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Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) - Earth Institute, Columbia University
April 2015

Spring has sprung here in New York! It seems that all is a flutter, and so are we. There is so much is so much to share in this issue of the AC4 Newsletter! We'll start at Columbia campus with the announcement of our 2015 cohort of Graduate Fellows, briefly take you to the MENA region for one of our current initiatives that is gaining momentum, and we'll come right back here to recall our Sustaining Peace Conference and look ahead. 

Welcoming the 2015 Graduate Fellows!

This could be our favorite issue of the year- we are thrilled to announce the graduate students in our 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program.  An archeologist, aspiring psychologists, political scientists, educators, collaborators, and a diverse roster that includes two innovative and research-based internships.

We hope you will take a moment to click around to learn more about these remarkable students working to make an impact in the field of peace-building and conflict resolution. The interdisciplinary work and practice-based projects that this cohort will engage in include fieldwork in a variety of places, such as Pakistan, Nicaragua, Timor-Leste, and Mexico. We'll also be sharing reflections with you from their fieldwork over the summer, so stay tuned.

Sharing Resources: Arabic-version of 
The Handbook on Conflict Resolution

As the first step in a multi-year project, AC4 embarked on the translation of its landmark publication: The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. This is part of a series of initiatives organized around the idea of constructive engagement in the Arab World. Currently AC4 is working in partnership with academic programs and organizations in the MENA region to disseminate free copies of the book, and share with others thoughts on its uses and potential value.  Current partners include Soliya and Search for Common Ground.
Generation for Peace Institute in Jordan has this to say about the resource:

“The Arabic Handbook of Conflict Resolution will be a tremendous resource for all our Arabic-speaking volunteers.” 

Tanenbaum Center for Religious Understanding adds that, "this translation is a valuable tool for grassroots Arabic-speaking Peacemakers.“ 
To get a free copy of the book and to see updated project website to learn more about the project, click here.

The Art of Storytelling in Sustaining Peace Event

Jill Strauss, Ph.D., led a workshop on Storytelling in Contexts of Conflict at the third annual Sustaining Peace Conference on March 26. Current and former students from schools across Columbia and elsewhere in greater New York City, practiced active listening, participated in storytelling activities and learned about Dr. Strauss' doctoral project integrating storytelling and visual art in Northern Ireland. 
Before the Sustaining Peace Conference, AC4's Program Coordinator, Meredith Smith, had the chance to talk with Strauss about the art of storytelling and on topics of conflict resolution and the arts. 
What guidance do you have for students or people with aspirations to do innovative practice-based project similar to yours, working at the intersection of conflict resolution and the arts?

What I’ve learned from my experience is to keep in mind always that we are outsiders. We each carry a lot of baggage, especially us coming from the United States. Try to find a way to be an invited guest. Find someone established in the community who would say to you we would like to welcome you or engage in a conversation with you. Have that person or, better yet, organization be a partner to call on. And, be really informed by the community.

Also, anytime you’re bringing people together, have food there! Food is a great way to draw people in, get them to stay and, more importantly, to drop the formality. 

Listen to the full interview with Professor Jill Strauss as it was featured on WKCR (89.9FM). 

Sustaining Peace Conference News

Our event was a huge success! We can't say it enough; thank you. To our amazing keynote speakers and workshop presenters who volunteered their days to make our work more informed, multi-dimensional and lasting. To our hard-working Sustaining Peace Team at AC4 , the Masters of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program (NeCR), and the Morton-Deutsch International Center on Conflict Resolution and Cooperation (MD-ICCCR). And to our enthusiastic volunteers who offered their hands-on assistance throughout the day. Also, to our growing community of students, scholars, practitioners and people who believe in their role and are working to promote peace. We could not have done it without you!

Videos of the keynotes, additional photos and educational resources, such as powerpoint slides from the workshops, will be available on the website. Check the event website for updates!

Thursday, April 16
Teachers College
Grace Dodge Hall, room 179

Have You Visited AC4Link?

AC4 Link is a web-based information hub that highlights all people, centers, and programs conducting research, practice, and teaching activities related to conflict resolution, peace, violence prevention, and sustainable development related to these areas.

If you are looking for a person, program, or center conducting specific work under these areas, this is a great place to start. If you are already active under one of these areas, check out your profile, or let us know if we should add you, and learn about others across Columbia that share your interests.

Contact: Nick Redding,
Inaugural Joint Symposium: Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Ph.D. students in Sustainable Development
Thursday, April 23
Lerner Hall, Room 555

The Postdoctoral Fellows program and the Ph.D. in Sustainable Development program are unique in their missions to train a generation of scholars and professionals equipped to address some of the world's most urgent problems. This symposium is the first of its kind to include the views of graduate students and early career professionals and how these two groups of scholars and researchers are shaping the future.

This symposium will be presented and moderated by Jeffrey D. Sachs and John C. Mutter.
To attend the event, please RSVP here.
WKCR (89.9FM) features AC4 Interviews on Conversations from the Leading Edge

Interested to learn more about leading scholar-practitioners dedicated to advancing the study of peace and conflict at Columbia University and around the globe? Tune in to 89.9FM on Mondays at 9pm, or check our website for podcasts.

Give a listen to recent conversation with Beth Yoshida-Fisher interviewing Dr. Robert Jervis on his background and career in international politics and security policy and decision making. Dr Jervis is Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia

Listen here on SoundCloud.
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