Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Regional Events

20 Years Later: In Celebration of the Dayton Peace Accords

Oct. 17-Feb. 28, Dayton Art Institute, Gallery 222: This art exhibit commemorates the 20th anniversary of the signing of the accords, the peace agreement reached Nov. 21, 1995, by the presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia under the auspices of the United States envoy, Richard Holbrooke. The agreement was initialed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, then formally signed in Paris Dec. 14, 1995. The accords put an end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and brought peace. Free to members; included in suggested general admission for non-members. Click here for more information.

Visions of Conflict

Oct. 20-Nov. 15, Wright State University Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries: Inspired by the anniversaries of the Dayton Peace Accords and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the exhibition explores how artists document their own response to conflict. Their images help instill empathy and ask viewers to question their own understanding of war. The photographs included in the exhibition function as more than just historical documents, but rather offer insight into the emotional and psychological consequences of battle. Artist lectures by photojournalists Ziyah Gafić and Louie Palu will help audiences gain an understanding of the historical context of the work and how one can express the tragedies of conflict through the arts. Free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 20 Years Later

6-8 p.m. Oct. 20, and Oct. 27, 1700 S. Patterson Building: Wittenberg University sociology professor Keith Doubt and Wright State University associate political science professor Bill Ayers will provide historical background on the geographic area, the breakup of Yugoslavia, ensuing conflicts and Dayton Peace Accords negotiations, among other topics. Doubt wrote Sociology after Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice and Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia. Ayers helped write For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism, and War, which examines reuniting families and territorial claims after war. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton and the Dayton Council on World Affairs are sponsoring the free, public event. Registration is required by emailing For more information, contact the University of Dayton Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 937-229-2605.

Harmony in the Heartland: A Concert for Peace

7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center: Features WSU choirs and instrumentalists and other special guests. For more than 20 years Dayton has been known as the home of peace by first hosting the landmark Dayton Peace Accords and then instituting the internationally recognized Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Sponsored by Wright State University and its College of Liberal Arts. Click here for more information and tickets.

Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Oct. 29-31, Wright State University Creative Arts Center: Are you politically engaged? Inspired to make a difference? A lover of the arts? Then join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Established in honor of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, the Prize has attracted international attention and recognized some of the best books of the past decade that promote peace and understanding. Wright State celebrates the Prize's legacy with Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. This event features experts such as John Beckman, the Prize's co-founder Sharon Rab, and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis and Karima Bennoune. These speakers will deliver TED-style talks that respond to the question, "How can great literature help us reduce conflict and find peace?" Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Ceremony

5-9 p.m. Nov. 1, Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. The first and only U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. Click here for more information and tickets.

Junior Council on World Affairs: Dayton Peace Accords 20 Years Later

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 4, Sinclair Community College: Open to Junior Council on World Affairs members only. E-mail for more information.

Dayton Peace Accords 20 Years Later through the Eyes of BiH Students

3:30-5 p.m., Nov. 9, Sears Recital Hall: Three students from Bosnia and Herzegovina studying this year at the University of Dayton as Dayton Peace Accords fellows will discuss their nation post-war and after 20 years of peace. Topics include the nation today, how the war affected their families, what the Dayton Peace Accords means to them and their impressions of the U.S., among others. The University of Dayton and the U.S. Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina sponsor the Dayton Peace Accords fellowship, designed to foster friendship and understanding between the two nations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at

Documentary: Seeking Truth in the Balkans

3 p.m., Nov. 15, Neon Movie Theater: In the 1990s, the former state of Yugoslavia devolved into chaos as various segments of the country declared independence, inflaming age-old ethnic tensions and the worst genocide to occur in Europe since World War II. During the midst of the conflict, the United Nations Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to prosecute genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, The tribunal was the first international criminal tribunal since Nuremberg. Now, 23 years later as the tribunal wraps up its cases, this documentary attempts to explore the tribunal's legacy for truth, justice, peace and reconciliation from the perspectives of those affected. Sponsored by the Dayton International Peace Museum. Call the Neon Theater at 937-222-7469 for more information.

Peace-building After the Peace Accords

3:30-5 p.m., Nov. 16, Sears Recital Hall: John Carlarne, peace studies coordinator at The Ohio State University, will present "Peace-building After the Peace Accords." Carlarne will draw on his work, especially with the organization Peace Brigades International, to explain the role of peace activists in the Balkans after the Dayton Peace Accords. The University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean and the University of Dayton international studies program are sponsoring this free, public event. For more information, contact Shawn Robinson at

The Dayton Peace Accords: Assessments 20 Years Later

4:15-5:30 p.m., Nov. 16, Wittenberg University 262 Science: Wittenberg University sociology professor Keith Doubt and Wittenberg student Vivian Overholt will talk about the Dayton Peace Accords 20 years later and give their insights on the process and the outcome for southeastern Europe. Free and open to the public.

Dinner with Dr. Ivo Komšić, Mayor of Sarajevo

6-8 p.m., Nov. 17, Sinclair Community College: Mayor Komšić will give his perspective on Sarajevo 20 years after the end of the war that ravaged both his city and his country. Click here for more information and tickets.

Symposium on the Dayton Peace Accords and Balkan War

Miami University will mark the Dayton Peace Accords' 20th anniversary with the following free, public programs. Click here for more information.

Monday, Nov. 16

4 p.m., Wilks Theater, Armstrong Student Center

Cartoon journalist Joe Sacco, with graphic artist Zeina Abirached, presents "Drawing The Middle East."

5:30 p.m., Benton Hall 102

Photojournalist Ron Haviv presents "Propaganda, Media, & Genocide: Former Yugoslavia & Rwanda."

Tuesday, Nov. 17 

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., John E. Dolibois Room, Shriver Center

Student forum, "For Humanitarian Reasons: How should we help countries in crisis?" Panelists and guests will join students in moderated, small-group discussions.

wednesday, NOV. 17 

(All events are in Pavilion Rooms of the Armstrong Student Center)

9-11 a.m. – Policy experts panel

  • Carl Dahlman, director of international studies, Miami University
  • Philippe Leroux-Martin, director of justice and security in the Center for Governance, Law and Society at the U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Muhamed Sacirbey, former Bosnian ambassador to the United Nations

11:30 a.m.

Featured speaker, former Croatian Foreign Minister Mate Granić, envoy for Croatian President Kolinda Grobar-Kitarović, presents "How We Stopped the War in Bosnia & Herzegovina."

1-2:30 p.m.

Witnesses panel, moderated by Richard Campbell, chair of the Miami Department of Media, Journalism & Film

  • Kićo Gegić, one-time Croatian child soldier
  • Irena Joseph, Bosnian native and Dayton resident
  • Other guests, to be announced

3-5 p.m.

Journalists panel, moderated by Ed Arnone, director of Miami Kosovo Program

  • Dejan Anastasijević, Serbian investigative journalist
  • Davor Glavaš, Croatian journalist and media reform advocate
  • Kelmend Hapçiu, editor-in-chief
  • Ron Haviv, U.S. based war photojournalist
  • Dejan Šajinović, Bosnian journalist

7:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker, former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Kenneth Merten, presents "Dayton, Croatia and A Possible Way Forward for Southeastern Europe."

Bosnia, Genocide and the Merits and Shortcomings of the Dayton Peace Accords

Noon-1:30 p.m., Nov. 19, Sinclair Community College Library, Upper Level, Loggia: Mo Khani, professor of geography, will present background information about the region, the history of the genocide and the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. A discussion of the pros of the accords, presented by Professor Emeritus Laurel Mayer, and limitations of the accords, presented by Professor Katherine Rowell will follow Khani's discussion. A commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords will follow this event. Free and open to the public.