This June, The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice will bring together faith leaders, educators, judges, politicians, policy makers, practitioners and community members to explore the use of restorative justice principles and practices in today’s world. The 4th National Conference on Restorative Justice will take place in Toledo, Ohio, USA at the Hotel at UTMC (formerly the Hilton Hotel) from June 19 through 21.

A new component of the 2013 conference is the “Justice Through Our Eyes” art program. Designed to capture the essence and soul of justice in its truest form through the eyes of our youth, the program calls for students to submit their original artwork that answers the question: “What does justice mean to me?” All artists’ submissions will be included in the conference program booklet and a winning entry from each age category will be chosen by a select panel of art and social justice professionals.

Registration is $250 ($300 after May 15) per person. Day pass, single event, and group rates are available upon request.

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Sponsored by Lourdes University and The University of Toledo, this year’s conference features international speakers and experts in the field of Restorative Justice:

June 19

Angela Davis, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz. Founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to dismantling the industrial prison complex. Affiliate of Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Tim Wise
One of the “25 Visionaries who are Changing the World,” by Utne Reader. International speaker (in all 50 states, Canada and Bermuda, and on more than 800 campuses), and author of 6 books on race issues. Recipient of 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues. Regular contributor on CNN and ABC’s 20/20.

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work, and Director of Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue at the University of Texas at Austin. Instrumental in Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) in Texas capital cases, and has provided DIVO training to Texas litigators.

June 20

Pete Lee, Lynn Lee, Sharletta Evans
Colorado State Representative, District 18, Pete Lee helped establish Colorado’s Restorative Justice Bill. Lynn serves as Chair of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council and has received the John Gallagher Restorative Justice Volunteer of the Year award. Sharletta is a Certified Addiction Counselor and founded the Red Cross Blue Shield Gang Prevention Inc., a non-profit, faith-based organization offering an alternative to gangs and activities.

Julius Bailey, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Wittenberg University and founder of Project Eight, a youth service organization focused on leadership and civic participation. Has been a featured speaker in over 50 prisons and correctional facilities in California, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio.

Katherine van Wormer, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. Has worked extensively in the field of substance abuse counseling and has authored or co-authored 16 books. Her most recent work is titled Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications.

Theo Gavrielides, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of the youth-led social policy think-tank Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS). Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS), Faculty of Society & Health, at Buckinghamshire New University in the UK.

June 21

Robert Yazzie, J.D.
Member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Practiced law for 16 years, having served as Chief Justice for the Navajo Nation from 1992 until his retirement in 2003. Currently serves as Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University, and Visiting Faculty for the National Judicial College. He will speak with Navajo Peacemaker Ruthie Alexius.

Ericka Huggins
Professor in Sociology at Laney & Berkeley City College, and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. A political activist since the 1960’s, she founded the Black Panther Party in New Haven, CT and remains the party’s longest running female leader. Established the Oakland Unified School District sponsored After School Academy with the help of Maya Angelou and the Bay Area United Fund.