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Past Webinars

Restorative Justice and Racial Healing

When: May 15 | 12:00-1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf

Host: DeMointe Wesley

The Prison Within: The Way Out is Through

When: April 17 | 12:00-1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Katherin Hervey, Erin Kenway, Troy Williams, Michael Nelson, sujatha baliga, Sonya Shah

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Towards a relational masculinity: Restorative justice in response to sexual harms perpetrated by male-identified people

When: March 20 | 12-1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Kate Crozier, Carol Bilson, Sarah Scanlon, Judah Oudshoorn

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Everyday RJ: Moving from rhetoric to repair and resilience in ourselves and our communities

When: February 21 | 12-1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Desiree Anderson and Josh Bacon

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Restorative Justice in Mental Health Services: Engaging with complexity and vulnerability

When: January 17 | 12-1:30PM ET (EST)

Guest: Sarah Cooper, James Tapp, Finn Swanepoel

Host: Gerard Drennan PhD.

Exploring Restorative Approaches to Human Resources Management

When: December 20 | 12-1:30 PM EST (EST)

Guest: Michelle Jackett and Matthew Hartman

Host: DeMointé Wesley

Expanding the Circle: Restorative Justice in Education for Diverse Learners

When: November 15, 2023 | (EST)

Guest: Jessica Gonzalez and Chelsea Kovacs

Host: Kathy Evans

Taming Our Egos as RJ Facilitators: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

When: October 18 | 12-1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Mark Umbreit, Sheryl Wilson, Joel Friesz

Host: DeMointé Wesley

Echo Effects of the Microaggression: Lessons Learned from a New Zealand Restorative Dialogue after Public Harm

When: September 20, 2023 | 3:00-4:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Joey Wheeler, Haley Farrar, Jeremy Simons

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Restorative Justice in Fiction: Engaging youth and adults through the power of story

When: September 6, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Lindsey Pointer, Charlene Allen, Dayna Lorentz

Host: DeMointé Wesley

Exploring the Divine Connections between Religion and Restorative Justice: An Interfaith Panel

When: April 19 | 12:00-1:30 EST (EST)

Guest: Professor Najeeba Syeed, Rabbi Joshua Stanton, and Rana Singh Sodhi

Host: Dr. Karen Leslie Hernandez

The Arc of History Bends Towards Justice: An inter-generational and intersectional conversation about the restorative justice movement

When: March 15 | 12:00-1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Yarrow Skoblow, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Jasmyn Story, and Tammy Krause

Host: DeMointé Wesley

On These Grounds: Keep the Conversation Going

When: March 1 | 5-6pm EST (EST)

Guest: Vivian Anderson and Niya Kenny

Host: Kathy Evans

A Restorative Approach to Family Violence: Feminist Kin Making

When: February 15 | 12pm EST (EST)

Guest: Joan Pennell, Donna Coker, and Mimi Kim

Host: DeMointé Wesley

The Imperative Need for an LGBTIQA2S+ Lens in Restorative Justice

When: January 18 | 12:00 - 1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Rami El Gharib (he/him), Ames Stenson (they/them), Laura Beth Waltz (she/her)

Host: tarek maassarani

Two Threads, One Tapestry A Settler Indigenous Conversation

When: December 14, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: gkisedtanamoogk (it/thing) and Elaine Enns

Host: tarek maassarani

Looking Back and Moving Forward

When: November 20 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Fania Davis, Edward Valandra, Kay Pranis, Howard Zehr

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Building Restorative Communities

When: November 16, 2022 | 12-1:30pm EST (EST)

Guest: Holly Northam (Canberra), Paul Nixon (New Zealand), Ivo Aertsen (Belgium – European Forum for Restorative Cities), Estelle MacDonald (Hull UK), Saleem Tariq (Leeds)

Host: Jennifer Llewelyn

Restorative Justice and The First Harm: Indigenous Land Acknowledgments and Beyond

When: October 19, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla (Edward C Valandra, Ph.D.)

Host: tarek maassarani

Restorying the Past: Perspectives from the Center for Restorative History

When: September 21 | 12-1:30pm ET (EST)

Guest: Tsione Wolde-Michael and Nancy Bercaw

Host: tarek maassarani

Restorative Justice and the Design of Intentional Physical Spaces

When: April 20, 2022 | (EST)

Guest: Deanna Van Buren, Barb Toews, Cynthia Imogen Hammond, Ipek Türeli, Greg Labrosse

Host: tarek maassarani

Still Doing Life: 22 Lifers, 25 Years Later

When: March 16, 2022 | (EST)

Guest: Howard Zehr and Barb Toews

Host: patience kamau

Futures Matter: A Conversation with Maisha T. Winn

When: February 23, 2022 | (EST)

Guest: Maisha T. Winn

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Terrell's Story of Resilience, Renewal, and Reintegration: from Anger and Pain to Healing and Passion

When: January 19, 2022 | (EST)

Guest: Terrell Mosley

Host: tarek maassarani

Listening to the Movement: New Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice

When: April 21, 2021 | (EST)

Guest: Ted Lewis, Jill Strauss, Rose Elizondo, Carl Stauffer, Mika Dashman

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Revitalizing Indigenous Peacemaking

When: March 17, 2021 | (EST)

Guest: Brett Lee Shelton and Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks

Host: Dr. Johonna Turner and Tala Bautista

Massive Resilience: An Emergent Strategy for Equity, Justice, and Liberation in Schools & Communities

When: February 17, 2021 | (EST)

Guest: Dr. Ram Bhagat

Host: Dr. Kathy Evans

Trust and Civic Engagement Matter: Connections to Human Trafficking in the United States

When: January 27, 2021 | (EST)

Guest: Dr. Bob Spires and Dr. Monti Datta

Host: Carl Stauffer

Stumbling Toward Repair: UVA, Charlottesville, and The Process of Coming To Terms with the Past and Creating Equity in the Present

When: December 16, 2020 | 4:30-6:00 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Dr. Andrea Douglas and Dr. Kirt van Daacke

Host: Carl Stauffer

Liberating Restorative Justice From Co-optation Within Colleges and Universities

When: November 18, 2020 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Desirée Anderson, Neijma Celestine-Donnor, and Satya Chima

Host: Johonna Turner and Mikayla Waters-Crittenton-McCray

The Long Road that Bends Towards Justice - RJ and the Work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

When: October 21, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Sidney Morgan

Host: Carl Stauffer

Colorizing Restorative Justice: A Virtual Writers' Roundtable

When: September 16, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Rochelle Arms Almengor, Shameeka Mattis, Barbara Sherrod, Johonna Turner, and Edward Valandra, Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla

Host: Melody Pannell

RJ Practices and Values in State Legislation

When: April 15, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Thalia González, Sydney Vermilyea, Claire Krelitz

Host: Carl Stauffer

The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools - A Virtual Book Launch

When: March 18, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Lindsey Pointer and Kathleen McGoey

Host: Kathy Evans

Building Mutual Understanding Between Community and Police

When: February 19, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Shari Silberstein, Latrina Kelly-James, & Al-Tariq Best

Host: Johonna Turner

Beyond Circles and Conferences: Everyday Restorative Justice Practices in PK-12

When: January 22, 2020 | (EST)

Guest: Kathy Evans

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Signs and Symbols of Restorative Justice as a Movement

When: December 11, 2019 | (EST)

Guest: Carl Stauffer

Host: Dr. Thalia Gonzalez

Harm, Healing & Human Dignity: Catholics in the Restorative Justice Movement

When: November 20, 2019 | (EST)

Guest: Caitlin Morneau, Ryan Lents and Schoene Mahmood

Host: Howard Zehr

How do we walk our talk? Exploring restorative organizational practices

When: October 16, 2019 | (EST)

Guest: Kazu Haga and Sonya Shah

Host: Kirby Broadnax

Restorative Inquiries: Considering the Cases of Dalhousie Dentistry and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

When: September 18, 2019 | (EST)

Guest: Jennifer Llewellyn

Host: Jonathan Swartz

Love and Living Soil – Restoring Justice for Land and Community

When: April 17, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Jonathan McRay

Host: Johonna Turner

Restorative Circles for Health – RJ as an Approach to Health Justice

When: March 20, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Ivelyse Andino and Jason Walsh

Host: Johonna Turner

RJ work in Korea and NE Asia – a case study in implementation, innovation and adaptation

When: February 20, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Hannah Kim and Jae Young Lee

Host: Howard Zehr

The Little Book of Racial Healing – a virtual book launch

When: January 23, 2019 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf

Host: Johonna Turner

Transforming Violence: Restorative Justice, Violent Crime and an end to Mass Incarceration

When: December 12, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Danielle Sered

Host: Howard Zehr

We Came to Learn: The Fight for Police Free Schools

When: November 28, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Jonathan Stith

Host: Johonna Turner

Sustaining Restorative Justice: exploring innovative funding approaches

When: September 26, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, Seth Weiner and Gretchen Rohr

Host: Carl Stauffer

Centering Survivors: A Critical Conversation

When: April 18, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Alison Espinosa-Setchko, Kazu Haga, and Richard Smith

Host: Johonna Turner


Centering victims and survivors of harm is a longstanding principle of restorative justice. What does this mean in the restorative justice movement today? How should we define “victims” and “survivors”? What needs must be addressed? Join us for a critical conversation with the leaders of two RJ-informed initiatives centering survivors of violence who offer fresh […]

Follow-up Seminar: How do we use Restorative Justice to transform a culture of sexual harm?

When: April 11, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: nuri nusrat, Jenny Poretz and Robert Howard

Host: Johonna Turner


This follow-up session will provide an opportunity to talk with the presenters of April 4’s webinar, in more depth about RJ approaches to sexual harm. Unlike a regular webinar, we will use a phone and video conferencing platform that will enable you to interact with the seminar leaders and other participants.

How do we use Restorative Justice to transform a culture of sexual harm?

When: April 4, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Guest: nuri nusrat, Jenny Poretz and Robert Howard

Host: Johonna Turner


nusrat, Poretz and Howard will discuss their experiences talking with young people about sex and sexual harm, more generally, in ways that call forth accountability but also address the structural and cultural roots of sexual harm in our society. Poretz and nusrat have facilitated restorative community conferences around sexual harm between young people and Howard […]

The Promise and Perils of “Standards” in Restorative Justice

When: February 21, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Catherine Bargen and Aaron Lyons

Host: Howard Zehr


This webinar will explore the contested issue of “standards” in restorative justice, using the example of a current initiative in the Canadian province of British Columbia as a basis for group discussion and learning. While some restorative justice advocates urge that standards are essential to maintaining quality practice and securing the confidence of referral agents, […]

The role of the formerly incarcerated in the RJ Movement and RJ in prison

When: January 17, 2018 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Tyrone Werts and Greg Winship

Host: Howard Zehr


This webinar will reflect on the role of the formerly incarcerated in the Restorative Justice movement and on restorative justice in prison. The webinar features two men, both of whom were incarcerated with life sentences.

Dealing with the Past from a Theological /Faith-based practice

When: December 13, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Linda Armstrong and Barbara Holley

Host: Carl Stauffer


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. In June 2015, Dylann Roof, a White Supremacist, shot nine people at Bible Study in Charleston, South Carolina. The Reverend Wallace Adams-Riley later delivered a sermon about his own church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities).

Restorative Justice Listening Project Report

When: December 6, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Sonya Shah, Carl Stauffer and Sarah King

Host: Wonshé


Earlier this year the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice organized a series of listening sessions across the United States and British Columbia with the support of the Porticus Foundation and Open Philanthropy. The intention of the project was to get a feel for “the state of the state” of restorative justice — to take the pulse of […]

Coming to the Table

When: November 15, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf

Host: Howard Zehr


Coming to the Table began when two dozen people, African and European descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement in the United States, gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University in January 2006. (This webinar was sponsored by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

Truth-Telling on Race Relations in the US Context

When: October 18, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Thalia González

Host: Carl Stauffer


This webinar will reflect on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, which dealt with a situation where native families “suffered unjustly under racially biased policies designed to disrupt community, disband traditional family structure and solve ‘the Indian problem’ by assimilating native children into white society.” (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

Transformative Community Conferencing

When: September 20, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: David Anderson Hooker

Host: Carl Stauffer


Drawing from both the Transforming Historical Harms manual (Hooker and Potter-Czaijkowski EMU 2012) and the Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing, Hooker will discuss the role and practices of unveiling hidden narratives that support and sustain conflict, and those that allow conflicting parties to move forward together. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

Law Enforcement Through Restorative Justice: Peacebuilding in the community

When: June 28, 2017 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Kurt Boshart and Vanessa Westley


This course has been postponed to late fall (2017) or early winter (2018). Please check back again at that time for ways to register. This six part course is an introduction into restorative justice with an emphasis on its applications in law enforcement. Participants will explore innovative ways to incorporate restorative justice within an agency, […]

Community Justice Partnerships

When: April 26, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Vanessa Westley

Host: Carl Stauffer


“There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask “what’s possible?” not “what’s wrong?” Notice what you care about, be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” –Margaret Wheatley Guest Bio Officer Vanessa Westley is a twenty-five year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Listening to a Movement

When: April 19, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Sonya Shah and Sarah King

Host: Carl Stauffer


Restorative Justice is alive and well across this nation and beyond. The explosion of energy and activity surrounding the application of restorative justice is breathtaking. Is this a passing fad, a call to professional focus, or a burgeoning social movement? Whatever the case may be, restorative justice as an academic discipline and a practice field […]

Social Justice in Circles: How are circle keepers addressing systems of oppression?

When: March 22, 2017 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Marcia Lee, Kezia R. Curtis, Josephine Boakye and Jodie Geddes

Host: Johonna Turner


Please join us for a dynamic conversation between restorative justice practitioners who are on the frontlines of restorative justice work in their communities in Detroit and Oakland. In this conversation we will explore the ways in which social identities, power, privilege and oppression impact peacemaking circles and Restorative Justice work.

Transformative Justice

When: February 15, 2017 | (EST)

Guest: RJ Maccani, Nathaniel Shara and Ejeris Dixon

Host: Johonna Turner


What is transformative justice? What can restorative justice thinkers, scholars and practitioners learn from the contemporary transformative justice movement? This webinar offers an introduction to transformative justice. It will also highlight leading organizers’ current work to conceptualize transformative justice praxis and create responses to intimate violence.

Restorative Justice and the practice of Law

When: December 7, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Brenda Waugh

Host: Howard Zehr


Many attorneys are seeking ways to implement restorative principles and/or practices within their law practice. Over the past few years, some of these have been gathering to share ideas and support one another -they include a wide range of law practice i.e. criminal defense, prosecution, personal injury, family law, and others.

Making Manna: A story about the failings of the justice system and a victim’s efforts to heal

When: November 2, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Eric Lotke

Host: Johonna Turner


A girl is sexually abused by her father, and runs away. “Never again!” she yells as she slams the door. Now she’s on her own. Obviously she needs to survive.— But she also needs to heal her wounds and come to terms with the family she left behind. Author Eric Lotke discusses his new novel, […]

Restorative Justice, Restorative Theology, Restorative Church

When: October 19, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Ted Lewis and Chris Marshall

Host: Carl Stauffer and Johonna Turner


Over the past couple of decades we have seen greater cross-fertilization between the realms of restorative justice, restorative theology, and restorative church practices. What might be gained if there were more deliberate efforts to encourage these cross-over conversations? Could theologians of the Christian faith benefit more from having direct knowledge of restorative justice case studies?

Pre-Charge / Pre-Booking Restorative Diversion: Spotlight on Oakland, California

When: September 21, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Yejide Ankobia and nuri nustrat

Host: Howard Zehr


Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) offers a promising way of addressing youthful wrongdoing, with its ability to reduce recidivism, satisfy victims of crimes, and increase community involvement. After an incident has occurred that would normally result in criminal charges or a school disciplinary process, RCC offers a voluntary opportunity for dialogue.

Can restorative justice address structural and racial injustice? A neuroscience perspective

When: April 20, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Cheryl P. Talley

Host: Howard Zehr


The first guiding principal of Restorative Justice states that “Crime is fundamentally a violation of people and interpersonal relationships.” Yet, crime is not always judged as criminal and there can be far-reaching impact. Recent events involving the shootings of unarmed African Americans by police clearly represent a violation far beyond that of the grieving families and their immediate communities.

Restorative Responses to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

When: February 17, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: David R. Karp and Kaaren M. Williamsen

Host: Howard Zehr


A national social movement is well-underway to address campus sexual and gender-based misconduct. This has raised awareness; fostered policy and procedural changes; increased training, case management, and data collection; and increase reporting and adjudication. However, this movement has often promoted adversarial and retributive responses that may lead to prolonged trauma for victims, adverse educational outcomes […]

The Transformation of Prisons, Prisoners, and communities: restorative justice through trauma healing awareness

When: January 20, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Jeff From

Host: Howard Zehr


As practitioners of Restorative Justice we often do not take enough time to reflect on our practice and the learnings we have gleaned from this beautifully healing and hard emotional work. This webinar explores Restorative Justice through the lens of working with men in prison and trauma healing awareness.

Lessons From 18 Years of Community Conferencing and Restorative Practices in Baltimore

When: December 2, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Lauren Abramson

Host: Carl Stauffer


The Community Conferencing Center has been providing Restorative Practices in Baltimore for 18 years across many sectors, including: neighborhoods, schools, juvenile justice system, prisons, etc. Founding Director Lauren Abramson will discuss the successes, the challenges, and a vision for moving forward.

Youth Leadership for Restorative Justice

When: November 18, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Johonna Turner and Jonathan Stith

Host: Carl Stauffer


Young people most affected by mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline are leading a movement for restorative justice in their schools and communities. In Chicago, Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a collaborative led by students of color, recently won the passage of a school discipline law that requires all Illinois schools to dramatically change their discipline policies.

Re-Entry Planning Circles: A Solution-Focused Approach For Incarcerated Individuals and Loved Ones

When: October 14, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Lorenn Walker and Ian Crabbe

Host: Howard Zehr


A main purpose of the reentry circle is to give Individual imprisoned people the opportunity to address their needs for transitioning into the community with the support of their loved ones. They meet in prison with loved ones who they identify and are invited by the facilitator. Often the circle is the first time the imprisoned person has seen some members of their family for months or years.

Native American Spirituality and Restorative Justice

When: September 30, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: The Honorable Robert Yazzie


The Honorable Robert Yazzie is a retired chief Justice of the Navajo Nation. He was the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 through 2003. He practiced law in the Navajo Nation for 16 years, and he was a district judge for eight years.

Restorative Justice in Everyday School Practices: A Panel Discussion

When: September 21, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Estelle Archibold, Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Christina Parker and Ann Schumacher


Our fourth webinar focused on pipelines to prison, what perpetuates those pipelines, and how RJE can begin to disrupt them. It’s been a great series and we’re grateful for our guests who have taught us so much about RJE.

Possibilities for Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

When: September 8, 2015 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. (EST)

Guest: Kathy Evans and Johonna Turner


In this webinar, Carl Stauffer, Kathy Evans and Johonna Turner from Eastern Mennonite University, will discuss Restorative Justice in Education and examine the ways in which the implementation of restorative justice in school settings can address racial disproportionality and interrupt the cradle to prison pipeline.

But That Teacher Doesn’t Like Me: The Importance of a Relational Pedagogy

When: June 15, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison

Host: Kathy Evans


Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison, established educators and researchers, will share with us aspects of relational pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with students, and discussing how RJE helps teachers to do that.

Student-led Restorative Justice in Fairfax County

When: May 15, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Kristin Myers and Sophia Moses, Dr. Shawn Stickler, Vickie Shoap

Host: Kathy Evans


Students from Fairfax County Public Schools Thomas Jefferson High School will present their student led restorative justice program. In September of 2013 the student honor council adopted a restorative justice approach to address academic integrity issues. Students were trained and mentored to facilitate restorative justice circles for cheating, plagiarism and other academic integrity issues.

Restorative Justice in Education: Learning From Students

When: April 22, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Anita Wadhwa, students

Host: Kathy Evans


In this webinar, youth leaders in the program discuss the pitfalls and successes associated with instituting an alternative form of discipline and community building.

Restorative Justice in Schools: The Power to Heal and Educate

When: March 30, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Dennis Gingrich

Host: Carl Stauffer


"He should just go kill himself like his mother did!” was the flashpoint that created a volatile and potentially violent situation fueled by the hurt and anger these young men had lived with throughout their lives. The story will be retold and then used to highlight key lessons learned from a variety of perspectives.

Finding Partnership: Community and Police in Pursuit of Restorative Justice

When: February 25, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Jennifer Larson Sawin


C4RJ is a unique community-police nonprofit partnership founded in 2000 and operating in the Greater Boston area. The unique initiative has engendered widespread regional interest; C4RJ now serves 13 police departments and communities with requests for expansion continuing apace.

Restorative Justice and Victims: Reflections from a Survivor and Practitioner

When: January 28, 2015 | (EST)

Guest: Ellen Halbert

Host: Howard Zehr


In this interview-based webinar, Ellen reflects on the theory and practice of restorative justice but also on the case documented in the film.

The Paradox of Being an Indigenous Restorative Justice Practitioner

When: December 13, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Harley Eagle


In this webinar Harley will provide his perspective on restorative justice based on his cultural and personal experience as a practitioner. He will also speak on the impact of unresolved historical trauma and its effects on conflict in indigenous settings as well as what it might mean for Restorative Justice.

Using Restorative Justice Values to Design Transformative Spaces

When: December 10, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Barb Toews & Deanna VanBuren

Host: Howard Zehr


This webinar explores the relationship between restorative justice values and the architecture and design of spaces in which justice occurs, including restorative practices.

Integrating Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya

When: November 24, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Najla Mangoush

Host: Carl Stauffer


Najla Mangoush will outline the possibilities for conflict transformation in Libya, by moving beyond state authority for controlling the transition and intervention in the aftermath of mass crimes and integrating restorative justice principles and customary practices.

Setting up a Restorative Justice Program in Your Community

When: November 11, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Howard Zehr

Host: Carl Stauffer


Carl interviews Lorraine and Howard on their experiences with establishing restorative justice programs. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is the restorative justice coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Preparing Restorative Justice Educators: A Discussion of Effective Models

When: October 29, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Carl Stauffer, Kathy Evans, Fania Davis, Eric Butler


Participants will hear from Fania Davis, Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Eric Butler, a school restorative justice coordinator from Oakland, CA; a workshop facilitator; and Kathy Evans, a professor in the EMU teacher education department about how they are working with teachers to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to act as restorative justice agents in school settings.

The Intersection of Restorative Justice and the Arts

When: April 23, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Jane Golden, Robyn Buseman and Eric Okdeh


How can artistic practices and approaches be applied in restorative justice? In what ways might restorative approaches and principles inform artistic practices? In this webinar, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program will provide a case study in the intersection of socially-engaged art and restorative justice.

Possibility or Pipedream? A Restorative Social Justice Movement

When: March 14, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Dana Greene


Join us for a frank conversation exploring the unrealized revolutionary promise of restorative justice. Dr. Dana Greene, associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department at New Mexico State University, will examine the current direction of restorative justice in particular highlighting missteps all too reminiscent of past reforms.

A Critical Conversation with "The New Jim Crow"

When: February 18, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, Shiv Desai, and Nekima Levy-Pounds


Jacqueline, Shiv and Nekima are going to answer Alexander’s call by beginning a dialogue about intersecting the lanes of education, race, discipline and community-centric practice. What strategies can folks on the ground adopt to address these issues?

The Power of Connection: Attachment Theory and the Practice of Restorative Justice

When: January 29, 2014 | (EST)

Guest: Annmarie Early


Our understanding of what it means to be human is undergoing rapid change. We are learning that humans use emotion and patterns of connection and disconnection to navigate the world. Discoveries from neuroscience and research from attachment theory have paved the way for more effective practitioner intervention in situations of conflict.

Fambul Tok: Community Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone

When: November 13, 2013 | (EST)

Guest: John Caulker


Launched in 2008, Fambul Tok provides an innovative example of a community-driven and owned transitional justice process that illustrates the spark of creative genius resulting from the partnership of civil society and local communities that are allowed to dream and act out a better justice for the future – a reconciliatory, healing justice that holds promise for generations to come.

Restorative Justice and the Cultivation of Public Compassion

When: October 23, 2013 | (EST)

Guest: Chris Marshall


In this webinar, Chris will discuss his approach of bringing biblical teaching into dialogue with restorative justice theory to generate new insights into both, as well as to suggest achievable goals for the justice system and public life in general.

Seeking Justice in Societies Transitioning From Violence

When: September 18, 2013 | (EST)

Guest: Beatrice Pouligny


Dr. Beatrice Pouligny will share from her recent work in places such as Syria and Libya where she has focused on the overlaps of trauma healing and resilience. She will also highlight her efforts at trying to support groups and communities to develop their own resilience resources and mechanisms, including when the violence is still going on.

Victims' Needs in Death Penalty Cases

When: May 1, 2013 | (EST)

Guest: Tammy Krause, Kelly Branham, and Dick Burr


What application does restorative justice have in the highly-charged, adversarial context of death penalty cases? Is it possible to do more to engage the families of homicide victims in these cases and in doing so, to help address their needs? What can and should the defense team do in these situations?

When Restorative Justice Goes to Prison

When: March 25, 2013 | (EST)

Guest: Tyrone Werts and Barb Toews


This webinar explores what happens when Restorative Justice goes to prison.

Trauma and Restorative Justice

When: December 5, 2012 | (EST)

Guest: Elaine Zook Barge


Elaine Zook Barge directs the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at EMU. She has facilitated trauma trainings throughout the United States as well as Mexico, Haiti, the Sudan, Colombia and Myanmar.

Opportunity and Danger: Implementing RJ in Existing Systems

When: 2012 | (EST)

Guest: Catherine Bargen, Aaron Lyons and Matthew Hartman

Host: Howard Zehr


How do we maximize the opportunity of restorative justice while staying true to its core values? In this webinar, Just Outcomes Principals Catherine Bargen, Aaron Lyons and Matthew Hartman will explore important elements for consideration in the implementation of restorative justice within existing criminal justice systems.

Does Restorative Justice Need Forgiveness?

When: 2012 | (EST)

Guest: Sujatha Baliga


Sujatha Baliga is a lawyer and restorative justice practitioner who facilitated a restorative justice process for a murder covered in The New York Times Magazine. How did this case unfold? What can restorative justice practitioners learn from this pioneering case? What is the relationship between forgiveness and restorative justice? How do we relate to the media on these issues?