This issue includes the latest news from ACand the Columbia Conflict Community, including a recap of November events and upcoming peace and conflict resolution events!
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Dear friends and colleagues,

December is here, bringing with it the ever-important need to come together to promote peace and share kindness. We recognize this past month presented serious challenges that will continue in months and years to come, but we also have witnessed the strength of community, positive communication and partnership in the face of adversity. We at AC4 will continue our mission of cultivating peace and we look forward to working with each one of you to achieve this mission. Keep reading for exciting opportunities for students, interviews with scholars, and updates on more AC4 initiatives. We wish you a safe, joyous and tranquil winter break!

You're Invited:
Annual End of Year Party!

Wednesday, December 7 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Columbia University, Morningside Campus,
Teachers College, 232 Horace Mann Hall

Don't forget to RSVP!


Announcement: Student Fellowship Opportunity at AC4!

For 2017, AC4 will provide funding of up to $3,000 for 10 Columbia University graduate students and one team of students for $6,000, to support interdisciplinary research or practice-based projects addressing conflict, violence, development, and/or sustainable peace. Don't miss out!

Application for the 2017 Fellowships will open December 19, 2016.
Deadline: February 17, 2017, at 11:59 EST.


Announcement: Morton Deutsch Social Justice Awards

Call for papers on social justice! Open to all Columbia students.

Find more info!

Submission deadline:
February 15, 2017


Snapshot Re-cap: November 4th Perspectives on Peace

Had a thought-provoking and timely conversation with Sebastian Junger on November 4th for our second Perspectives on Peace 2016! Thank you to all who came, and here's to some of the individuals on our team who led the conversation with Junger on his new book "Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging": Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Peter T Coleman, Drew Pham, and Venera Kusari. Check out more photos on this Facebook album!

Couldn't make it to this event? You're in luck! The whole conversation is available through this stream!

Interview: AC4 visiting scholar, Dr. Michael Gross

AC4 sat down with Dr. Michael Gross, who is a Visiting Research Scholar at AC4 this Fall 2016, coming from Colorado State University. Our conversation included anecdotes of conflict management, conflict framing and the focus of his current studies.

"When I was a young child, I used to try to solve any sort of conflicts or arguments. My sister told me that I always had the knack to be a mediator and to solve problems..." Read more!

Science-Practice Blog; MD-ICCCR:
Does mass media inherently contribute to political polarization?
by Allegra Chen-Carrel

Is your political opinion being swayed by the popularity of the media you consume? Does the number of views in the bottom right corner of that speech you watched on YouTube the other day affect how strongly you feel about the speech itself? A recent study has found that yes, most likely, you are affected by your perception of how many other people are tuning in to what you are watching.

A recent article by Shteynberg, Bramlett, Fles, and Cameron (2016) explores how broadcast media plays a role in polarizing viewpoints. Their research examines whether shared attention increases the psychological impact of televised political speeches, and finds that indeed it does. Shared attention refers to the concept that others are also engaging with what we are watching; in the context of television, it refers to the notion that we assume others are also watching what is being broadcast, and that these abstract others are also paying attention.

Read the full blogpost!

Latest WKCR Episode:

Hear Jenik Radon, professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, talk about the Panama Papers and issues of corruption and privatization. Professor Radon is a practicing international lawyer and scholar, widely recognized as a leader in sustainable natural resource development. In this conversation with Meredith Smith, Professor Radon shares about the unique perspective and learning he brings to this topic and questions are raised about how corruption and privacy are dealt with and understood.

Take a listen!

Research Update:
“Re-Conceptualizing the Science of Sustainability”

AC4 Director Josh Fisher and Project Coordinator Kristen Rucki have recently published an article in the journal Sustainable Development, which recommends an expanded view of sustainability science that operates at the nexus of conflict, development, and the environment, explicitly incorporating concepts of peace and conflict. Read more!

2016 Earth Institute Holiday Party

You're invited to this party with a cause!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate our annual holiday food drive to benefit City Harvest, or donate to our virtual food drive.


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