Grand Rapids Community College is pleased to announce its second annual Peace Studies Conference, September 27-29, 2010. Experts from around the country and throughout the world will come together to share their research and expertise related to international cooperation and crises, globalization, oppression, colonialism, violent and nonviolent resistance, human rights, and the creation of sustainable peace. All events will take place in the GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC) unless otherwise noted.
Sources of funding for the conference include Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, and the West Michigan Campaign for Love and Forgiveness, a Grant Funded Initiative of the Fetzer Institute.
This conference is a special opportunity for the wider community to learn from diverse analyses of conflict and reconciliation. We hope you will join us.
Registration opens August 1, 2010. More information is available on the conference website (www.grcc.edu/peace).
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The conference will feature the following speakers:
Principles and Motivations Underpinning the Development of the European Union's Security and Defense Policy: from Treaties to Practice
Dr. Karen Devine, Dublin City University
Local Narratives and Global Security: Youth and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East
Dr. Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, Butler University
US Support and Participation in UN and Regional Organization Peacekeeping Operations
Col. Bryan Groves, United States Army
Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute
African Politics, International Development, Democratization, and the Role of Women
Dr. Virginia Beard, Hope College
Religious Factors in the Israeli-Arab Conflict
Brother Donald Mansir, F.S.C. St. Mary's College, Moraga, California
Finding Reconciliation in an Era of Fear
Avraham Burg, Peace Activist, Political Leader, Author, and the first GRCC Diversity Lecture Series Speaker of the year.
Dr. Robert M. Hendershot
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