Polly O. Walker is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She is director of Partners in Peacebuilding, a private consulting organization based in Brisbane, Australia, and lectures widely on intercultural conflict resolution. Previously awarded the University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Women, she conducted research on the role of memorial ceremonies in transforming conflict involving Indigenous and Settler peoples in the United States and Australia. She has been a contributing author in three books: Mediating Across Difference: Indigenous, Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution (2010), Transforming Mediation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Building Peace (2009), and Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior: Key Concepts, Skills and Best Practices (2007). She has also published articles in a broad range of international journals, and contributed chapters to several texts on conflict transformation. She is vice-chair of the Indigenous Education Institute, a research and practice institute created for the preservation and contemporary application of Indigenous traditional knowledge. Walker is of Cherokee and Settler descent and grew up in the traditional country of the Mescalero Apache.
Acting Together I: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict|
Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence
Courageous artists working in conflict regions describe exemplary peacebuilding performances and groundbreaking theory on performance for transformation of violence.