The Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University is a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. It disseminates knowledge useful to practitioners of coexistence and related fields, and engages students and other members of the Brandeis community in the theory and practice of coexistence.
The Coexistence Program has four parts:
1) The Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict, directed by Dr. Mari Fitzduff, is a graduate program for mid-career professionals who wish to develop greater professional expertise and creative leadership to meet the challenges posed by intercommunal conflicts.
2) Creative Resources for Coexistence and Reconciliation, directed by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, looks beyond conflict resolution to the vision of a just and sustainable peace. It links the coexistence field with the resources, knowledge and the spirit of inquiry of the university through research, partnerships and networking activities.
3) Coexistence International, directed by Jessica Berns, works to promote complementary approaches between coexistence practitioners and related fields, such as development, governance, human rights, security, and the arts. The aim is to strengthen the capacities of all participants to work together to achieve sustainable peace.
4) Undergraduate Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX), directed by Sociology Professor Gordon Fellman, is a minor for undergraduate Brandeis students who wish to understand the reasons for war and ways to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.