Issue #84 June 2011

Engaging Men: Ending Gender-based Violence & the Road to Peace

michael kaufmanMichael Kaufman
Co-founder White Ribbon Campaign, writer and educator

It is always hard, here in Canada in the spring (when trees are blanketed with fragile-green leaves and blossoms in more hues of white and pink than seem possible), not to be preoccupied about the serene days of summer that lie ahead.  As compensation for our long winters, our summers bring with them a particularly intense feeling of peace. It is often my job to disturb this peace, calling us to think about how we, as citizens, might achieve not just a sense of seasonal well-being, but a true peace as the very foundations of our existence.

I’ve just returned to Toronto from a short speaking tour, giving talks in a few communities and leading training workshops for those hoping to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and ending gender-based violence in its many forms. The link between the ways we raise boys to be men and the broader patriarchal social context can be difficult to grasp, especially for a general audience. But it is a link that is indispensible, whether we are thinking about ending violence against women and children (that is, peace within our families) or ending war (which, after all, is largely driven by men, fought by men, and celebrated by men raised in our families.)

Thirty-some years ago (when I started working with men and soon after writing about masculinities) or twenty years ago (when we started the White Ribbon Campaign) it was almost unheard of to discuss men as gendered beings. It seemed farfetched to think about engaging men in any large-scale way to promote gender equality. The books about men and masculinities could be fit onto a shelf, and it was possible to know everyone else in the field. Even ten years ago the idea of engaging men was often treated with suspicion or summarily dismissed. How this has changed! The White Ribbon Campaign spread from our kitchens to over sixty countries (making it the largest effort of men working to end violence against women, a nice accomplishment for a campaign with almost zero resources and a totally decentralized structure.) Academic courses and conferences, journals and books on the problem of gender based violence are now commonplace and it is hard to find an international NGO, a UN agency, a government, or a women’s organization that are not deeply concerned with engaging men and boys in confronting the problem.  We have learned that such engagement needn’t take resources or energy away from the needs of women and girls but, rather, is a way to unlock more resources to work for equality. Every day, we are learning about creating vibrant and respectful partnerships with women’s organizations. We have learned it is possible to create large-scale, mainstream campaigns to engage men—for example, the wonderful White Ribbon Campaigns in Australia and New Zealand.

We have learned how important it is to understand the many dimensions of what I’ve called men’s contradictory experiences of power—that is the strange combination of men’s very real social power and the individual fears and experiences of isolation and insecurity that are precisely the result of how we have defined and structured this power and have raised boys to be men. We have begun to learn about how this understanding gives us new tools to explain and better intervene in a wide range of issues, including those around global peace. (I remember a colleague’s observation in Tel Aviv: Two men, driving cars coming from opposite directions, had met in a narrow street. Neither was willing to back up. Rather than negotiate, rather than give in and appear weak (at least in their own distorted imaginations), each sat in his car and honked his horn for minutes and minutes on end, trapped in obstructive gender expectations that of course echo far beyond.)

We have been learning how to reach out to our brothers across class, political, ethnic and religious differences. And, at times, we’ve even been discovering how to do this with humour and a sense of delight. (I’ve been having fun this winter writing a little book with my colleague Michael Kimmel. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism is being published by Seal Press in September.) What we are learning about the possibilities of men’s learning to liberate themselves from the constraints and ambiguities of the gender expectations that patriarchy has imposed on them has been a peacelearning experience inspiring hope that change is possible.

I don’t want to minimize the challenges that lie ahead. But sometimes I can’t help but think that the glories of long peaceful summers are not totally out of reach.

Michael Kaufman, Ph.D., is a public speaker, educator and writer whose innovative approaches to engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and transforming their lives has taken him around the world.  He has worked extensively with the United Nations and with governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, professional firms, trade unions, universities and colleges.  He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against womenClick here for a full biography.


Peace education should be introduced in school curriculum (India)
(The Hindu) Gandhian principles and policies have time-tested influence among all sections of the society not only in India, but also in many foreign countries. However, many complain that there is not much awareness among the present day youth regarding Gandhian values. To dispel this myth, a whirlwind campaign is being conducted by Gandhi Peace Foundation, Chennai, by organizing seminars, interaction sessions, targeting particularly the younger generation.

Forum assesses implementation of peace education (Philippines)
(Sun Star) A two-day forum for the localization of the Executive Order 570 (otherwise known as Institutionalizing of Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education) in Mindanao was conducted in Davao City with 90 participants from different government agencies and civic society groups in attendance. The forum aimed to assess the implementation of the EO and to develop an action plan after the workshops set by Mindanao Peace Education Forum (Minpef), in collaboration with Mindanao Development Authority and the Catholic Relief Services.

Newark leaders look for lessons from peace summit (USA)
Residents in New Jersey’s largest city hope an upcoming peace summit will boost the efforts of those on the front lines of the anti-violence struggle. Summit organizers are involving several Newark community leaders in the summit, and have programs in local schools to teach students about peace and non-violent conflict resolution.

Does Peace Come From Within? The Dalai Lama and Other Nobel Peace Prize Winners (Gently) Disagree (USA)
(Huffington Post) About 1,500 people turned out Friday (May 13) for the start of the three-day Newark Peace Education Summit. Though two dozen small workshops dealt with different aspects of achieving peace, a debate emerged over the role of forgiveness and inner peace. The Dalai Lama says peace in the world begins with peace in oneself. Some of his fellow Nobel laureates, however, aren't convinced.

New Evens Prize for Peace Education won by the Escola de Cultura de Pau (Belgium)
The Escola de Cultura de Pau (ECP), Barcelona has won the first Evens Prize for Peace Education, which involved 26 projects from 10 EU countries. The ECP was awarded the prize for its teacher training in conflict management, organized in the framework of its peace-education program. The prize money will be shared between the award-winner and dissemination of the winning training program.

Reflections on the connections between peace education, environmental education, and futures education
(Earth and Peace Education International) Futures education has much in common with other areas of educational innovation, such as peace education and environmental education. Whether in schools, colleges, universities or in community education, these areas of teaching and learning attach major importance to not only what is but what might be.

U.S. Department of Justice Resource Update Addresses Youth Violence Prevention (USA)
The April 2011 issue discusses the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to prevent youth violence, including the recent Summit on Preventing Youth Violence.

Peace Education gets results (Philippines)
(Philippine Information Agency) School children have become less quarrelsome. Muslim and Christian teachers more friendly, they have learned to make friends, greet each other with a smile. There is lesser conflict now as they have come to value peace.  These were some of the felt and observable results of peace education captured during the two-day session of the Mindanao Peace Education Forum (MinPEF) conducted from May 19 to May 20 in Davao City.

Policy makers urged to back mainstreaming of peace education (Philippines)
(Sun Star) The Mindanao academe sector urged the policy makers Friday to institutionalize the mainstreaming of peace education in the country's educational system for its sustainable implementation. A study on the 53 Mindanao schools of peace by the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation Incorporated (MSCFI) revealed that the constant change of administration whether in the Department of Education's (DepEd) hierarchy or the local government units (LGU) remains a threat to implementing peace education. "The national policy makers should start supporting the more appropriate peace education system for Mindanao," said Dr. Antonio Moran, UP-Mindanao associate professor Sociology, who presented the results of the MSCFI study during the two-day Mindanao-wide peace education forum held in Davao City recently.

Peace Education in the Field  

Peace Education in Rural Liberia
As part of a national reconciliation effort, the UN and the Government of Liberia are implementing a large-scale community peace education program. The program will enroll participants from 125 communities across three of Liberia's most volatile counties in community workshops on conflict resolution. IPA (Innovations for Poverty Action) is implementing a randomized evaluation of the Liberian peace education program, alongside an in-depth qualitative study of the process and impacts.

YAP holds graduation ceremony for new peace advocate graduates (the Gambia)
(Today Online) The Youth Ambassadors of Peace (YAP), a peace, education and advocacy organization in the Gambia, held a graduation ceremony for its new inducted members. The event marked the 5th certification and graduation of the organization’s members in a drive to develop creative leadership potentials in young people while also ensuring their maximum participation in national development. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Lamin M. Sanyang, the president of the Youth Ambassadors of Peace, said that the establishment of YAP was made necessary by armed conflicts, which are largely inspired by the generation of young people.

Peace Pizzazz showcases children, stresses living by the Golden Rule (USA)
(mlive.com) Living by the Golden Rule was the theme Sunday for the third annual Peace Pizzazz, the culmination of a grassroots movement promoting peace education for children in Kalamazoo, MI, USA.

Islamic Relief implements social peace-building workshop (Yemen)
(Yemen News Agency) The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) is to launch in Sana'a ten workshops to deal with conflicts and social peacebuilding.

Mindanao peace educators push for more 'classhomes' (Philippines)
(Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) "In peace education, a classroom is no longer a classroom but a classhome," according to a Department of Education (DepEd) regional coordinator during a recent forum here where different Schools of Peace (SoP) gathered to share success stories and advocate continuous support for peace education in Mindanao. During the 2011 Mindanao Peace Education Forum held at Hotel Elena in this city, DepEd Region XII Regional Peace Coordinator Agney Taruc shared how SoP in their region transformed teachers, students and their communities.

Action Alerts

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Again in Jeopardy (USA)
(Huffington Post) This week is witnessing something far worse than the decision made earlier this year by Republicans in the House of Representatives to zero out federal funding for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Now, Congressmen Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) are proposing an amendment to the NDAA (HR 1540) to repeal Title VXII of the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1985, which authorized the establishment of the United States Institute of Peace. In doing so, Republicans not only eliminate a bipartisan institution, but they weaken America's ability to prevent violent conflicts overseas and send the message to the world that America cares little about peace.

Events and Conferences

Please note that only newly submitted events will contain a full description. All events & conferences that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed by date with a link to follow for more information.  For a calendar view of upcoming events please visit the Global Campaign Community Calendar.  

Building Infrastructures for Change: Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), Cleveland, OH, USA (June 8-13, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding – Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA (June 17-19, 2011)
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Design Science/Global Solutions Lab – UN Headquarters, New York, NY and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, USA (June 19-27, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Asia-Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit: ‘From Talk to Action’ – Asia-Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF), Bangkok, Thailand (July 6-8, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (For the varied list of deadlines, click here.)

“Combating Social Injustice Through Justice Education" – Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) and the Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Valencia, Spain (July 12-15, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) 2011 Conference: “Transforming a World in Crisis: The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology” – Boston/Brookline, MA, USA (July 14-16, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

4th International ICP Summer Academy with the theme: “Managing Peace? Project Management and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding” – Caux, Switzerland (July 18-22, 2011)
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European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) Conference – Tampere, Finland (July 20-22, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Proposals – International Conference on Transforming Conflict: Sharing Tools for Cross-Cultural Dialogue – Common Bond Institute – Amman, Jordan (July 21-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2011.)

"Transforming Education & Our World" – 8th Annual Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference, Portland, OR, USA (August 4-7, 2011)
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International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) 2011 – near Tokyo, Japan (August 12-19, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

World Peace Festival – Berlin, Germany (August 20-27, 2011)
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Peace Conference of Youth – Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Osaka, Japan (August 22-28, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Youth and Violence: The Role of Education - Inspiring Solutions – Dawson College, Montreal, QC, Canada (September 29 – October 1, 2011)
On September 13, 2006, Dawson College became the third institution of higher education in the city of Montreal to experience a school shooting. During this Fall's 5th anniversary of a tragedy that took the life of a student and injured 16 others, Dawson College and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges will be hosting an event that calls on educators, particularly in post-secondary institutions, to examine the role education can play in preventing violence and creating a less violent future.

“A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice” – Peace and Justice Studies Association + The Gandhi-King Conference – Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, USA (October 21-23, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

5th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education – National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, Eugene, OR, USA (October 26-28, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Is War Inevitable? An Interdisciplinary Conference – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, USA (February 25, 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

Educational Programs (Workshops and Trainings)

Please note that only newly submitted workshops/trainings will contain a full description. All workshops/trainings that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed by date with a link to follow for more information.  For a calendar view of upcoming workshops and trainings  please visit the Global Campaign Community Calendar.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2011 – Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA (May 9 – June 17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer courses in Human Rights and Conflict Transformation – Syracuse University study abroad in Strasbourg, France (May 21 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Conflict Resolution in the South Caucasus – Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (May 27 – June 5, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Transition from Conflict to Peace & Nonviolence (TCPN) – Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP) at Baku, Azerbaijan (June 1-14, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

M.A. Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding – European Graduate School (EGS), Saas-Fee, Switzerland (Summer 2011-2013)
For more information click on the link above.

Metta Mentors Nonviolence Immersion Program – Berkeley, CA, USA (June 3 – August 12, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

2011 Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Winnipeg, MB, Canada (June 6-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Human Rights Education: Addressing Global Challenges – "Global Education - The Human Rights Dimension" – North South Centre (NSC) and The Network University (TNU) online course (June 6 – July 1, 2011)
This introductory online training course on global education (GE), with a particular focus on human rights (HR), targets practitioners in the field of education and development, teachers, social and youth workers, as well as policy-makers, civil servants and local and regional authorities. The course has been designed to complement the Global Education Guidelines and exercises aim at developing competences in the fields of team-building, mapping of GE/HR situation in participants’ countries, GE/HR strategies and GE/HR activity development.

Mediation Training and Apprenticeship Program – Safe Horizon, New York, NY, USA (June 9-13, 2011, followed by 12-week Apprenticeship)
For more information click on the link above.

Transformative Learning Center Summer Institute 2011 – University of Toronto, Canada (June 12 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation &  Post-War Stabilisation, Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR) – International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania (June 13-17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

12th INCORE International Summer School – University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK (June 13-17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer Peace Institute on Human Security and Peacebuilding “Problems without passports: Current world issues of human security” – University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and University for Peace (UPEACE), San José, Costa Rica (June 13 – July 15, 2011)  
For more information click on the link above.

Peacebuilding Organizations and Institutions – US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, USA (June 14-17, 2011)
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2011 International Summer Course on Social Responsibility – Education Center for Development at UNIMINUTO University, Bogotá, Colombia (June 17 – July 15, 2011)
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Summer School on the International Criminal Court – Irish Centre for Human Rights – Galway, Ireland (June 19-23, 2011)
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Summer Institute on Teaching Peace in the 21st Century – Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA (June 19-24, 2011)
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Fletcher Summer Institute – International Center for Nonviolent Conflict and Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA (June 19-25, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peace Education in the 21st Century Classroom: Theory, Reflection and Action – OISE Transformative Learning Summer Institute – University of Toronto, Canada (June 20-23, 2011)
This course will provide participants with a solid foundation in peace education theory and concepts, exploring the relevance of peace education concepts to participants’ personal lives and professional roles. The participants will also explore how to apply peace education principles in their current context, develop peace education lessons and activities and engage in meaningful action. The participatory and transformative methodologies of peace education will be used throughout the course, making this a highly interactive workshop. Participants will work to produce a peace education output (lesson plan, project, etc.) at the end of the course.

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes: Improving Sustainability, Impact and Effectiveness in Peacebuilding and Peace Support Operations (DPP) – International Peace and Development Training Center (IPDTC) of the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania (June 20-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Facing History Holocaust & Human Behavior Summer Seminar – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, USA (June 20-24, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

International summer school in "Qualitative research for social justice education" – UCLA and University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy (June 20-25, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

2011 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation – SAIS, Johns Hopkins, Bologna, Italy (June 25 – July 23, 2011)
Participants will undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in their communities and the world. The course work includes modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. Topics include learned mediation, negotiation, facilitation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and societal transformation techniques, leading to a clearer understanding of the dynamics of contemporary conflicts.

The Peaceful Schools Institute – Montgomery and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Session I: June 21-23 and Session II: July 26-28, 2011)
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Peace Education and Curriculum Exchange (PEACE) Workshop – Concordia University, Portland, OR, USA (June 27 – July 1, 2011)
During this one-week summer workshop, middle and high school teachers will explore a variety of ways to incorporate Peace Studies into existing Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum. Space is limited, register today.

Peace and Conflict Resolution Summer Program in London, UK and Amman, Jordan – Foundation for International Education and AMIDEAST (June 22 – July 30, 2011)

Call for Applications – MSc Human Rights and Peacebuilding at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
For more information click on the link above. (Application deadline: June 24, 2011.)

Overseas Religious Engagement – US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, USA (June 27-29, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Educating for the 21st Century – Centre for Executive Education, University for Peace (UPEACE), San José, Costa Rica (June 27 – July 2, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer School for Designing a Society: An Education in Desire and Design – Gesundheit! Institute, Hillsboro, WV, USA (June 29 – July 20, 2011)
The School for Designing a Society, Patch Adams MD and the Gesundheit! Institute invite you to rural West Virginia. This program is for those people who feel 'stuck' in un-caring systems, and who want time, tools, and new ideas to figure out "what next?" During this 3-week program, we'll explore desire and design as an approach to slippery problems in social systems. As any social system is humanly created, not natural, and is maintained daily by human action, we wish to create new social systems, and to change our daily patterns of action. Thus the three weeks are both a 'retreat' and a 'forward': we'll re-charge our batteries in nature and in play, then move forward on our designs of desirable care systems.

International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (July – November 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Summer Academy 2011: “Democracy at School” – European Wergeland Centre (EWC), Warsaw, Poland (July 9-16, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

2011 International Summer School "Understanding the way to human dignity" – Amnesty International Italy, CIRPS, and University Centre of Pomezia, Selva dei Pini College, Rome, Italy (July 11-17, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Delegation to Israel/Palestine –Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Leaders – Interfaith Peace-Builders and American Friends Service Committee (July 16-29, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) – National Peace Academy (NPA), Champlain College in Burlington, VT, USA (July 17-23, 2011)
The PPI is intended to advance the development of the full spectrum of knowledge, skills and capacities of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional. In doing so, it provides a holistic introduction to the theory and practice of peacebuilding and engages participants in cooperative learning experiences, including the preparation of a peacebuilding project proposal to take back to their communities. Deadline for applications: June 17, 2011.

Call for Applicants – The Peace Academy Foundation 4th Post Yugoslav Peace Academy, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (July 17-26, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

International Summer University: "How can the Earth be healed?" – Tamera Peace Research Center, Portugal (July 25 – August 3, 2011)
How does life go on after the breakdown of the political, economic and social megasystems? The Summer University will give an overview of Tamera's research in building future-models and the Global Campus. The Earth can be healed - if we want it, we can manifest it!

Residential Summer Institute Fellowship for K-12 Educators: “Journeys of Nonviolence: Gandhi and Chávez” – Ahimsa Center at Cal Poly Pomona, CA, USA (July 25 – August 8, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for applicants – International Summerschool 'Peace and Human Rights Education’ – Utrecht, the Netherlands (July 31 – August 12, 2011)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for participant applications: July 1, 2011.)

Exploring Humanitarian Law Institute for Educators – American Red Cross, Washington, DC, USA (August 1-4, 2011)
For more information click on the link above or email EHL@usa.redcross.org. (Registration deadline: July 8, 2011.)

Facing History Race & Membership Summer Seminar – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, USA (August 1-5, 2011)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Proposals – International Seminar on Educational Policy and Governance for Citizenship, Diversity, Human Rights and the Environment – Universidade Católica of Brasília (UCB and Universa Foundation, Brasilia, Brazil (August 2-6, 2011)
The main objective of this event is to create a democratic and dialogical space so that graduate students, popular and elementary school educators, principals, specialists, masters and doctors in education and similar areas can discuss, problematize, and position themselves critically in relation to local and global challenges facing educational governance and policy with the aim to promote citizenship, diversity (ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual, religious, linguistic etc.), human rights and environment in a society distinguished by neoliberal globalization. Deadline for proposals: June 3, 2011.

Peace, Security and Development Fellowship for African Scholars (Including M.A. Conflict, Security and Development; and M.A. International Peace and Security) – King’s College London, UK and University of Nairoby, Kenya (September 2011 – March 2012)
 For more information click on the link above.

Peace and Security Fellowships for African Women – King’s College London, UK and University of Nairoby, Kenya (September 2011 – March 2012)
For more information click on the link above.

Call for Applications – International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies – UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Castellón, Spain
For more information click on the link above. (Application deadline: September 2011.)

TechChange Online Courses in "Technology for Social Change" for Fall 2011 (September 5-23 / September 26 – October 14 / October 16 – November 4, 2011)
TechChange trains leaders to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable social change. Administrators and professors: check out some of the next generation online learning simulations, platforms, and courses they're building for organizations and universities. TechChange also delivers their own courses, both online and in-person, on the role of technology in addressing social problems. Apply today to take one of the following three-week skills-based online courses in fall 2011: "New Technologies for Emergency Management", "Global Innovations in Online Organizing" and "Mobile Phones for International Development." Deadline: July 31, 2011.

European Peace University (EPU) MA Programmes – Stadtschlaining, Austria (September 25, 2011 – …)
For more information click on the link above.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights Education – University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ), Lucerne, Switzerland (January-December 2012)
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline: September 30, 2011.)

Call for expression of interest – International Seminar on "Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony" – Department of Education, BTT College, IASE University, Sardarshahr, Rajasthan, India (February 11-13, 2012)
If interested, please email Dr. Surendra Pathak by clicking on the link above.

New online MA on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World – University for Peace (UPEACE), El Rodeo, Costa Rica
The online MA programme on Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World is intended to prepare competent professionals and researchers to be able to resolve pressing and complex global problems that are the concern of humanity, as well as to bring new approaches to old problems through various levels of analysis and action. Every course in this programme shares a commitment to ethics, fundamental human values, gender sensitivity, and multiculturalism.


Publications and Resources

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Working title: Peace education evaluation: Learning from experience and exploring prospects (Information Age Press)
For more information click on the link above. (Proposals due: June 10, 2011; Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2011; Chapters due: November 20, 2011.)

Call for Submissions – “Assessing the Impact of Peace Education Training Programs”
Little research into curricular and attitudinal changes as a result of adults participating in peace education training programs has been conducted. This research seeks to identify the 'multiplier effect' of peace education training programs. In particular, how do such trainings alter the worldviews and pedagogical practices of those undertaking them, and consequently how are these transformations manifest back in the home countries (in schooling and ministries). Deadline: July 31, 2011

Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields
A resource from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

"Evaluating Human Rights Training Activities: A Handbook for Human Rights Educators" – EQUITAS-The International Centre for Human Rights Education and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (free download)
The Handbook aims at strengthening the evaluation of human rights education/training (HRE) activities with a view to increasing their impact. It highlights relevant research and practice in educational evaluation and contains step-by-step guidance, including examples of tools and techniques, to integrate evaluation throughout the entire HRE process including design, delivery and follow-up. The Handbook will be made available in Spanish (September 2011) and French (December 2011) at the same web address.

Call for Papers – Peace, Conflict & Development Journal Special 2011 Issue: “Approaches to Peace & Conflict: What is Missing?”
For more information click on the link above. (The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011.)

PEACE in Action issues its 20th and final issue
After 25 years of publishing, PEACE in Action produces its last issue, featuring various articles, including PEACE as an Organizing Principle by Louise Diamond.

Case Studies and Timelines of Nonviolent Actions and Movements in History
Case studies and timelines made available by the Albert Einstein Institute, the Metta Center for Nonviolence as well as the International Center on Nonviolence Conflict, among others, can be accessed from the link above.

New book – "Engineering Nonkilling: Scientific Responsibility and the Advancement of Killing-Free Societies" – Center for Global Nonkilling (free download)
This new volume raises an important question: what kind of science and applications need to be engineered to work towards a killing-free world? Bringing forward a nonkilling approach to problem-solving, the diverse chapters provide insights into practice of engineering, mathematics, and physics, but are extensible to other sciences, pointing to the potential scope of new research agenda that could benefit from focusing on interplay between science, ethics, philosophy, politics, and human nature. The nonkilling vision of this book goes far beyond the normative stand of rejecting killing. It implies the constructive engagement in societal transformation, where all fields of knowledge need to be thoughtfully applied.

'Wall of Hope' – history of nonviolence
This series of 130 events is illustrated by over 500 graphics, a dozen participatory activities and other resources. As it was originally geared for middle and high school students as well as intro Peace Studies students who helped create it, it has listings not included in other timelines that proved effective for a general audience and uses somewhat less technical language than more recent timelines. Click on the link above and look near the bottom of the right-hand column. For two other online versions of it, look for “Path of Hope at http://www.lutheranpeace.org/ and “Great Peace March” at http://www.salsa.net/peace/timeline.html.

Prácticas en Educación Intercultural – Issue number 3
The third issue of the periodical Practices of Interncultural Education is available at the link above. Individual or collective contributions related to intercultural education are welcome. (in Spanish) El número tres de la revista Prácticas en Educación Intercultural está disponible siguiendo el enlace de arriba. Todos están invitados a participar en esta iniciativa colaborativa remitiéndo trabajos, individuales o colectivos, en torno a la interculturalidad.

IFUW resources
Resources on Education for Peace and Human Security as well as Education for Freedom from Violence compiled by the International Federation of University Women.

Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) Online Teacher Center
As a leading national center for teaching about conflict and social responsibility, ESR has been providing effective and credible resources for teaching important current issues for over 20 years. ESR’s Online Teacher Center provides teaching resources on a range of issues related to international security, conflict resolution, peacemaking, violence prevention, and social responsibility.

Power of Peace Network and Cultural Diversity Day – UNESCO
The Power of Peace Network (PPN) is an initiative supported by UNESCO, with the aim to promote a culture of peace, conflict resolution and dialogue with the youth taking the lead role and through the innovative use of media and ICT.

2011 Alachua County Peace Poetry Contest
A collection of poetry by students of all ages from Alachua County schools, containing the winning poetry from the second annual Alachua County Peace Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Gainesville Chapter of Veterans for Peace.

Richmond Peace Education Center resources
A collection of peace education resources from the Richmond Peace Education Center.


Jobs and Funding Opportunities

Please note that only new submitted job postings will contain a description. All jobs that have been previously published in the newsletter will be listed with a link for more information.

The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline for applications: June 1, 2011.)

Annual Theses/Dissertation Awards: Undergraduate and Graduate – Peace and Justice Studies Association
Theses and dissertations completed between June 2010 and May 2011 are eligible for awards at this year’s conference, with $500 being given to each recipient to help defray expenses to attend and present at the PJSA conference October 21-23 in Memphis, TN, USA. A current list of student research is also available. Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2011.

Various functions – The Culture of Peace Organization (CPO)
For more information click on the link above. (Please respond by June 7, 2011.)

Senior Officer, Promotion of a Culture of Nonviolence and Peace – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland (two years)
Under the IFRC's new strategic framework, "Strategy 2020", the promotion of social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace is one of the top 3 areas of work for the International Federation and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Strategic Aim 3); the promotion of a culture of nonviolence and peace is also one of the 3 top areas of focus for humanitarian diplomacy. The overall goal of this position is to guide the IFRC's work on promoting a culture of non-violence and peace. The position requires a sound understanding, knowledge and analysis of violence, discrimination, social inclusion and peace issues. It equally requires that the needs and aspirations of the National Societies in these regards are fully understood.

Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies – University of Queensland, Australia
The School of Political Science and International Studies is at the forefront of teaching and research in international relations and peace and conflict studies in Australia. The primary purpose of the position is to expand the School's teaching and research capabilities in the area of peace and conflict studies. The role will involve undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision, with the successful applicant making an active contribution to the School's offerings in peace and conflict studies. An important aspect of the role will be maintenance of a productive program of research in the area of peace and conflict studies. Closing date: June 20, 2011.

Peace Studies Faculty Position – Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite College at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada (beginning July 1, 2012)
For more information click on the link above. (The College will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2011.)

Call for applications – Rotary Peace Fellowship
For more information click on the link above. (Deadline is August 15, 2011.)

Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grants
For more information click on the link above. (Submission deadline is February 1, 2012.)

National Peace Essay Contest 2011-2012 – United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
For more information click on the link above. (Contest deadline is February 1, 2012.)

Year-Long Paid International Education Program/Communications Fellowship, One Voice, New York, NY, USA
OneVoice is seeking a creative graduate student or recent graduate to work as a communications fellow in the New York office. The OneVoice International Education Program (IEP) was founded six years ago in response to growing polarization across U.S. campuses and communities regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through speaking tours, trainings, and membership-building, OneVoice aims to bring diverse U.S. students together in support of mutual understanding and conflict resolution.

Grants for human rights education activities – OHCHR ACT Project 7th phase
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the seventh phase (2011-2012) of the ACT (Assisting Communities Together) Project. The ACT Project supports human rights education, training and public information activities conceived and carried out by civil society organizations by means of small grants (up to 7,000 USD).

Curriculum Development Internship – Connect To Learn, New York, NY, USA (summer 2011)
The intern will be required to work with other colleagues to develop a curricular framework around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Connect To Learn's School-to-School Connections program. This program links schools in the USA with schools in Africa. The curricular framework should include lesson plans, student activities, student’s perceptions of these activities around the content of the MDG’s.

Primary and Pre-Primary Teachers – Peace Education Foundation, New Delhi, India
For the Primary Teacher posting, click here. For the Pre-Primary Teacher posting, click here.