The 8th Annual Graduate Education Symposium, DC

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    International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program

    School of International Service

    American University

    Washington, DC

    October 27, 2018


    The event is being hosted by the Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The date is chosen in coordination with the AfPAnnual Conference (October 24-26) in Washington, DC.

    The graduate education symposium provides a forum for educators, administrators, practitioners, staff and students of Master’s and Doctoral programs in peace studies, peacebuilding, and conflict analysis and resolution to discuss how academic programs are training the next generation of scholar-practitioners, to share curricular, skills building and administrative innovations, and to foster collaborative interaction and learning among programs. This year’s symposium follows on seven previous annual meetings on various topics that have gathered an increasing number of graduate programs engaged in a combination of domestic and international conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities.


    Register Here – $10 Registration Fee

    (Please note, you will be prompted to create an account. This is not required to register. Please exit the account login prompt and proceed to register as normal)


    The theme for this year’s symposium emphasizes the importance of professional skills training in the preparation of graduates, and the sessions will be designed to showcase developments, such as combining internet-based information provision followed by face-to-face training sessions, and to discuss issues, such as the need to include skills in conflict resolution service (e.g., mediation) alongside skills that support advocacy In the pursuit of social justice (e.g., nonviolent action). An invitation for proposals will follow shortly for workshops, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions to bring forward your innovations, aspirations andchallenges that you are facing in providing professional skills training to your students.




    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm: Keynote Address – Bridget Moix, Senior US Representative, Peace Direct

    2:45 pm to 3:00 pm: Coffee/ Tea Break

    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Three concurrent panel discussions

    Panel I – Skills Training in Changing Contexts

    Panel II – Creative Approaches to Skills Training

    Panel III – Skills Training for Young People

    5:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Action Plan and Wrap-Up

    Symposium Planning Committee



    Ron Fisher, American University Pushpa Iyer, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    Brian Kitz, Georgetown University Agnieszka Paczynska, Goerge Mason University
    Mary Hope Schwoebel, Nova Southeastern University Necla Tschirgi, University of San Diego
    Adam Wolf, Alliance for Peacebuilding




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