Promoting Peace


Dr. Robert Brenneman

Professor of criminal justice and sociology Dr. Robert Brenneman

Honoring C. Henry Smith

Dr. Robert Brenneman, professor of criminal justice and sociology, Goshen College, will present the Forum, “The New Peacebuilders: Shifting Violence, Shifting Peace in Northern Central America,” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

During the presentation, Brenneman will discuss what can be learned from the nitty-gritty peacebuilding practices of Central American Anabaptist-Mennonite congregations. 

This will serve as the C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture for 2024. The lectureship honors the late professor who taught at Bluffton for 35 years, from 1913-48, after spending 10 years at Goshen College. Smith was known for his books on Mennonite history and the peace tradition of Mennonite churches. After his death in 1948, his estate established a trust in his name that funds projects—including the lectureship—that promote the Mennonite peace message.

This forum event is free and open to the public.