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Nobel Peace Prize 2018: a teachable moment

This Nobel Prize presents a teachable moment.  Too few are aware of how integral violence against women (VAW) is to war and armed conflict. VAW will continue to exist as long as war exists.  Eliminating VAW is not about making war somehow “safer” or more “humanitarian.”  Reducing and eliminating VAW is dependent on the abolition of war. 

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Challenging the Dominant Power Paradigm: Critical Learning about Alternative Peace Thinking

The Global Campaign for Peace Education is pleased to share with you an ongoing dialogical encounter among peace educators Betty Reardon and Dale Snauwaert. The original intention of this exchange was to introduce alternatives to standard thinking on global problems through focusing on the work of those who manifest such thinking. These encounters are also a model of peace learning process toward transformative structural change to resolve a global problem.

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Parkland: A Call for Dignity

By demanding gun safety, Parkland students are reclaiming their dignity. They are announcing that they are awake to the humiliation of realizing that a “Great America” is not protecting their lives in what should be one of the safest locations: our schools. They are awake to the indignity of living in a society that allows powerful interest groups to weave sticky webs of manipulation that block gun-safety legislation. Furthermore, these students are becoming awake to the intricate systems of humiliation coordinated by public and private forces that wash their hands of responsibility while they spread a lucrative gospel of the right to carry combat weapons.

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Peace-building with Care and Compassion

We live in a world in which militarism predominates political responses to conflict by world leaders. Nel Noddings explores how this situation is representative of the conflicting moral codes that have operated during times of war and peace and how and why the situation prevails and permeates political thinking and action and infiltrates our educational programs. It reveals our muddled morality not only at a political level, but within community attitudes towards war and how we are to work to create peace in our everyday lives. This original article by Ann Mason invites exploration of Nel Noddings’ research and writings to peace education development and discusses how her ideas echo the sentiments expressed by other significant voices for peace.

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Current Synergies and Future Collaborations: Possibilities for Peace Studies and Interfaith Leadership

Eboo Patel and Kristi Del Vecchio of Interfaith Youth Core encourage peace education and peace studies practitioners
to increase consideration of religious and philosophical diversity in their teaching. They also invite reciprocal collaboration toward integrating foundational ideas and methodologies from peace studies — such as non-violent conflict resolution skills — into the preparation of interfaith leaders.

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Learning for Inclusive Leadership for Sustainable Peace

Looking at home and abroad, one experiences a rising tide of conflict and tension that permeates our world; societies divided along political and ideological fault lines, massive humanitarian crises, mass global migration, violent extremism, climate change denial and progressive action, environmental degradation and species extinction, and faltering old and fluctuating new economies. In short, these are the challenges of our times–wicked problems without easy solutions. Some of us remain hopeful in the power of peace education to transform individuals and the world. In that spirit, the educators among the readership here may ask the following questions: How do we create deep learning experiences for our students that are rooted in placed-based, experiential learning and also connected to global vision and initiatives? How do we inspire future leaders to dedicate their work toward alleviating violence and suffering and building sustainable peace?

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A call to Address Identity-based Violence through Teach-ins at American* Universities

While identity violence is not unique to the US it is in our own society that we have the opportunity and responsibility to take civic action toward overcoming it. American universities have a history of rising to such challenges, producing responses of learning/action on campuses across the country. The IIPE believes that the new epidemics of hate, particularly Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, should be similarly confronted by the academic community. We invite you to share resources and join us in undertaking teach-ins on campuses and in communities across the US and around the world.

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International Institute on Peace Education 2017: Innsbruck, Austria

The 2017 International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE) will be held in Innsbruck, Austria from August 27 to September 2, 2017. Exploring the theme of “Aesthetic Peaces: Social, Political & Embodied Learning – Responses for Human & Planetary Survival,” IIPE 2017 is being organized in partnership with the IIPE Secretariat, members of the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge, and the MA Program and UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck.

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Reflections from a Peace Educator on the Possibility of Peace in Colombia

Amada Benavides de Perez is President of Fundación Escuelas de Paz, a peace education NGO in Colombia. She attended the September 26 signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC. She and colleagues have been working tirelessly developing and training networks of formal and non-formal networks for decades, contributing to the foundational peacebuilding work making the possibility of the agreement possible. In the coming months, Fundacion Escuelas de Paz will be coordinating peace education efforts in territories formerly controlled by the FARC.

In this message, Amada offers her reflections on a turbulent week that began with hope, only to collide with confusion and exasperation. We stand in solidarity with Amada, the peace educators and the citizens of Colombia for their continued courage in pursuit of peace through education.

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