NPA VP for Academic Affairs co-organizes conference on “Reconstructing Peace Studies: Assessing New Knowledge & Outcomes”

The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College, and the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) organized a conference on “Reconstructing Peace Studies: Assessing New Knowledge & Outcomes” from March 20-23 in Huntingdon, PA. Tony Jenkins, NPA’s VP for Academic Affairs, helped to coordinate the program in his role as a board member of PJSA.

The conference was developed upon the premise that institutions of higher education around the globe are being pressed to identify and assess program goals and student learning outcomes for every field of study. The purpose of this conference was to begin a conversation engaging these questions for the field of Peace Studies. The event was organized as a working conference to help determine how we identify, name and assess the knowledge, attitudes and skills that students studying in a Peace Studies program should encounter and develop as part of their studies, as well as assessment strategies at both course and program levels. Working groups were formed around several themes, including the social and political purposes of the field(s), knowledge, skills and attitudes, program assessment and methods for teaching peace studies.  Working groups are preparing reports and several intend to continue working together to publish findings and host roundtables and workshops at the upcoming PJSA conference to be held in San Diego in October.

NPA Co-Sponsors “Singers in the Band” Screening and Symposium

SingersINBand_imageSingers in the Band” is a powerful documentary by Academy Award winning producer-director David Goodman that features unique and shocking actual footage of the process and actors in the military sex trade from the Philippines to US military bases in Korea. The film screening, panel and the participant discussion sought to provide an understanding of the cultural and political underpinnings that give rise to and sustain military sex trafficking and possibilities to confront these crimes against women.

An expert panel explored the issues and remedial possibilities. Col. Ann Wright, former career military and diplomat addressed violence against women in the military and in communities hosting US military bases; Rabbi Jon Cutler, a US Navy chaplain who appears in the film spoke to the military culture which normalizes abusive sexual behavior; and Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Founding Director of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders spoke of the possibilities of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 to address military violence against women.

Held at Fordham Law School, the event was co-organized by the International Institute on Peace Education and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders with the cosponsorship of Anglican Women’s Empowerment, The Biosophical Institute, CONNECT, Equality Now, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders: a project of I-CAN, The Interfaith Council of New York, The International Institute on Peace Education, Network for Peace Through Dialogue, Okinawa Women Act Against, Military Violence, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Council for Curriculum and Instruction.

4 new initiatives at NPA!

community_photoThe National Peace Academy has been effectively contributing to a culture of peace for five years and we are ready to increase capacity and do even more.  Recently we applied our peacebuilding peacelearning skills to reflect and consider the next steps in our journey — you will love this because you have helped NPA get to where it is today.  What follows are NPA’s next steps and we invite you to invest in making our impact even greater. We need your help to support four new/expanded NPA projects.    Together we will build on our past successes and continue to take a holistic approach through the five spheres – personal, social, institutional, political and ecological. We know you will be as excited as we are by these possibilities. The following areas are prototype ideas still under development – places where we think we bring something new, can enhance what is already happening, or can build on what we’ve already done well. In the coming weeks, be watching for more information about each of these ideas.

  • Community Peacebuilding:  Building Safe, Healthy, Sustainable Communities (Communities of Peace)
  • School Teacher and Administrator Training in Peace Education:  Countering Violence in Schools and Communities (Professional Seminars in Designing Peace-based Interventions)
  • Communities of Practice: Learning and Planning for Change 
    (formerly Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive)
  • National Dialogues:  Convening Community Conversations about the Issues Important to Us and that Shape Society

So, here’s where you come in. There are three critical ways you can help NPA launch these initiatives:

  1. First, watch for more information about each of these prototype initiatives coming very soon!  And help spread the word.
  2. Secondly, please let us know your thoughts on these prototype initiatives.  As you learn more about each of these prototypes, we’d love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, questions and more! Email Kristin at kristin@nationalpeaceacademy.us
  3. And thirdly, we ask you to make a personal investment in bringing about a culture of peace by donating generously to help NPA take these initiatives to the field as boldly as possible.

Thank you so much for your generous participation in this endeavor to bend history toward peace. In peace and gratitude, All of us at NPA