Good Greetings, Please share the following information about our Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute 2004 with your friends and colleagues. I thank you for your kind assistance. Saji Prelis Program Director, Peacebuilding & Development Institute American University, School of Int'l Service Washington, D.C. USA 202-885-2014 http://www.american.edu/sis/peacebuilding ---------- PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE 2004 American University Washington, DC Week I: June 28 - July 2 Week II: July 5 - July 9 Week III: July 12 - July 16 PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE The Peacebuilding and Development Institute provides knowledge, practical experience and skills for scholars and practitioners involved in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. There are two components to the institute: one is the summer professional training program and the other is the year-round practical training, capacity building, and curriculum development programs in conflict areas. The summer professional training institute focuses on various approaches to mediation, negotiation, facilitation, reconciliation and dialogue, particularly in conflict-torn and developing regions. Participants will explore innovative methods of promoting cultural diversity with respect to; public policy, community and religion, war and post-conflict environments, while expanding their knowledge and skills in a participatory and interactive learning environment. Participants in the summer institute will be exposed to leading national and international professionals in the fields of public policy, conflict resolution, and development. INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program, housed within the School of International Service at American University, is designed for students and faculty who want to better understand the causes of war and violence and the conditions for constructing peace. IPCR?s philosophy is based on four underlying principles: the impact of culture on political activity, examination of social and economic justice issues, environmental balance, and a value explicit approach that favors peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY American University is a nationally and internationally recognized university. The School of International Service (SIS) is the largest school of international relations in the United States. SIS aims to foster knowledge and cooperation through teaching, research and public dialogue. Through a carefully designed combination of scholarly breadth and concrete experience, faculty challenges their students to care about the moral, philosophical, and practical implications of an interdependent world. THE SUMMER INSTITUTE The summer institute is a unique training program designed to give foreign aid workers, government officials, conflict resolution and development practitioners practical skills to complement their daily work in conflict affected areas. The Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute is one of the first academic programs specifically organized to bridge the two issues of peacebuilding and development. The summer 2003 institute welcomed 106 participants from 26 countries that spanned all continents and many conflict areas. The participants came from varying backgrounds ranging from international agencies such as OAS, UNDP, CARE, USAID, and UNHCR, to oil companies, teachers, and small non-governmental organizations. They were joined by master?s degree students from the International Peace & Conflict Resolution and the International Development programs at the School of International Service at American University. The summer institute engages participants in a wide variety of social and academic events in Washington, DC, bridging cultural gaps and establishing a dynamic community in the process. Last year?s summer institute provided the opportunity for a dialogue with the UN through a live videoconference that was also broadcast live over the internet. In addition, a networking reception, 4th of July celebrations, a grant writing workshop, storytelling, panel discussions, and dinner/social gathering opportunities were also offered. The participant evaluations have expressed their appreciation of the cultural and intellectual diversity in the classroom. CERTIFICATE IN PEACEBUILDING Participants in the Summer Institute may also register to complete a 15 credit hour graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding, with concentrations in Conflict Resolution, Conflict and Development, or Human Rights, which is designed to illuminate the interfaces among these important fields of professional practice. Please visit the Institute website for additional information about this exciting opportunity. WEEK I June 28 - July 2, 2004 Choose from one of these three courses Course 1: Religion & Culture in Conflict Resolution with Mohammed Abu-Nimer This course focuses on the impact of cultural and religious factors in peacebuilding processes. Participants explore the role of cultural and religious identities in peacebuilding, and gain concrete skills and approaches to integrate with their ongoing work. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an Associate Professor at American University, has intervened and conducted training workshops in many parts of the world, among them: Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and the United States. He recently authored Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice (Lexington, 2001) and has a forthcoming book on nonviolence and peacebuilding in Islam: Theory and Practice (University Press of Florida, 2003). Course 2: Bridging Human Rights, Conflict Resolution & Development with Diana Chigas This integrative gateway course builds the participants? understanding of the connections and tensions of human rights, development and conflict intervention. Participants are introduced to the values, norms, techniques and processes used by practitioners in the three fields, and have an opportunity to reflect on what each field can contribute to the other. Diana Chigas, is a Senior Associate at Conflict Management Group and a Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Tufts University?s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In her role at Conflict Management Group, Ms. Chigas provides strategic advice, third party facilitation and training to diplomats, economic and trade officials and government leaders in negotiation and conflict resolution. Course 3: Political Negotiation in Latin America with Graciela Tapia The course will focus on the nexus between democratic governance, peaceful approaches to conflict resolution, and development in Latin American and Caribbean contexts. It is geared towards individuals from government and civil society who are positioned to play important roles in managing and resolving complex political issues in their countries. Graciela (Gachi) Tapia is a lawyer and a mediator from Argentina and until recently was the Executive Director of Partners for Democratic Change National Center in Argentina. She comes to the Institute through a partnership with the Organization of American States and has conducted high level trainings throughout Latin America. WEEK II July 5 - July 9, 2004 Choose from one of these three courses Course 1: Development in Conflict: Practical Approaches to Recovery with Kimberly Maynard This course is designed specifically for the individual and organization working in conflict-affected and structurally violent developing countries. It is aimed at those interested in acquiring analytical and practical skills in helping countries overcome the social, physical, and economic destruction of violence. With an emphasis on practical application supported by conceptual and theoretical foundations, it centers on operational considerations and approaches, strategy and goal development, program design methods and skills, and various types of analyses. It will include such conceptual approaches as community-driven development, do no harm, human security, and conflict impact mapping and draw on the practical experience of both the participants and the professor. Kimberly Maynard, has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private foundations on disaster and humanitarian issues for 23 years. Her fieldwork includes such complex emergencies such as Bosnia, Burundi and Kosovo to name a few. She has written on such issues as community participation in post-conflict settings, grassroots psychosocial recovery from conflict and the healing process in post-conflict settings. Course 2: Training for Trainers in Peacebuilding & Development with Mohammed Abu-Nimer This course utilizes training approaches and explores their practical applications in peacebuilding and development contexts. It focuses on skills and approaches for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective training courses in conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and democracy and governance. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an Associate Professor at American University, has intervened and conducted training workshops in many parts of the world, among them: Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and the United States. He recently authored Reconciliation, Justice and Coexistence: Theory and Practice (Lexington, 2001) and has a forthcoming book on nonviolence and peacebuilding in Islam: Theory and Practice (University Press of Florida, 2003). Course 3: Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution with Ronald Fisher and Brian Mandell This interactive course provides an overview of useful conceptual tools (models, concepts, theories) for understanding violent and protracted conflict between racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and other identity groups, and constructive methods (negotiation, mediation, consultation, training) for addressing such conflicts. Through a combination of lecture/discussions, analytical exercises, role plays and simulations, participants will come to appreciate the dynamics of destructive conflict and learn practical approaches for its de-escalation and resolution. Ron Fisher is a Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, where he teaches courses in approaches to peace, conflict resolution, and third party intervention. He is a social psychologist, who has published in many of the interdisciplinary journals in peace studies and conflict resolution, and who has twenty-five years of training and consultation experience at the domestic and international levels. In 2003 he received the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, a Division of the American Psychological Association. Brian Mandell is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Executive Director of the Negotiation Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he teaches courses in conflict resolution and negotiation with an emphasis on facilitation and consensus building in addressing protracted policy disputes at both the domestic and international levels. He is a political scientist and international relations specialist, who studies contentious and protracted conflicts with a view to integrating theory and practice in his teaching and writing, and who has provided training to a variety of audiences in the United States and abroad. WEEK III July 12 - July 16, 2004 Choose from one of these three courses Course 1: Gender & Peacebuilding in a Development Context with Julie Mertus This course examines the role of governmental and nongovernmental actors in addressing gender issues in peacebuilding and post-conflict development projects. Making full use of its location in Washington D.C., the course exposes participants to a number of individuals who present specific examples of gender programming at three levels of activity: the local or grassroots, the state or national level, and international institutions and other multinational spaces. Julie Mertus, in an Assistant Professor at American University?s School of International Service and co-director of the Ethics and Peace M.A. program. She was formerly a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Fulbright Fellow (Romania) and Counsel to Human Rights Watch. She has extensive field experience in the Balkans and has worked on human rights projects in over a dozen countries worldwide. Course 2: Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding & Development with Claudia Liebler This interactive and practical course is for participants who enjoy a creative learning environment that encourages ?out of the box? thinking and experimentation. The course will introduce participants to some of the most innovative approaches for change of our times that have application for both peacebuilders and development practitioners. It will draw on the newly released book: Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding: A Resource for Innovators. Positive approaches are having success in building common vision among diverse stakeholders, mobilizing elements of a community, building improbable partnerships, eliciting cooperation where none has existed before and focusing participants on the positive change core existing in every human system. Claudia Liebler, has been involved with international development for 30 years, with experience in 28 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She was co-founder of the Global Excellence in Management Initiative of Case Western Reserve University, which for seven years provided training and consultation in Appreciative Inquiry for development NGO?s worldwide. Course 3: Arts Approaches to Peacebuilding with Babu Ayindo In what ways can we accentuate the power of art to transform conflicts and enrich peacebuilding work? How can the arts contribute to social justice, healing and dialogue? This course explores various arts approaches to peacebuilding, drawing from a variety of traditions. Emphasis is given to integrating Story-telling, Photography, Image Theater and Forum Theater. Participants will engage in skills practice to enhance imagination and creativity in exploring arts approaches to peacebuilding. Babu Ayindo is a Lecturer at the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Program, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia. He is the founding artistic director of the Amani People's Theatre in Kenya. He has conducted trainings in art and peacebuilding throughout Africa, Austria, UK, US, and Australia. He has facilitated, published and performed in many theatre productions on art and healing. As an international trainer and practitioner, he has bridged the fields of theatre, reconciliation and peacebuilding through Theatre and other mediums of creative expression. TUITION AND FEES Non-credit Tuition: $735 per course. Credit Tuition (2 Credit): $1,754 per course. International Participants Participants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are responsible for obtaining necessary visas. For more information, please contact the Program Administrator at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. HOUSING On-campus housing is available on a limited basis. Sign up early to take advantage of the on-campus housing option. The applicants are responsible for securing their own housing arrangements. For more information, please contact the Summer Housing Office directly at (202) 885-3370, or email: email@example.com For the most complete information available for housing, please see the website located at: http://www.american.edu/ocl/reslife/summer_housing_conferences/intern_housin g.cfm FINANCIAL AID There are four need-based tuition scholarships available. The scholarship will pay for one week of tuition, and you will be responsible for paying for the second week, at least. The Scholarship deadline is Wednesday, March 31st 2004. For more information, please contact the Program Administrator at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. To apply for the Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute go On-line at: www.american.edu/sis/peacebuilding APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 30th 2004 Email the completed application to: <email@example.com> or fax it to 1-202-885-2494 For questions call Saji Prelis at: 1-202-885-2014 or email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Mailing address: Saji Prelis Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute 2004 School of International Service American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016-8071 USA ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. 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