Big Ideas Fest Speakers
Dr. John Ungerleider is a professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. John founded and co-directs the SIT Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs for teens from communities in conflict around the world, which have now served over 9,000 young people since 1990 -- recent groups include Iraq, Pakistan/India, Burma, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Liberia, Yemen, Bangladesh, UK, and Mexico. He has trained youth program leaders in Israel/Palestine, Uganda, Cyprus, Ireland, and Turkey. He started the Vermont Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism, as well as the Child Labor Education and Action (CLEA) project for Vermont teens to work locally and globally against oppressive child labor. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar he facilitated conflict resolution activities in Cyprus and has been a visiting professor in Spain and Venezuela, as well as at Brandeis and Hampshire College. John wrote and performs a participatory musical "co-opera" about global warming: Secret of the Seasons.