Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation across Borders in Ecuador: Call for Applications (due March 21)

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce the second annual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders will take place from June 5-24, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The program will focus on conflict and peace in border regions.

Call for Student Papers: 12th Annual Morton Deutsch Awards for Social Justice

The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is sponsoring the 12th annual Morton Deutsch Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper on Social Justice. Morton Deutsch, one of the world’s preeminent psychologists, has made significant contributions over the many years of his career in the areas of conflict resolution and social justice. The Morton Deutsch Awards are designed to recognize innovative scholarship and practice in the area of social justice. Papers are due February 15.

Waging Peace in Our Schools: Beginning with the Children

This article by Linda Lantieri (1995) looks at The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) began in New York City. This program is for teachers, students, administrators, and parents who seek to make schools and society more peaceful through creative means. RCCP was developed because of the increasing statistics of violent acts that take place in U.S. schools and the increasing number of suicides and homicides by young people. RCCP helps people recognize different ways to resolve conflicts through peaceful means rather than through the violent acts young people see perpetuated in the media.

Now Accepting Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges. Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, the United States, Sweden and Thailand.

Conflict-Mitigation: Philosophy & Methodology. Peace Education Miniprints No. 56.

Jan Oberg (1994) describes conflict-mitigation as a concept and methodology that emphasizes a broad societal understanding of conflicts obtained mainly through in-depth interviewing with many and varied actors. Developed through the work by the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), the conflict-mitigation process is intended to serve a number of purposes.

Pre-deciding About Violence

Elizabeth and Lionel Traubman (2015) argue that pre-deciding about violence, beginning at home and then rippling out globally, is the most urgent need of our time. It is our best hope in this era of widespread atomic, biological, and chemical weapons when even a few people can do a lot of harm. Whether with physical punishment or all-out war, the stunning paradox of our time is that rejecting violence and dignifying our adversary – not humiliating, harming, or excluding – is the response that gets the best results.

Peace Education and Conflict Resolution through the Expressive Arts in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education

This paper by Blythe Hinitz & Aline Stomfay-Stitz (1999) suggests several modes of expressive arts may be especially appropriate for peace education and conflict resolution instruction in early childhood and teacher education classrooms. This paper explores the integration of the concepts and processes of peace education and conflict resolution through an examination of current research and professional development publications, as well as observations made in selected U.S. early education and teacher education classrooms.

Trends in Peace Education (1998)

This ERIC Digest reviews the development and status of peace education in the United States in 1998. After briefly surveying the peace education movement from its origins with a small group of educators in New England in the 1800s through its stigmatization as being anti-American during periods of hot and cold war, the Digest devotes more attention to recent trends of the 1980s and 1990s.

New GPPAC publication “Creating Spaces for Dialogue – A Role for Civil Society”

Dialogue and mediation is at the heart of the work of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). GPPAC members employ dialogue and mediation as a means for conflict prevention, to decrease tensions during conflict, or as a tool for reconciliation in post-conflict situations. Last week, GPPAC presented its new publication dedicated […]

Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution Fall 2016: An-Najah National University, Palestine

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 opening of Palestine: Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution at An-Najah National University, the #1 ranked university in Palestine. Our semester program is 15 credits at the undergraduate level. It looks at the intricate balances between politics and religion, culture, economics, and human rights with field studies on […]

Tributes for 26 students and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, US in 2012. Picture: REUTERS

Can school mass shootings also happen in South Africa?

(Original article: Mark Potterton, Business Day Live, Nov. 18, 2015) THE American public was momentarily shocked when a student opened fire, killing nine people and injuring nine others in a rural Oregon College. A New York Times investigation found that the shooter, Christopher Harper Mercer, was in the army for one month in 2008, but […]

Term Assistant Professor, Conflict Analysis and Resolution – George Mason University

Term Assistant Professor, Conflict Analysis and Resolution The George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) invites applications for a Term Assistant Professor beginning in August 2016. The position is nontenure-track with an initial term of one year, with the possibility of renewal and promotion. Qualifications: We seek applicants with a commitment to […]

Peace Education in Africa from a Cultural Perspective

Cases Studies from Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia A Study Undertaken for UNESCO By UPEACE AFRICA PROGRAMME, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (November/December 2013) Introduction 1.1 Background There is consensus amongst African scholars in the area of conflict prevention and resolution that Africa possesses various cultural and traditional systems that can be used as educational resources and […]

Peace Education and Conflict Resolution Education across the Globe: Introducing the GPPAC Education Working Group

Gary Shaw Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria Australia (Welcome letter: Issue #71 March / April 2010)   Peace education, conflict resolution education, values education, and peer mediation are just some of the entry points used by practitioners to effect positive change in schools and communities. This can be a complex and tricky […]