Circles Since 1974

Over 4 decades fostering diversity, inclusion, civil discourse to create constructive change

Tens of thousands of intergenerational participants around the world engaging in hundreds of Circles

Empowering a global learning community

of social action


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International Delegations

South Africa

Listening and Learning Lessons of Apartheid
68 democracy activists from 8 countries for 10 days of dialogue from the office of President Nelson Mandela to health clinics of Townships


Making Community Work
International delegation with professionals from the US and Cuban communities in fields of education, economics, health and business

Northern Ireland

Bill of Rights: Translating Peace Process Into Action
Formal and informal meetings with diverse groups of community, religious, and government leaders addressing continued tensions as well as supporting actions that assure the peace process


Building Bridges: Peace Prospects
International delegation focused on support and actions for peace through formal and informal dialogue among diverse groups of activists who continue working for peace despite overwhelming odds

South Africa

Africa’s Leadership Legacy: Intergenerational Dialogue with Elders and Emerging Leaders
Order of Companions of O.R. Tambo, South Africa’s highest award for a foreign national presented to Jerry Dunfey, Harry Belafonte, Ron Dellums, Linda Biehle; presented by President Thabo Mbeki, Pretoria, South Africa (2008)



America’s Future — After the Turbulent 60’s
Richard Goodwin

Nixon and Impeachment
Henry Steele Commager

U.S./Canadian Relations
Kenneth Curtis


New Politics
Julian Bond

Early Warning/CIA
Michael Harrington

The Kennedy View
Edward Kennedy


Race and the City
Jimmy Breslin

Young Ideas
Andrew Young


Human Rights and Full Employment
Coretta Scott King

Congress and Carter
Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill


U.S. and the Economy
John Kenneth Galbraith

The Carter Administration
Jody Powell

Peace in Northern Ireland
John Hume


City Decisions
Edward Koch

New Right Effects on American Politics
Thomas J. McIntyre

Americans for SALT Treaty
Edward M. Kennedy & Henry Cabot Lodge

Consumer Movement and The Political Process
Ralph Nader & Lyn May


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa & Kyoto, Japan Delegation

Feminism Today
Gloria Steinem

Peace & Conflict Resolution
U.S. Commissioners of the Peace Academy

Africa’s Future
Delegations from Southern African Nations and African-American Institute

Industry in Trouble
Douglas Fraser


Cry Freedom: South Africa Awareness
Donald & Wendy Woods

Afghanistan Between Three Worlds
Liz Gould & Paul Fitzgerald


Direction of the National Urban League
John Jacobs

Central America Turmoil
Bianca Jagger & James Shannon

Nuclear Age — 10th Anniversary
J. Rouse, I. Thorsson, J.K. Galbraith, E.Handler, G. Kistiakowsky

Legalized Racism/South Africa
Donald Woods and Dick Gregory

A Choice of Heroes
Mark Gerzon

20th Century Woman
Jane Fonda & Judy Jarvis


Nuclear Proliferation
Edward Markey

The Lincoln Trust
Robert McNamara & Donald Woods

Canadian/American Relations
Allen Gotlieb


Neighborhood Revitalization
James Rouse

The Caribbean Future
Michael Manley


Media’s Challenge
Hodding Carter

South Africa’s Struggle
Oliver Tambo & Callie Crossley

Ireland’s Future
Anthony J.F. O’Reilley & Sheila Banks

Apartheid Today
Beyers Naudé


Liberal vs. Conservative
Barney Frank, John Sununu & Liz Walker

International Relations & Negotiations
Roger Fisher

Witness to Apartheid
Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte & Sharon Sopher

Reflections on the Oval Office
Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter & Liz Walker

Women for a Meaningful Summit
Margarite Papandreou & Judy Jarvis

Human Rights and Third World Women’s Projects
Isabel Morel Letelier & E. Lovell Dyett


Mitch Snyder, Carol Fennelley, Martin Sheen & Tanya Hart

Farm Issues
Tom Harkin & Sarah McClendon

Central America in Turmoil
Charlie Clements, Ed Asner & Uma Pemmaraju

Issues and Dilemmas of Leadership in Public Life
Richard Thornburgh & Pam Moore

World Premiere Film “Cry Freedom”
Donald Woods

Defending Our Children
Marian Wright Edelman & Crocker Snow, Jr.

Rudman Speaks Out
Warren Rudman & Carmen Fields


Revolution of Peace
Daniel Berrigan & Janet Langhart

Women and International Leadership
V. Garron de Doryan, S. Wood, G. Ferraro, & C. Saenz de Phillips

From Despair to Hope
Harry Belafonte, Paul Meyer, Arn Chorn, Judith Thompson & The Children of War

U.S.S.R. and U.S. Economics — 15th Anniversary
J.K. Galbraith, Stansislav Menshikov, Bill Moyers

Iran Contra Affair
William Cohen, George Mitchell, & Judy Jarvis

Drugs Circle the Americas
Clara Lopez Obregon, Mickey Leland, & Brad Willis


Inside the CIA
William Webster & Ellen Hume

Mozambique and International Leadership
Marcelino dos Santos

Middle Ground on the Middle East
Mubarak Awad, Yosef Olmert & Marcia Gillespie

El Salvador: An Endless War?
C. Clements, D. Farah, T. Gibb, C. Norton, F. Smyth, & C. Alvear

The Brady Bill
Sarah Brady, Pete Shields & Charles Austin


Religious Activism and El Salvador
Jennifer Casolo & Jackie O’Neill

Peace Dividends
William Sloane Coffin & Marjorie Arons-Barron

Vision of a New Political Landscape
Madeleine Kunin, Maxine Waters & Charles Royer

Civil Rights Today
Julian Bond, Peter Mead & Henry Hampton

The New Global Economy
Robert Reich & Lawrence Ingrassia


Alternatives to War in the Gulf
Roger Fisher & Dianne Wilkerson

AIDS: The Global Epidemic
Jonathan Mann & Jeanne Blake

Energy Resource and Policy
Amory Lovins & Gregg Easterbrook

Principles and Profits
Anita Roddick & Bo Burlingham

The African National Congress and Freedom Fighters
Anthony Lewis, Albertina & Walter Sisulu

The Way of Newspapers
Benjamin Bradlee, Tom Winship & David Nyhan


Russia Today and In the Future
Olin Robison & Yelan Khanga

Tobacco Industry Under Fire
Laurence Tribe, Marjorie Clapprood & Arnold Hiatt

Blueprints for the Next President
Mark Green, Harvey Gantt & Madeleine Kunin

Restructuring Education
James Freedman, Eugene Land & Juanita Wade


Why Race Matters
Cornel West & Margot Strom

The Emerging World Democracy
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Ted Sorenson & Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Healing the Wounds of History, Healing Ourselves
Jeffrey Brown & Wilma Mankiller


Ireland’s Possibilities — 20th Anniversary
Andrew Young & Mary Robinson

Freedom Summer
J. Brown, R. Coles, K. Delaney, M.W. Edelman, C. Goodman, A. Poussaint, E. Rivers, R. Robinson

New Directions in Healthcare and Welfare
Donna Shalala & Hubie Jones

Republicans for Peace
Gerry Adams & James Carroll

Support During the Apartheid Era
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Loyalists for Peace
G. Spence, D. Ervine, G. McMichael, B. Hutchinson, D. Adams, J. English, K. Morrison

Monument of the Irish Peace Process
John Hume & Kevin O’Neill


Affirmative Action
A. Leon Higginbotham & Marty Linsky

Human Rights in Nigeria
Frank Chikane, Willard Johnson & Sara Ting

Update: The Irish Peace Process
Martin McGuiness & Kevin Cullen

Reclaiming Urban America
Jesse Jackson & Liz Walker

My Day and Nights in the Chinese Den
Harry & Ching Lee Wu & Loretta McLaughlin

Northern Ireland
David Trimble & Robert O’Neill

Peace Corps: Vision for the 21st Century
Mark Gearan & Paul Tsongas


Children, Family, Community
Hilary Rodham Clinton & Alvin Poussaint

Northern Ireland: Prospects for Peace
George Mitchell & Mary Richardson

Building Democracy in Haiti
Jean-Bertrand Aristide & H.D.S. Greenway

Hope for America’s Secondary Education
Theodore “Ted” Sizer & Sarah-Ann Shaw

Journey to Peace through Demilitarization and Development
Oscar Arias & Margie Reedy


Working for Justice: A Global Challenge
Richard Goldstone & Anthony Lewis

Environmentalism: Stewardship and Sustainability
Carol Browner & David Ropeik

Labor for the Future: Shaping the World of Work
Alexis Herman & Emily Rooney

Toward a Global Ban on Landmines
Patrick Leahy & Michael Croll

Northern Ireland Community Leaders Speak
May Blood, Liz Groves & Heeten Kalan

Beyond Partisanship: New Paradigms in Leadership
Jeanne Shaheen & Tom Oliphant


Futures Worth Having: Our Gift to the World’s Children
Graça Machel & Andrew Young

Sustaining the Hope for Freedom
Alelaide Tambo

We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
Bernice Johnson Reagon & Henry Hampton

Why America Needs a Raise
John Sweeney & Robert Reich

Truth & Reconciliation
Desmond Tutu (with NH Humanities Council)

The New Assembly
David Trimble, Seamus Mallon & Lois Roach


Northern Ireland: A New Government for a New Millennium
David Trimble, Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam, Lois Roach, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, & Kevin O’Neill

Ethics and Athletes: A Challenge for Sports and Society
Michael Wadsworth & Yelena Khanga

1999 Solas Awards
presented to Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger for the Dunfey family and Global Citizens Circle

Democracy and Freedom for China in the New Millennium
Wei Jingsheng & Susan Weld

How Do We Create True Reconciliation? — 25th Anniversary
John Hume, Coretta Scott King, Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Andrew Young


Nuclear Proliferation
Richard Butler, Jonathan Schell, Susan Atwood, Joseph Biden, John Tierney, Stephen Cambone, Lisbeth Gronlund, Graham Allison & James Carroll

Peace Building in the Middle East
Itzhak Levanon, Hasan Abdel Rahman & James Carroll

Reconciliation Efforts Recognized
Belfast Award presented to Jack and Bob Dunfey for the Dunfey family and Global Citizens Circle

Building Bridges: Challenges for Education in Divided Societies
Sheila Sisulu, Maureen McLaughlin, Martin McGuinness & Mary Brabeck

Renewing American Policy: Past As Prologue
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. & Laura Knoy


Making Community Work: Listening and Learning from Cuba’s professionals in Medicine, Education, Economics, and Business
Elma Lewis, Harry Belafonte & Paul Solman

Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Dialogue with Archbishop Tutu
Maurice Hayes, Martin O’Brien, Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger


Global AIDS and the Human Right to Health
with special dedication to Jonathan Mann
Janet Wu, Sandra L. Thurman, Ochoru Otunnu & Eric Sawyer

Northern Ireland: Moving Forward in Peace
David Trimble, Mark Durkan, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele & Margaret Warner

From Requiem to Renewal: A Decade of Balkan Conflict
Dr. Westy Egmont, Stephen Walker, Mirza Kusljugic, John Shattuck & Edita Tahiri

Why War With Iraq?
Callie Crossley, Scott Ritter & James Carroll


The AIDS Pandemic
James W. Squires, MD, Rory Kennedy, Ochoro Otunnu & Kate Roberts

Politics of Community Change
Hubie Jones, Cynthia “Mil” Duncan & Michael Swack

Romanticizing Violence and Conflict
Karen Brown, Aqeela Sherrills & Peter Stringham, MD

Tranforming the Process: Women at the Peace Table
Swanee Hunt, Luz Méndez & Steve Curwood

Celebrating and Renewing Civil Discourse — 30th Anniversary
Andrew Young, Aqeela Sherrills, Kate Roberts, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Callie Crossley; and Mark Russell, special guest

Afghanistan: A Delicate Balance
Sima Wali & Liz Walker


Bring the Children Home: The Will to End Homelessness
Marian Wright Edelman, founder, Children’s Defense Fund and Felix Torres, executive director, Manchester NeighborWorks, and keynote speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition, Manchester, NH

Renewing Our Commitment
Martin Luther King, III, board member Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Constructive Change; facilitator, Paul LeBlanc, president, Southern New Hampshire University


Born Into Brothels
Screening of Oscar Award winning documentary, followed by discussion with Geralyn White-Dreyfous, producer, Southern New Hampshire University

Peace Prospects: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue
Benjamin Pogrund, journalist; founder and director, Yakar Peace Center for Social Concern and Ata Qaymari, general director, Almadar for Translation and Press Service, project facilitator for workshops in conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, Nadine B. Hack, president, beCause Global Consulting, Global Citizens Award presented to Benjamin Pogrund, Jerusalem


We Are All The Same: Aids and Children
Jim Wooten, ABC journalist and author, facilitator, Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger, Endowed Chair, Business Ethics, Southern New Hampshire University

Rabble Rouser for Peace: The Authorized Biography of Archbishop Tutu
Book launch, John Allen, author, Cambridge, MA and New York, NY 2006), Cambridge, MA and New York, NY


Globalization, Ethics and Human Rights
Mary Robinson, president, Ethical Globalization Initiative, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, connected her to University of Southern Maine

Left to Tell: The Rwandan Holocaust and Forgiveness
Immaculée Ilibagiza, refugee, survivor, author; facilitator, Prince Tshabangu-Soko, student from Tanzania, Southern New Hampshire University

Conflict Resolution: Crips and Bloods
Aqeela Sherrills, broker peace agreement between gangs, founder, The Reverence Movement, a peace initiative; facilitator, Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger, professor of business ethics, Southern New Hampshire University (

Restoring America’s Moral Reputation in our World
Peter Galbraith, senior diplomatic fellow, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation and Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government


Order of Companions of O.R. Tambo
South Africa’s highest award for a foreign national presented to Jerry Dunfey, Harry Belafonte, Ron Dellums, Linda Biehle; presented by President Thabo Mbeki, Pretoria, South Africa

Africa’s Leadership Legacy: Our Elders and Emerging Leaders in Dialogue
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chair, Commonwealth Nations with ‘Mbatha Muendane, student in Pretoria; Madonna Moate, student, Johannesburg; facilitator, Xolela Mangcu, resident scholar, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Walter Sisulu Square, Soweto

Green Justice: Caring for People and Planet Together
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Marjora Carter, founder, Sustainable South Bronx; facilitator, Steve Curwood, PRI’s Living on Earth 


Commencement Address
Nadine B. Hack, CEO, beCause Global Consulting and visiting professor, International Graduate School of Community Economic Development, Southern New Hampshire University

AIDS: The Personal Stories
Bishop Gene Robinson, Episcopal Vicar, NH; facilitated by Lillye Ramos Spooner, community leader, AIDS activist, Universal AIDS Day


Afghanistan: Between Three Worlds
Liz Gould and Paul Fitzgerald, filmmakers, researchers, authors, activists; co-sponsored with the NH World Affairs Council


Capitalising on Social Capital
Lew Feldstein, author and former president, NH Charitable Foundation, University of New England


Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and His Godson on the Journey Ahead
Andrew Young and Kabir Sehgal, New Hampshire Humanities; William ‘Bud’ Dunfey award presented to Ambassador Young by Joe Keefe, CEO, Pax World Funds


Remembering Madiba, Honoring President Nelson Mandela
Mpho’ Muendane, daughter of refugees exiled after Soweto Uprising, textile designer; Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger, professor of Civic Engagement, Southern New Hampshire University

Where’s the Outrage Over Our Failed Health Care System
Philip Caper, M.D, founding director, Maine ALLcare, GCC delegate to Cuba, 2001; University of New England


Peace and Reconciliation in Libya
Discussion between Ali Ahmida, political science professor, University of New England and Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Cuba Opening
Frank Smythe, journalist, human rights activist, GCC participant, initiated conversation regarding GCC’s involvement in a new not-for-profit organization


Economic Empowerment and Income Inequality: New Civil Rights Imperative
Marc Morial, president, National Urban League, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday program presenter

Commencement Address and Honorary Degree Recipient
Swanee Hunt, president, Hunt Alternatives and former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Southern New Hampshire University

Investing as a Social Change Strategy
Joe Keefe, CEO, Pax World Funds, University of New England


Activism That Works: Starting Now and Staying At It
Monica McWilliams, Opal Tometi,
Phumeza Mlungwana, Heeten Kanti Kalan, and
guests of honor Desmond & Leah Tutu, Khayelitsha, South Africa


Since 1974, Global Citizens Circle Awards have recognized ordinary people living extraordinarily courageous lives.

These awards have been earned in schools, prison cells, courts, protest marches, boardrooms and newsrooms, at kitchen tables and in neighborhood lanes.

We are privileged to have such human beings as members of our Global Citizens’ family, and we are fortunate, indeed, to have their example to keep our hope alive.