Special Events

Opening Evening Reception

Come join us at an opening reception on Thursday, September 29 at Dawson College. This event will showcase multimedia exhibits and presentations which challenge us to reflect on the role of violence in our lives and the potential for nonviolence. This reception will be open to conference delegates, the Dawson community and special guests.

Details Obscurs: An Exhibit by Award-Winning Photojournalist Roger Lemoyne

Dawson’s Warren Flowers Gallery is hosting a retrospective of the work of award-winning Montreal photojournalist Roger Lemoyne. Mr. Lemoyne has worked in many of the world’s conflict zones – Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, among others. The exhibit, entitled Details Obscurs, presents images that are powerful and disturbing, but also at times lyrical and touching. (See more...)

A Variety of Multimedia Exhibits and Pedagogical Presentations

A variety of other exhibits and presentations will also be on display during the evening’s events between 4:00 and 8:00. (See more...)

Delegate Reception

Finally, between 5:00 and 7:00, we invite you to our Reception Hall to meet other conference speakers and delegates for some wine, hors d'oeuvres, and interesting conversation. All conference delegates will receive a free ticket for this event, while tickets are available through our conference registration site for anyone else who may be interested. You will also be able to pick up your registration packets during this evening’s events.

Montreal Film Premieres


Nominated Best Documentary by the African Academy Awards (2011)

Adam Mazo, Executive Producer and Director of the film, Coexist, will host a screening of his new documentary film on Friday, September 30 from 5:30-6:30 at the Hotel Le Centre Sheraton for conference delegates. This screening will be followed by a short discussion with Adam Mazo and Dr. Mishy Lesser, the Learning Director for Coexist. Both will also be holding a Saturday afternoon workshop to delve deeper into the film and their experiences in showing it to students from all levels.

The documentary film, Coexist tells the stories of trauma survivors searching for ways to coexist with their loved ones’ murderers. As killing continues in Rwanda today and the government forces citizens to consider reconciliation, the film examines the varied paths survivors choose when forced to face enemies and former enemies every day. (See more...)

Executive Producer and Director: Adam Mazo


Fambul Tok: A Documentary Film about the Power of Forgiveness

Winner: Best Documentary Fort Myers Film Festival,
Official Selection: Nashville Film Festival 2011,
Official Selection: Global Social Change Film Festival,
Official Selection: Grantee Sundance Film Institute

Libby Hoffman, the Executive Producer of the film, Fambul Tok and President of Fambul Tok International, will be hosting a preview of her film for conference delegates and the Montreal community on Saturday, October 1 from 5:30-7:30 at Dawson College. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with Ms. Hoffman, who has been active in peacebuilding for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, as a political science professor, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant, and funder. (See more...)

Fambul Tok tells the story of healing in post-conflict Sierra Leone through the intimate stories of perpetrators and victims, who come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building a sustainable peace at the grassroots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

Producer and Director: Sara Terry
Producer: Rory Kennedy
Producer and Executive Producer: Libby Hoffmann


Other Special Events

Dawson’s Professional Theatre Program is presenting Timberlake Wertenbaker’s powerful drama, The Love of the Nightingale, to complement the focus of this conference. The play is open to the public, with performances on Thursday and Friday, September 29th and 30th at 8:00 pm and on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Love of the Nightingale is a contemporary reworking of an ancient Greek legend, the story tells of the rape of Philomela by her brother-in-law Tereus, and the subsequent horrors that occur when the cycle of violence finds no end. This is a play about speech and silence, questions met with silence, the silencing of questions. (See more...)