University Colloquium: Paul Heidebrecht

“Engineering Peace?” with Paul Heidebrecht, PhD
Given the power of contemporary technologies—and the problems they create and exacerbate—it is often argued that the education of engineers should include the liberal arts. But what does engineering contribute to a liberal arts university? More particularly, what does an engineering sensibility offer to fields of study in the social sciences and humanities such as peacebuilding? In this colloquium I will address this question by drawing on insights from teaching and research that bridges engineering and peacebuilding, as well as my experience supporting social entrepreneurs in Conrad Grebel’s Peace Incubator who have sought to use technology to advance peace and justice.