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From October 25 – 28, my daughter, Kaiya and I were in Birmingham, AL for the 2017 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference.
This was the third peace and justice related conference she and I attended this year, and just as in the past, it was a special and remarkable experience.
This year I returned to the wonderful city of Memphis, TN to attend and facilitate a workshop at the Gandhi-King Conference. This was my sixth time attending the conference and this year the experience was that much more special because I got to share it with my (just turned) five-year old daughter, Kaiya.
There are a number of reasons why I love this conference, which happens every year and always takes place in Memphis. This year I facilitated a workshop, “Podcasting for Peace” during which I and the participants co-created an episode of the Peace Frequency – a podcast series I host and produce at the United States Institute of Peace. The series taps into the stories of people across the globe who are making peace possible and finding ways to create a world free of violent conflict. Through the co-creation process, participants learned about how the podcast series came to be and some of the ways in which I structure the episodes and facilitate conversation with guests. That was the main reason I came to Memphis, but the day to day experience is worth documenting.
This is another post about the Music of Nonviolent Action event that I helped organize and facilitate back in June of this year.
This post was written by Viola Granger and originally appeared on the United States Institute of Peace’s Olive Branch blog.
In Libya’s 2011 uprising, protesters pumped loud music from radios or CD players in the streets in front of government buildings, then fled from the inevitable rush of security forces. The nonviolent early days of Egypt’s revolution that same year spawned a raft of new independent music groups. In Turkey, the “Song of Pots and Pans” exhorts political leaders to stop their lies and repressive tactics.
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Tagged arash sobhani, egypt, freedom beat, iran, kiosk, Lebanon podcast, Maria Stephan, music, nonviolence, nonviolent action, peace, protest, Timothy O'Keefe, turkey, united states institute of peace, usip
This week I have the privilege of attending and presenting at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies’ Summer Institute for Teaching Peace in the 21st Century. This institute brings together college and university educators from various disciplines to Notre Dame for the week to learn about, strategize, develop a plan for how to create or enhance peace studies programs at their schools. This year’s institute brings together educators from several African universities as well, from Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
On Thursday, I will be facilitating two sessions that introduce the participants to USIP’s catalog of online courses and to help them think of ways to integrate these courses into their budding programs.
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Tagged conflict, conflict transforamtion, education, George Lopez, john paul lederach, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, nonviolence, Notre Dame, peace, peace and justice studies, peace eduction, peace research, peace studies, peacebuilding, summer institute, united states institute of peace, usip
This past Tuesday, USIP and the Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum co-hosted and event at USIP presenting an exciting new movie followed by a panel discussion on the intersection between music and nonviolent civic action.
My USIP colleague, Maria Stephan, and my Freedom Beat partner, Timothy O’Keefe envisioned this event and over the course of several weeks we worked with our friends and USIP and with the CPRF to organize a great event that brought in over 75 people to USIP to explore an exciting topic in a creative way.
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Tagged arash sobhani, asphalt, civil resistance, egypt, iran, kiosk, middle east, music, nonviolence, nonviolent action, pots and pans, resistance, turkey, usip
This past weekend I gave a TEDx talk at American University. The theme of the event was “Exploring Our Global Future.” The title of my talk was, “Bridging the Distance: Teaching and Learning Peace Online.” In short, the talk laid out my reasons for believing in online learning as a valuable development in the field of education and how online learning can be infused with the values of peace and nonviolence. I also lay out in the talk what I have come to call, “The Seven Blossoms of Peace Education,” which is a pedagogical framework that any educators can apply to their work to integrate peace and nonviolence into their classrooms.
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Tagged American University, au, distance learning, george bernard shaw, james lawson, nonviolence, online education, online learning, peace, peace education, Robert Kennedy, teaching, TED, TEDx, usip
This past October I gave the keynote presentation at the Teaching about Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Conference at Montgomery Community College and the video was uploaded to YouTube just a couple weeks ago.
The event brought together a great group of community college educators interested in establishing and developing peace and conflict studies programs at their respective colleges. The goal of my presentation was to introduce and outline some of the foundational concepts within the peace and conflict studies field and share some pedagogical approaches for becoming a peace educator, no matter the subject matter you teach or age group with whom you work.
If you want to check it out, I would love any comments or feedback on my cave and blossom analogies :). Enjoy.
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Tagged conflict, david smith, direct violence, johan galtung, Martin Luther King Jr, men engage, MLK, montgomery community college, negative peace, peace, peacebuilding, positive peace, search for common ground, seeds of peace, structural violence
This weekend I gave the keynote presentation at the Teaching about Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar at Montgomery College. The conference brought together over 30 community college professors from across the country teaching in a variety of fields and all interested in incorporating peace and conflict studies into their work. I was invited to give the keynote address by the conference organizer, David Smith, an education and peacebuilding consultant who has for many years now been working with community college helping them build and develop peace and conflict studies program.
The title of my presentation was, “Teaching Our Way Out of the Cave: How Peace and Conflict Educators Are Challenging War, Violence, and Human Suffereing.” The title at first might seem a bit obscure, but for the past few years I have been using the metaphor of a cave to explain the differences between direct violence and structural violence and the difference between negative peace approaches and positive peace approaches to addressing those different kinds of violence.
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Tagged cave analogy, daily show, david smith, direct violence, Elise Boulding, Ian Harris, jon stewart, malala yousafzi, montgomery college, negative peace, peace education, positive peace, seven blossoms of peace education, structural violence