Jane & William E. Curran ’49 Distinguished Mentors Program: Dorothy Porter ’86 & the Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter ’86, DIV ‘94

Event time: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm to 8:30pm
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Event description: 
The Curran Distinguished Mentor program was established with a gift from William Curran ‘49 in memory of his wife, Jane. The program aims to provide students with access to role models who embody Dwight Hall’s mission in their professional lives.
Dorothy Porter ‘86 and Rev. Canon Nicholas ‘86 DIV ‘94, who met as undergraduates at Pierson College, founded Jerusalem Peacebuilders five years ago as an interfaith non-profit organization with the mission of creating a better future for humanity across religions, cultures, and nationalities. Jerusalem Peacebuilders focuses on uniting Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth and adults and provides them with the opportunities and skills they need to become future leaders for peace in the global community.
Dorothy and Nicholas will be on campus for two days as the 2016-17 Jane & William E. Curran ’49 Distinguished Mentors, a program of Dwight Hall that recognizes leaders who have made remarkable contributions in public service and toward social justice and invites them to serve as mentors to Yale University students by sharing their expertise, experience, and insights.
Dorothy and Nicholas, whose bios are provided below, will speak over dinner about how they conceived of and launched this ambitious social venture and what they have learned from the process of identifying and developing practical solutions to one of the world’s greatest challenges.
The full program for the 2016-17 Jane & William E. Curran ’49 Distinguished Mentors Program includes:
Wednesday 11/9:
  • 4pm talk in Dwight Hall (personal journey, path towards co-founding Jerusalem Peacebuilders)
  • STUDENT EVENT ONLY: 5:45pm dinner in the Blair Room at Pierson (how to create an organization – how-to’s of social venture)
  • 7:30pm talk in Dwight Hall Common Room (about Peacebuilders organization – Multifaith collaboration towards peace)
Thursday 11/10:
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm – office hours in Dwight Hall’s Library
Dorothy Meek Porter (Y’86) is co-founder of Jerusalem Peacebuilders and married to the Nicholas Porter. Educated in New Haven and London, Dorothy is an art historian and mother of three daughters. Working in New Haven, London, Jerusalem and Paris in the Arts, she now hosts Palestinian, Israeli and American teens at their summer leadership programs in Brattleboro and New Haven.
Nicholas Porter (YC ’86 and YDiv ’94) is the Executive Director and co-founder of Jerusalem Peacebuilders, an interfaith, non-profit organization that specializes in experiential peace and leadership programs for youth and adults of Jerusalem and the wider Middle East.  Educated in New Haven, Cairo, London and Brattleboro, he is an Episcopal priest and educator.  Postings in Jerusalem, Paris, Geneva and Connecticut focused his work on promoting human well-being and interfaith encounter.  Nicholas and his wife Dorothy met while studying at Yale.  Today they live in Vermont with their three daughters.
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Dwight Hall Institution
Open To: 
Graduate Students
Community Members