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Education for Agape Love and Forgiveness

Those Who Will Lead Us

"...we praise the wise man....with respect to his state of mind...."
~Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

Masters of Ceremonies


Dr. Jichan J. Kim

Dr. Jichan J. Kim (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and a Program Director at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA where he regularly teaches courses on research methods, statistics, forgiveness psychology, and moral development among others. Dr. Kim was one of the recipients of 20219 Provost Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship at Liberty University. Dr. Kim served as president of Virginia Association for Psychological Science in 2021. Dr. Kim studied under Dr. Robert Enright at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and together with his colleagues, he has published over 20 journal articles most of which directly address the topic of forgiveness. He is married with three children and resides in Forest, VA..


Dr. Elizabeth Gassin

Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Gassin is a Professor of Psychology at Olivet Nazarene University, where she teaches courses mainly in developmental and counseling/clinical psychology. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Illinois and has worked largely with families and children in her clinical work. Over her career, she has done both quantitative and qualitative research on forgiveness, bereavement, and children’s religious development. Dr. Gassin has spent a total of about four years living and teaching abroad in Russia, a chapter in her life that began with a Fulbright award for the 1998-99 school year.

Speakers

Dr. Judith D. Aldaba

Dr. Judith D. Aldaba is an educator with both the Master’s and doctoral degrees in education. She was both a faculty member and an administrator for 26 years at De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines. One of her passions is teaching mathematics in Filipino, considering that English is the medium of instruction in Philippine schools. This led her to author and co-author a number of instructional materials in mathematics in Filipino. In 2014, she became the Assistant Superintendent of the 24 parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Manila. This appointment gave her the opportunity to begin introducing forgiveness education in the member schools.

Dr. Paul Coleman

Dr. Paul Coleman is a clinical psychologist for the past thirty-six years and has a private practice in Dutchess County, New York. His specialties include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and grief. He is the author of a dozen self-help books—his first being THE FORGIVING MARRIAGE published in 1989 and his most recent book is FINDING PEACE WHEN YOUR HEART IS IN PIECES published in 2014. He has been a guest expert on numerous television shows including TODAY and has been interviewed in dozens of radio stations across the country including WABC and NPR. Paul’s avocation is acting. He has appeared in over forty—mostly amateur—stage productions and recently appeared as a grief therapist in the HBO series “I Know This Much Is True” starring Mark Ruffalo. Paul is happily married for thirty-nine years. He and his wife have three children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Enright

Dr. Robert Enright holds the Aristotelian Professorship in Forgiveness Science within the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, is a licensed psychologist, and co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute. He is the first topublish a scientific study on the topic of person-to-person forgiveness, in 1989. Dr. Enright is the author or editor of seven books and over 150 publications centered on social development and the psychology of forgiveness. He pioneered research on Forgiveness Therapy and forgiveness education. His latest endeavors include forgiveness education for students in various world communities (for example, Iran, Israel, Monrovia, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and Taiwan) and Forgiveness Therapy with those in correctional institutions.

Dr. Suzanne Freedman

Dr. Suzanne Freedman is a Professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was a landmark study that was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology on forgiveness with incest survivors. Dr. Freedman’s areas of expertise include the psychology of interpersonal forgiveness, forgiveness education and intervention, moral development, incest and sexual abuse, eating disorders, early adolescent development, and at-risk adolescents. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the psychology of interpersonal forgiveness

Mr. Sylvester Jackson

Mr. Sylvester Jackson is the Lead Organizer for EXPO (Ex-incarcerated People Organizing) He was born and raised in Chicago Illinois where he got involved in street gang organizing at the age of 19. He is self educated, having obtained his H.S.E.D. while serving a 20 years sentence in the state of Wisconsin.Prior to being released from prison, Sylvester made a decision to dedicate his life to help end mass incarceration. In November of 2019, Sylvester received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition of the Elijah O’Neal Award of Excellence and the Elijah O’Neal Service Award by Project Return for his commitment to aid those who are returning to their communities after incarceration.

Mr. Jonathan Little

Mr. Jonathan Little enjoyed a long and successful career in radio, as a newsman, disc jockey, music director, program director, operations manager, general manager, and owner. In 1998 Mr. Little left radio management and helped launch TroyResearch, a consumer opinion market research company, that does worldwide entertainment and media research for radio, television, and movie clients, including Sony Motion Pictures. In 2021 he bought the company. TroyResearch continues to serve its clients with opinion research and perceptual studies with Mr. Little in the role of president, www.troyresearch.net . Jonathan Little has been recognized with a number of awards over the years including the honor of being inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Ms. Hannah Rapp

Hannah Rapp is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hannah works as a research assistant with Dr. Robert Enright validating measures of agape love and implementing forgiveness education interventions for primary school children in three world nations, including, Israel, Northern Ireland, and Taiwan. Hannah was a 2020 Future Institute Research Center (FIRC) Graduate Scholarship Award recipient and has presented at relevant conferences, such as the WES-Center for International Higher Education Conference (2021), and the American Psychological Association convention (2020)

Ms. Jiahe Wang Xu

Jiahe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interest is in forgiveness and the development of agape love. Collaborating with other scholars, Jiahe published a very first empirical study discussing The Development of Forgiveness and Other-focused Love in the Journal of Psychology and Theology. Together with her colleague, Hannah Rapp, they identified the significant increase of forgiveness and reduction of anger among children and adolescents through a meta-analytic investigation of randomized controlled trials of forgiveness education studies. She currently serves as the co-principal investigator of the project funded by John Templeton Foundation: implementation of forgiveness education to increase agape love in three cultural distinct areas: Belfast, Israel/Palestine, and Taiwan.