Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Announcing the Global Peacebuilding Center at the US Institute of Peace

The Global Peacebuilding Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is a new initiative that offers a range of resources for educators – including a Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators and other lessons and activities to help bring peacebuilding themes and concepts into the classroom. When the United States Institute of Peace was created by Congress in 1984, education was at the core of its mandate. Since that time, the Institute’s education and training work has helped shape the field of professional peacebuilding, and now this work is being extended to reach younger audiences through the Global Peacebuilding Center.

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Social justice resource - The Change Agent


The Change Agent provides cutting edge resources for teaching social issues, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and many ready-to-use lesson plans, all oriented toward a multi-level audience. The Change Agent is a biannual magazine for adult educators and learners published since 1994 by the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education. It was conceived as a tool to educate and mobilize teachers and learners to apply advocacy skills in response to impending federal funding cutbacks for adult education. Members of the Saybrook community may be interested in contributing material for publication, including articles, interviews, or lesson plan activities.

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New film released on human rights education: "A path to dignity"


Last week Frank Elbers, the Executive Director at Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), announced a new documentary film that launched at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realizing human rights.

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New online peace curriculum in honor of the International Day of Peace


In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the National Peace Academy is launching a free online curriculum, "Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction."   This study guide designed for budding peace and community change leaders from children to adults. It is intended for both seasoned practitioners and those who are new to peacebuilding and who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large.

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Tweet Nadwa - An adaptable format for open dialogue on social change


Last year, following the events of the Arab Spring, Egyptian activists and bloggers gathered in Cairo to participate in an open format dialogue on the question of Islamism in their country. One main difference between this event and other conversations that may have been occuring at the same time, however, is that each speaker was limited to 140 seconds - an oral version of Twitter's 140 character limit for tweets. This format was dubbed a "Tweet Nadwa" - nadwa being the Arabic word for forum or symposium.

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Saybrook students invited to apply for paper competition: Conflict, social action, and change


The Conflict, Social Action, and Change Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems announces its 2013 Graduate Student Paper Competition. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2013.

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Online communities provide support for marginalized LGBT youth in the Middle East


The blog WeGov is an attempt to report on groups and individuals who use technology in a variety of innovative ways - increasing government transparency, fighting corruption, opening data, and solving civic problems. WeGov blogger Anna Lekas Miller recently wrote a post where she describes new venues offering support for LGBT youth in the Middle East.

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New iPad app available for Conflict Resolution Education


Conflict resolution education (CRE) is a key component of social transformation. The Conflict Resolution Education Connection is a web site devoted to the promotion of CRE throughout the world. webmaster Bill Warters has developed a new iPad App that provides a great way to browse the field of conflict resolution in education and find ideas for instruction and training activities.

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UNDP: Access to technology can help prevent violent conflicts


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) website features a post by Ozonnia Ojeilo describing the way that mobile phones, social media and other web-based resources have been used to disseminate warnings about potential violence in troubled hot-spots, facilitate rapid responses to emerging conflicts, analyze trends and inform better programming.

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Food insecurity - how do the world's countries compare?


In the last 10 years, global food prices have risen twice as fast as inflation, according to the World Bank. An estimated 44 million people crossed the poverty line during the food price spikes of 2008, as riots occurred around the globe. Food insecurity is upon us again, as prices continue to rise sharply.

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