Tanenbaum Peacemaker, Professor Ephraim Isaac, recently spoke on air with Our Sacred Journey’s Audrey Kitagawa about the intersections of his academic scholarship and peace-building work. Ephraim is the Director of The Institute of Semitic Studies, and founder of Harvard’s Afro-American Department, the Coalition of Ethiopian Elders, and the Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center. Though an impressive litany of distinctions follow Ephraim Isaac, he attributes his primary formation as a peacemaker to the influence of his Yemenite Jewish father and Oromo Ethiopian mother. From his father Ephraim memorized the stories of biblical prophets and their cry for justice. And through his mother he inherited an Ethiopian disposition towards peace and a powerful tradition of eldership.