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
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, was serving with the Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan for four months this past winter and spring. South Sudan, Africa’s newest nation, has seen civil war for more than five of its eight-year existence, following its 60-year involvement in the Sudanese civil war, which has left the nation impoverished and traumatized, with the highest rate in the world of children out of school. Since September of 2018, there has been a fragile peace agreement that has given the nation its longest rest since 2013, and brought a wary hope to much of the nation …. Reuwer hopes to learn from the people of South Sudan about the human potential for resilience under extremely traumatic circumstances, the methods they have devised to survive prolonged warfare, and how grassroots efforts can contribute to lasting peace. He expects this will enhance the material in his course on nonviolent conflict, and hopes to share lessons learned about war and peace with the Saint Michael’s community.
(posted June 2019)
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)