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Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2011

For more information on the Summer Peacebuilding Institute or to register, go to www.emu.edu/spi or call 540.432.4490.

Below are a sampling of courses we're offering at this year's Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Every year SPI welcomes practitioners from around the globe to partake in trainings and take courses for academic credit.

"Building Justice: Transitional and Indigenous Applications in Post-war Contexts": When violent conflict divides a society, as Desmond Tutu once pointed out, it leaves in its wake trauma, broken trust, and discord--and no roadmap to find the way out. This course will focus on understanding and embracing a form of justice that satisfies human need, and will examine contemporary applications of justice in post-war settings. It will cover key theories and a multi-disciplinary approach to justice, and will also compare and critique contemporary structures such as the International Criminal Court, truth and reconciliation commissions, and restitution and reparation practices. Special emphasis will be given to innovations in hybrid justice models and practices that encourage the inter-generational transmission of restorative justice and a concern for the common good . Taught by Carl Stauffer, June 13-17, 2011.

"A Systems Approach to Organizational Conflict: Transforming Conflict in Your Organization": Conflicts within organizations are often seen as personality clashes or a breakdown in communication between two people or groups, but many can't be truly transformed until the systemic roots of the conflict have been uncovered and understood. This course will encourage participants to see conflict in organizations as a function of the relationship systems within the organization. Participants will first examine their own family of origin through the lens of family systems theory and then adapt that theoretical framework to assess an organization and its conflict dynamics. This is a highly interactive course, utilizing case study and role-play methodology and concluding with the opportunity to study an actual organization. Taught by David Brubaker and Roxy Allen of InsideNGO, May 19-27, 2011.

About SPI: Intended for people active in peacebuilding and related fields, SPI offers three 7-day sessions and one 5-day session, each with five or six intensive courses running concurrently, for academic credit or as professional training. SPI 2011, the 16th annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute, will be held from May 9 to June 17 at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, (with an intensive English for Peacebuilding pre-course May 3-7).

SPI 2011 will offer courses of use to practitioners, students, and those interested in learning more about peacebuilding. There are courses in restorative justice, trauma awareness and healing, mediation, reconciliation, conflict analysis, research and theory. Several courses operate at the intersection of conflict transformation with a related field: development, public policy, human rights, identity, faith, and consensus-building.

Within each course, participants will be challenged and encouraged to reflect and share. Stimulating conversations with people in other courses and from other places expand the learning exponentially.

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