Experiential Learning Peacebuilding Expedition

September 19th, 2014


Outward Bound Peacebuilding
is a non-profit organization that inspires and challenges leaders in divided societies to work together to build peace. Outward Bound Peacebuilding uses experiential learning techniques to encourage compassionate leadership, develop skills in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and foster respect and trust amongst a network of change agents from around the world. Please find below the details of the 2015 Practicum, and an attached flyer for dissemination to your community.

 

Please contact me if I can provide any further information at either pep@outwardboundpeace.org or 347-746-0461. We greatly appreciate your help.

 

Best regards,

Ana Patel, Executive Director



Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Dates: January 2 – 11, 2015 (arrival on Jan. 1st)

Location: Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica Participants will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

 

What is it?

Designed for young professionals and students who want to get out of the classroom and apply their leadership and conflict resolution skills. PEP is a program that combines a unique outdoor experience with experiential learning techniques in a multicultural environment.

 

Resolving conflict needs a deep understanding of others and nature can create a safe space for experiencing different perspectives. Peace begins with me.

Birikit Terefe, 2013 PEP Participant from Ethiopia

 

What does the program include?

The 10-day experience will include hiking and backpacking through the Costa Rican rainforest, a homestay and service project with a local Costa Rican family, an overnight solo camping experience, waterfall rappel and conclude with a day at the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, U.N. mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. Along the journey participants will learn and practice leadership skills, challenge their own perspectives, explore relevant peacebuilding topics, and develop meaningful relationships with participants who share similar commitments to peace and human dignity.

For more info, visit
http://outwardboundpeace.org/programs/practicum-on-experiential-peacebuilding/

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 12.41.11 PM

 

President of Ghana to speak at Brandeis

September 19th, 2014

The President of the Republic of Ghana, John D. Mahama, will present a talk at Brandeis on Monday, Sept. 29, 12:45-1:45 pm, in the Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the Brandeis community.

In his address, “The Promise of Africa,” President Mahama will discuss recent and current growth and development on the African continent and the need for the international community to support and encourage these new development achievements. He will highlight Ghana’s efforts to attain economic growth and reduce poverty in charting a sustainable course as a stable middle-income country.

Tickets are required to attend the talk and are available at the Shapiro Campus Center box office during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m. The box office will be closed Sept. 25-28 for Rosh Hashanah. Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. One ticket will be issued per Brandeis ID.

Please note that security measures will be in place. No bags, cameras, video cameras, or signs or banners will be allowed in the theater. The Secret Service may also implement other restrictions. Doors will open at 12 noon.

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Sustainable International Development program is sponsoring President Mahama’s talk as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. President Mahama will also meet with President Frederick M. Lawrence and attend a lunch with faculty, staff and students.

24286388

Karpf Hahn Peace Grant

September 15th, 2014

Screen shot 2014-09-15 at 11.12.00 AM

2014 Davis Peace Prize Winners in Action for the Summer

July 9th, 2014

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world.  In this year’s round of applications, four Brandeis students were given grants to spend their summers in India and Israel to work towards their causes.

Abie Troen and Andrea Verdaja are in India filming a documentary promoting the rights and entitlement of Dalit (untouchable) women. Abie and Andrea have made this video, showing some of their work in India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edq0i_NHDzs

Catie Stewart ’16 and Eli Philip’s ’15 are spending their summer in Israel working on their project, “Brandeis University – Al Quds University Student Dialogue Inititative” is working on establishing a long-term dialogue between students of the two universities.

http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/201011/brandeis-gave-up-on-al-quds-its-students-didnt/

Graduation reception

May 12th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.21.33 AM

PAX and SJSP Graduation Reception

April 28th, 2014

Calling all PAX and SJSP minors!!

Make sure to come to the department’s graduation reception on May 18th, from 2:00 to 3:30pm on the Rappaporte Treasure Hall. Professors Gordie Fellman and David Cunningham will be saying their final greetings to the Class of 2014, along with invited guest speakers. For more information, please contact Cheryl Hansen at chansen@brandeis.edu.

Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

April 24th, 2014

The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.

We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!
For more information, please contact Alex Vasquez at avasquez@brandeis.edu.
We hope to see you there!

 

SpeakOut! Brandeis exhibit at SCC

April 10th, 2014

SpeakOut! Brandeis is a student-led initiative to raise awareness about the subject of Sexual Assault, Violence and Harassment that affects the entire Brandeis community, and allow those affected by it to anonymously have their voices heard. Today a physical display with most of the submissions that SpeakOut! has received so far has been launched in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium to keep raising awareness about the issue that needs attention and effort of each member of our community to step up and tackle it.

image

The Whales Have Won

April 7th, 2014

On March 31st, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made a decision in the case of Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan, New Zealand intervening). In a vote of 12 to 4, the Court has found that Japan’s whaling program, JARPA II, does not conform with many rules of scientific research set by the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. The press release states that the Court “orders that Japan revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence to kill, take or treat whales in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits under Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the Convention, in pursuance of that programme.” Before the verdict, advocates were worried that the hunting of non-endangered whales would be permitted, but the ruling states that JARPA II must conform to the regulations for all whales. Read the full judgement here and more information about the decision from the view of conservation programs here!

A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru

PAX Dinner on April 10!

April 2nd, 2014

Screen shot 2014-04-02 at 12.42.39 PM