Faculty Profile

John Reuwer, MD

Adjunct Professor, Peace and Justice

B.A., University of Virginia
M.D., University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise:

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Medical Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Mental and Physical Wellness
Certified, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Security Committee, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Nonviolent Action (NVA)

Courses I Teach:

Theories of Conflict Resolution - Nonviolent Action
Nonviolent Communication






Dr. Reuwer has been studying, teaching, and practicing alternatives to violence for over 30 years. He has lectured at Radford University, Virginia Tech, Champlain College, and the US Army’s War College in Carlisle, PA, as well as lead communication and conflict workshops in numerous churches and public venues. 

As an emergency physician for 30 years treating patients for injuries they inflicted on one another and themselves, he developed a keen desire to understand why violence is so prevalent and what can be done to mitigate it. His journey lead him to focus on the work of King, Gandhi, and Sharp as examples of engaging political enemies, and the work of Marshall Rosenberg on language as a major determinate of how interpersonal conflict is managed.

His experience includes actively challenging violence in conflict zones while deployed with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Colombia, Haiti, Palestine, and Washington, DC. He has adapted the principles of nonviolent communication to the promotion of physical and mental wellness, helping people find hope and growth in conflict, even within themselves. He recently completed a sabbatical in Harrisburg, PA partnering with residents to challenge the culture of street violence in the inner city, and continues to serve on the Cure Violence Harrisburg task force, whose mission is to implement a public health intervention to complement standard law enforcement. 

John Reuwer, adjunct professor of peace and justice, gave a lecture at Elizabethtown College in southeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 17, .entitled 'Lecture on Nonviolence: Power for Peace and Justice.” The event was sponsored by the Elizabethtown Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP). John is a member of the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
(posted January 2019)

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