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“Healing Harms in Today’s Troubled World” Restorative Justice Conference

October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Presented By:
Antioch College & Community Empowerment Org.
Hosted on the historic campus of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH

The Event: This Symposium is a national conference designed to teach the principles of Restorative Justice (RJ) and its approach to problem solving. Participants will learn about and engage in actual case-studies of how RJ’s theory, practices and research are being used throughout the world today as a successful solution to “healing harms.” This 2017 Restorative Justice Symposium promises to be a provocative and participatory event that is not to be missed.

Who Should Attend? Community organizers, municipality officials, K-12 teachers/principals/superintendents/school administrators, criminal justice workers and officers, racial and social justice advocates, higher education professionals and researchers, social workers, human services workers, community members invested in community development, facilitators, mediators, victim service advocates, persons directly impacted by the juvenile or adult justice systems, youth, nonprofit organizations/foundation members/philanthropists, mental health advocates and volunteers, practitioners of restorative and community justice practices – and others who are interested in ways and means for “healing harms in today’s troubled world.”

Symposium Speakers
We are inviting local and national practitioners and scholars who are experts in restorative justice practices to speak at this year’s RJ Symposium. Confirmed Breakout Speakers:
Mikhail Lyubansky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is an expert in Restorative Justice & Race.
Elaine Shpungin Ph.D., Director of the Psychological Services Center; Dr. Shpungin specializes in using RJ in academia in grades K-12.
Duke Fisher, Founded of Learning Laboratories has been a trainer of conflict resolution and restorative justice since 1988. He offers restorative justice training at Skidmore College and for schools, universities, and community organizations nationwide. Duke will be facilitating the “RJ for Colleges & Universities” breakout session.
Jasmyn Story, Restorative Justice Facilitator. She is a dedicated human rights activist and specializes in working in community mobilization and the integration of restorative practices. She will be a co-presenter for the ‘Community and Race Issues’ breakout session.
Richard Biehl, Director and Chief of Police, Dayton Police Department, will speak on using RJ in policing and prisons.


Restorative Justice is an ancient dispute resolution process that many indigenous employ to resolve conflict. The history of RJ practices will be shared at the conference by Raymond Tekorako Ruka, a Maori Elder of a matriarchal peace nation from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Additional speaker/trainers will be announced.

Breakout Sessions: The Symposium will offer three breakout sessions in areas where Restorative Justice Practices are being used successfully:
1) Community & Race
2) Education K-12
3) RJ for Colleges & Universities
-A special presentation on using RJ in policing and prisons on Sunday morning

A “Beer & Bach” Entertainment Reception: On Saturday evening, Symposium attendees are invited to a reception hosted at the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College. This year’s attendees of the Community and Restorative Justice Symposium will come together to celebrate those who have made a difference in the RJ community. This reception will be a great time to have a little food, hear some excellent live music while networking and engaging. You’ll get inspired by others who are using RJ in their workplace and individual lives. Come relax as you get recharged to take all you’ve learned back into your personal communities. Come and enjoy the evening with us!
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Place: Coretta Scott King Center, Livermore St @ Antioch College
Event Sponsor: TBA



October 27, 2017
October 29, 2017


Antioch College
One Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, OH 45387 United States
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