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Sean Callaghan

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding

Sean Callaghan, Lead Consultant at Strategic Impact
"Unlearning Racism: Confronting Apartheid in our Hearts"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center

When just a teenager, Sean Callaghan was conscripted into the South African Defense Force. He served as a medic with Koevoet, the brutal counter-insurgency unit operating in Namibia and Angola. In 1997, he testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about the things he had witnessed as Koevoet hunted down the armed opposition to South Africa’s apartheid government. As one of only a handful of conscripts to seek amnesty from the Commission, Sean was the first to bring many military atrocities into the open.

Sean worked as National Coordinator of the National Initiative for Reconciliation and then for the National Peace Secretariat during South Africa's transition in the early 1990’s. He was Strategic Communications Manager for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes and Global Development Manager for the Africa Peace Centre. He served as Media Liaison for the 1999 South African elections in the violence-torn KwaZulu-Natal region and later for Accord during the DRC and Burundi peace negotiations.

He has handled special projects for several presidents—Mandela (South Africa), Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Chissano (Mozambique)—and has managed client communication at a number of global events including the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the World Conference Against Racism, the World Economic Forum and the Commonwealth Heads of State meetings.

Before relocating to London in 2009, Sean was lead pastor of the Junction Church in Melville, a suburb of Johannesburg. He is co-founder of Amahoro, which gathers international church leaders in Africa each summer to build relationships with emerging African leaders who are committed to the tangible manifestation of justice, mercy and goodness in their local contexts.

From his base in London, Sean is currently engaged in conflict resolution in Iraq, and he mentors local peace-building initiatives in Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. He directed a Violence Prevention Intervention for the African Alliance for Peace during the South African national elections in 2009. He served as a consultant with Restored (an initiative to address violence against women) to help them develop their strategy for the African continent, and he is helping Tearfund develop and pilot a global Social Entrepreneurship program (Inspired Individuals) which seeks to select, resource and scale-up social change. This initiative forms part of Tearfund’s ten-year vision to lift millions of people out of poverty.

This event is co-sponsored by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919.

Sean Callaghan on "Conversations from St. Norbert College"


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