Ethics Center staff participate in panel at annual conference of the New England Peace Studies Association


April 10, 2010

Coexistence International (CI) Program Director Jessica Berns organized and moderated the panel "Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field," focused on peacebuilding practice around the world, at the annual conference of the New England Peace Studies Association.

"The event provided researchers and citizen peace advocates an opportunity to see up-close what peacebuilding in the field is all about," said Berns. "Peacebuilding happens at the most local level and on a global scale. The 'Building Peace' panel provided a  window to international peacebuilding and stimulated a thoughtful conversation among a group of people who rarely have the opportunity to reflect on this work together."

The panel featured Cynthia Cohen, Executive Director of the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at the Ethics Center, with Charles F. (Chic) Dambach, President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding; Olivia Stokes Dreier, Associate Director of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding; Pamela Steiner, Senior Fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and project director for their Inter-Communal Violence and Reconciliation Project; and Eileen F. Babbitt, Professor of International Conflict Management Practice and Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The conference, Water, Sun, Earth: Waging War or Building Community Solutions, held at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Mass April 10th, was attended by scholars whose work focuses on peace as well as by peace advocates from throughout the region.

The CI panel, "Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field," focused on peacebuilding practice around the world. A book with the same title was published in 2009 as an initiative of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and several of the book's authors were on hand to share insights based on their experiences as scholar/practitioners working in divided societies. Panelists emphasized not only on the strategies and successes of their work, but the learning, questions, and challenges faced along the way by participants and facilitators.

View the conference program. [PDF]