic spectrum as well as drug-dependent and long-term unemployed youth, using drama as a tool for developing self-awareness, group skills and problem solving.

Danny has used drama in many contexts to help students develop their own voices and to tell their own stories. He has performed street poetry and has taken his poetry into schools to explore ‘voice’ and the cathartic use of self-expression to cope with real-life experiences.

Heather Cetrangolo

Heather is the Pathways School Chaplain, working with Student Services at Trinity College. She is researching her PhD in Franciscan pedagogy for peacebuilding education through the University of Divinity.

Heather has a background in legal practice, disability support, school and university chaplaincy, and primary and secondary teaching, and was ordained in the Anglican Church in 2010. She is currently developing peacebuilding education programs in a range of contexts, including the Caux Scholars Program with Initiatives of Change, Switzerland.


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