Academic Advisory Board

Board meeting in New York (Gary Smith, Henry Arnhold, Simone Lässig, Eckhardt Fuchs, Julia Marton-Lefevre, Paul Arthur, Lynn Davies, and Jonathan Fanton)

Prof. Paul Arthur

"Peace Studies is a relatively new discipline and the gap between academia and practitioners remains wide. The great merit of the George Arnhold Program is that it enables those who are in the business of sustainable peace to form a common network and to create a critical mass."

Paul Arthur is a distinguished scholar and practitioner in the field of international conflict resolution and Program Director of the London Amman-Program of the Foundation of International Education. A Professor of Politics, he is Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) at Ulster University. He holds a BA and MSc from Queen’s University Belfast and a D.Litt. from the National University of Ireland. He has extensive media experience in Ireland, Britain, and the United States including two years as an op-ed writer for the Irish Times as well as being Ulster Television’s regular political analyst.

Prof. Lynn Davies

"The huge contemporary importance of this programme is that school curricula are now competing with the internet and social media in the relay of messages about 'others', about peace and about the use of violence. Continuous research is needed to probe how history and current events are portrayed in different post-conflict educational contexts, but also how young people make sense of what they read and see."

Lynn Davies is Emeritus Professor of International Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her interests are in education and conflict, education and extremism and transitional justice approaches to education. Current research ranges from interviewing former extremists about their backgrounds to evaluating Sri Lanka’s peace and social cohesion policy. After books on Education and Conflict (2004) and Educating Against Extremism (2008), her latest book is Unsafe Gods: Security, Secularism and Schooling (2014). In 2014 she was awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart award for Distinguished Service to the UN and its goals by a UK citizen.

Dr. Jonathan Fanton

“The Georg Arnhold Program calls forth the best within us in search of solutions to problems that divide us."

Jonathan F. Fanton is President of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He served as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College from 2009 to 2014. He previously was President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1999 to 2009 and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research. Earlier, he was Vice President of Planning at The University of Chicago. Dr. Fanton holds a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University, where he taught and was Special Assistant to President Kingman Brewster. He is the author of Foundations and Civil Society, volumes I and II (2008), and The University and Civil Society, volumes I and II (1995, 2002).

Prof. Simone Lässig

Simone Lässig became Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., in October of 2015. From 2006 to 2015, she served as director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig and as Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. She received her Ph.D. from the Technische Universität Dresden. Her main areas of research include nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and cultural history, particularly Jewish history, religion and religiosity, philanthropy and patronage, entrepreneurial history, the politics of history, and European memory cultures

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Julia Marton-Lefèvre was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation membership organization, until January 2015. Prior to this position, she was Rector of the UN-affiliated University for Peace, Executive Director of LEAD International and the International Council for Science (ICSU). She is a member of several boards, including the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Oxford University’s James Martin School, the Global Institute of Sustainability of Arizona State University, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. In 2016, Julia Marton-Lefèvre will be the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at Yale University.

Dr. Gary Smith

Dr. Gary Smith is a Senior Fellow and Director Emeritus of the American Academy in Berlin. He has lived in Germany since 1986 and came to Potsdam in 1992 as the founding director of the Einstein Forum. Gary Smith was the first Executive Director of the American Academy in Berlin, serving from 1997 until 2014. Smith received a doctorate from Boston University for a thesis on “Walter Benjamin’s Idea of Beauty” and has taught philosophy of art and culture in Berlin, Boston, and Chicago. Among his publications are Benjaminiana. Eine biographische Recherche (with Hans Puttnies, 1991), Gershom Scholem. Zwischen den Disziplinen (1995), and Hannah Arendt Revisited: Eichmann in Jerusalem (2000).