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Breaking Ground Book Launch with Dominican University and Book Passage

Join Heidi Kühn live and discover the remarkable change an ordinary person can inspire.

Launching her memoir and call to action: Breaking Ground

Live: Thursday, April 22, 2021

9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST

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Dominican University of California’s Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage welcome Heidi Kuhn on April 22, 2021.

Heidi’s commitment to fostering peace and raising awareness has been a driving force in her life—from her early days as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, to her time as a reporter in Juneau, Alaska, covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill and US-Russia relations. After overcoming a potentially terminal cancer diagnosis that threatened everything she held dear, Heidi became determined to rid the world of another form of cancer that has plagued the world for decades—landmines—in regions as far-flung as Croatia Vietnam, and Afghanistan.

Inspired by her work of the late Princess Diana, Heidi began the humanitarian organization Roots of Peace from the basement off her Northern California home. She gained the support of famed Napa Valley vintners Robert Mondavi and Mike Grgich, and soon her mines-to-vines. mission began to take hold.

Please join us as Heidi tells the Roots of Peace story, and talks about her book, Breaking Ground: From Landmines to Grapevines, One Woman’s Mission to Heal the World, which guides the reader from the early days in which she built her vision to her current presence on the global stage, where she has worked with presidents, prime ministers, landmine survivors, and religious leaders from around the world to spread a message of peace and recovery. In the years since the founding of Roots of Peace, its agricultural projects have made tremendous progress to fight against landmines, revitalizing devastated land and uplifting the lives of countless people in the process.

Through recalling her journey, Heidi reveals the remarkable change an ordinary person can inspire. Her story is one of faith, healing, and the compassion needed to grow a more peaceful world. Breaking Ground will encourage you to do the extraordinary and help plant the seeds of change for a brighter future.

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Cultivating Peace through Agriculture in Afghanistan
9:30 AM09:30

Cultivating Peace through Agriculture in Afghanistan

An International Forum Hosted by King’s College London, WIWIP

On the occasion of International Mine Awareness Day, Charlotte Harwood, King’s College of London, Women in War and International Politics (WIWIP), Department of War Studies, hosts Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace and Afghan women leaders in an international forum on cultivating sustainable peace through agriculture in Afghanistan. Emcee Cheryl Jennings, Emmy Award-winning journalist.

Join us on April 6th, 2021

  • 9:30 am PDT in California

  • 5:30 pm BST in London

  • 9:00 pm in Kabul

  • 10:30 pm in Kyrgyzstan


Charlotte Harwood, WIWIP

Mistress of Ceremony:

• Cheryl Jennings, Emmy Award Winning Journalist

Guest Speakers:

• Muqaddesa Yourish, Country Director at LAPIS/ former Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industry— Afghanistan

• Zarlasht Sarmast, Program Coordinator at Open Society University Network

• Fawzia Behroz Merzaye, Women's Agricultural Expert

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