Cheri Doane, Central’s director of community-based learning, is excited by the opportunity to host the dialogue.
“Central College is pleased to be involved with dialogue that contributes to civic understanding and engagement,” she said. “Intersections International has a great deal of experience in facilitating meaningful conversations among veterans and civilians, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with them.”
“This residency provides a fabulous opportunity for the Central community to engage with a team of professionals with a wide array of talents who are experienced in peace building and conflict resolution efforts across the globe,” said Lyn Isaacson, associate dean for global education. “This emphasis aligns well with themes in our first-year Intersections seminar and also with the college’s long-standing commitment to fostering global competencies in our faculty, staff and students.”
Visiting staff members—Chase, is the Intersections International executive director and works globally in the field of cross-cultural dialogue. He has been involved in global peacemaking initiatives and multi-faith dialogues across the world, most recently in Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He is a producer and director of award-winning social justice documentaries, published author and playwright. Chase is also a nationally recognized speaker and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times and Associated Press.
Fred Johnson, the director of strategic initiatives, brings people together from diversified spiritual and cultural backgrounds to create artistic forums for learning, sharing, reconciliation, vision and hope. As the fellow for Intersections’ arts initiatives, Johnson organizes multicultural music and creative arts programs, and enhances other Intersections programs with specific arts initiatives.
Maggie Monroe Richter, the director of advancement, leads the work of advancing the organization’s programs, partnerships and publicity. Prior to Intersections, she spearheaded development at Jewish, Christian, Muslim and multi-faith organizations including Storahtelling, Cordoba Initiative, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Union Theological Seminary.