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WIPCS Conference: Keynote

Wendy Perlman is the keynote speaker at the 2015 Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference.

Dr. Wendy Pearlman

Triumphs and Tragedies in the Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East

Thursday, April 16
Keynote Presentation
Welcome Dinner, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Room B

Wendy Pearlman is Assistant Professor and Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Project on Middle East Political Science, and the Advisory Board of the journal Middle East Law and Governance, among others.

Professor Pearlman’s research and writing focus on high-risk conflict, with particular emphasis and expertise on Africa and the Middle East. Her book Violence, Nonviolence and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was selected as the Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine and as runner-up for Best Book on the Middle East by Foreign Policy magazine. Her many articles include “Competing for Lebanon’s Diaspora: Transnationalism and Domestic Struggles in a Weak State,” International Migration Review, Spring 2014, and “Emotions and Microfoundations of the Arab Uprisings,” Perspectives on Politics, June 2013, selected by Foreign Policy as one of the best journal articles on the Middle East for that year. She has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution on “Nonstate actors, fragmentation and conflict processes” (February 2012).

Professor Pearlman is currently conducting research and interviews regarding how individuals participate in and survive high-risk protest, and has interviewed more than 150 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan and Turkey. So far, two long-form narratives, Love in the Syrian Revolution and Fathers of Revolution, have resulted.

She is a graduate in history of Brown University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. She also has studied in Madrid Spain as a Fulbright Fellow, and the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad at the American University in Cairo.


Martin Farrell is the keynote speaker at the 2015 Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference.Dr. Martin Farrell

Democracy, Peace and Conflict: Personal and Professional Reflections on 30 Years with the Wisconsin Institute

Friday, April 17
Keynote Presentation
Lunch, Todd Wehr Center Jockey Room B

Marty Farrell was born in Winona, Minnesota, and graduated from Winona Senior High School. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, in international relations and political science, respectively. He began his teaching career with visiting positions at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, The College of William and Mary, and Hampton University.

Since 1976, Dr. Farrell has taught comparative politics and global studies at Ripon College.  At Ripon, he has co–directed an International Film Series which to date has brought more than 700 international films to the Ripon campus. He has led student and alumni study-abroad experiences six times, and has personally studied and/or traveled in more than 40 countries on five continents. He is the author of more than 50 refereed conference papers, periodical articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. He participated in the founding meeting of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in February 1985, and later served on the Institute’s Executive Council for 15 years and as the Institute’s Executive Director for four years. He has represented the city of Ripon on the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors since 1994 and is currently in his 10th year as Board Chair.