Panelists Tackle Gender-Based Violence and Religion in Discussion at Dickinson College

Panel to Discuss Preventing Religiously Motivated, Gender-Based Violence

by Silke Kuhn '21

Dickinson will host a panel discussion on the challenges posed by religiously motivated, gender-based violence and possible prevention strategies. The conversation, “Gender, Religion, and Violence,” will take place Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.

Panelists will discuss ways in which extremist groups have used religion as a primary reason for perpetrating violence against certain ethnic or religious groups, often with a focus on women, and how such violence can be prevented.


  • Margee M. Ensign is the president of Dickinson College. Prior to Dickinson, she served for seven years as the president of the American University of Nigeria, where she bolstered the school’s digital library, oversaw the building of a sustainable campus and worked against the nearby threat of the Boko Haram insurgency.
  • Jean-Pierre Karegeye is a visiting international scholar in philosophy at Dickinson. His research on genocide, religious violence and child soldiering explores both fictional and non-fictional narratives and first-hand accounts that emerge from such conflicts. His recent projects explore how genocide and religious radicalization in Africa imply a reconstruction and a relocation of the social sciences and humanities. He will serve as moderator.
  • Christina Li is an advisor in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Prior to her current position, Li led cross-functional teams in risk analysis and marketing and has experience in microfinance and education-focused, faith-based non-governmental organizations.
  • Stephanie Ogorzalek is senior policy advisor in the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S State Department. She previously worked at the Department of Defense and on the Gender and Diversity Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. 
  • Celestino Perez, Jr., is a colonel in the U.S. Army and an associate professor at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches national security policy and strategy. His research interests focus on integrating political theory into military planning and strategy.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Churchill Fund. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Published March 19, 2019