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May 2011

Greetings!

 

A recent article in the U.S. News and World Report reported that nearly 100 institutions in the United States are now offering graduate degrees or certificates in peace and justice related fields. These programs are providing opportunities to study peace and are capacitating a new generation of thoughtful problem solvers, critical futures thinkers, and conscientious societal designers. Through partnerships with universities across the country, the National Peace Academy supports these developments and is taking them a few steps further. 

 

The National Peace Academy seeks to complement these academic programs by designing and conducting learning for peace and change that is accessible, available and affordable to all.  We are pursuing partnerships with likeminded organizations and designing new original courses in accessible online and short-course formats for those balancing busy professional and personal lives. We are seeking to make courses available through geographically diverse offerings conducted by partner organizations. And perhaps most important, we are seeking to make these learning opportunities affordable. We believe that learning for peace should be part of our everyday culture, and that paying for such learning opportunities shouldn't force us to make sacrifices that compromise our quality of life, indebt us to creditors, and further perpetuate our fragile economic system. 

 

The National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program, our newest program, is designed to achieve these priorities.  A National Peace Academy-led collaborative educational initiative, the National Certificate Program catalyzes learning opportunities for peace on a large scale by drawing upon the existing body of peace resources, knowledge and experience that already exists in institutions across the country.  The National Certificate Program is comprised of accessible and affordable short courses offered in partnership with universities, NGOs, and community organizations.  Students can take one course or pursue a Certificate in Peacebuilding and Peacelearning by completing a holistic course of study that includes practical experiences for putting learning into action.  Through our diverse partnerships, students are able to pursue unique courses of study most relevant to their personal and professional needs and interests. 

 

We are preparing a full-scale launch of the National Certificate Program for January 2012 and are currently piloting courses around the country.  Our first pilot course, "The Science of Nonviolence: Theory and Practice," conducted by the Metta Center for Nonviolence in Berkeley, CA was just completed this past weekend.  Upcoming in June we will be offering a "BePeace Foundations Course" in partnership with Rasur International in Vermont. BePeace is a practice that combines a scientifically proven method for "feeling peace" with a clear path for "speaking peace" that creates an authentic, compassionate connection.  In the coming months we will be announcing an even more extensive line-up of pilot courses for the fall.  

 

This summer we will be offering our 2nd annual Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) in Burlington, Vermont from July 17-23.  The PPI, which will become the capstone of our National Certificate Program, provides a holistic introduction to the theory and practice of peacebuilding and supports students through the process of envisioning and designing a practical peacebuilding or change initiative.  The 2010 PPI was a tremendous success, seeding close to 65 new peacebuilding initiatives around the world.  Upon completion of the 2010 PPI one participant commented: "I never went to any training or program where I felt so connected after the fact."  Another participated noted: "The level of ongoing immediate support I have experienced from the NPA surpasses that of any other organization I have dealt with in my nonprofit career." We hope to achieve similar results and accolades in 2011.  

 

This spring we also launched Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogues, a program free to all that invites distinguished peacebuilders and peace educators into dialogue with the National Peace Academy community.  Our first dialogue featured Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury who spoke on "The Human Right to Peace." During the dialogue Ambassador Chowdhury and guests emphasized the role of civil society in shaping the political climate and promoting the campaign for the human right to peace.  In encouraging all to take steps to learn, share and dialogue with others on the Human Right to Peace, we have posted several resources and references on our website, including a full recording of Ambassador Chowdhury's dialogue.  Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming speakers in this inspiring and informational new series. 

 

In just a few weeks, on May 20, we will be hosting an event in New York featuring Shigeko Sasamori, an atomic bomb survivor (Hibakusha) from Hiroshima, and Michael Spies, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs officer responsible for monitoring and assessing developments at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including the provision of daily updates to the Secretary-General.  The event is entitled "From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Past and Present Perspectives on Nuclear Abolition." Shigeko's testimony is a triumph of love over fear, and her compassion engages audiences of all ages.  Michael Spies will complement her past perspective by providing an update on Fukushima and current nuclear policies.  If you are in the New York City vicinity this is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

At the National Peace Academy we believe that "making peace possible" is a process that requires critical, conscientious and engaged learning. Thus, "making peace possible" also requires that opportunities for learning exist.  As you can see from all of the above efforts, opportunity is knocking loudly at our door.   We invite you to join us a student, a partner, or a supporter, helping us to knock on even more doors as we strive to make learning for peace accessible, available and affordable for all. 

 

Yours in peace,


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Tony Jenkins

Director of Education

 

 

Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive Scholarship Deadline!

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The Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) is a oneweek learning program for people who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their communities.  Spend a week this summer in beautiful Vermont, learning practical knowledge and skills and developing essential competencies needed to build peace.

 

If  you plan to attend PPI 2011 in Burlington, VT,  but will need a scholarship to participate, please apply by Friday, May 13th.  
  

The application and more information can be found here. 

Certificate Program

"The Science of Nonviolence" Pilot Course a Success

"The Science of Nonviolence: Theory and Practice," a pilot course of the National Peacebuilding Peacelearning Certificate Program concluded on May 8.  Offered in partnership and conducted by the Metta Center for Nonviolence in Berkeley, CA, the course provided students with a grounding in principled nonviolence. 

 

"The Science of Nonviolence" will be the first step of a long and fruitful collaboration between the Metta Center and the National Peace Academy.  The enthusiastic participation of the students makes this obvious, and heartwarming.  One echoed the sentiments of many when he said, "I've been an activist most of my life and thought I was pretty conversant with nonviolence, but why did I never hear about these wonderful ideas, stories, and people."

 

Stephanie Van Hook, Co Director of the Metta Center and co-course instructor with Michael Nagler commented "the peacebuilding certificate is highly practical as an alternative to the present educational system, as a decentralized alternative solution based on the need for peace education -- and peace!  It is my hope that nonviolence become a core unit in the curriculum of NPA.  A peaceful future will need a creative method for resolving conflict.  Thank you, NPA!"

 

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BePeace Foundations Course
 

Rasur International, in partnership with The National Peace Academy's National Certificate Program is conducting a four day, 32-hour BePeace Foundations Course.  The course is available for 4 certificate points or 2.8 CEUs.  The BePeace course meets the requirements for both Personal and Social Spheres of the National Certificate Program. 

 

Date:  June 28 - July 1, 2011
 
Location:  Charlotte, Vermont
 
Cost:  $499; Early Bird Rate $399 (before May 28)Register at:  www.nationalpeaceacademy.us

Through this course, participants will become skilled in how to "feel peace" and enhance intelligence through the practice of physiological coherence between the heart and the brain. Then, by learning the steps of compassionate communication, participants will learn how to "speak peace" by connecting more consciously with their own feelings and needs, and of those around them.

Through the BePeace Foundations Course you will learn about:
 

  • Building heart/brain coherence
  • Heart Guidance
  • Connection through empathy and honesty
  • The BePeace Path, a high impact exercise for resolving conflict 
  • BePeace Mediation
  • The Inner Dance of Wisdom and Compassion

 More information can be found here. 

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Other Programs and Announcements

From Hiroshima to Fukushima:  Past And Present Perspectives On Nuclear Abolition

a free public event featuring:  Shigeko Sasamori Atomic bomb survivor (Hibakusha) from Hiroshima and Michael Spies United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

 

Friday, May 20, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Adelphi University Manhattan Center.

space is limited * RSVP is required *  RSVP to: rsvp@nationalpeaceacademy.us

 

Come join us for a very special evening with Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor from Hiroshima who will be in New York for a week of public talks and school visits sponsored by the non-profit educational initiative, Hibakusha Stories.  Hibakusha is the Japanese word for atomic bomb survivor, and has come to mean those who survive radiation exposure due to the many links throughout the nuclear fuel chain.  Shigeko's testimony is a triumph of love over fear, and her compassion engages audiences of all ages.  Joining her will be Michael Spies, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs officer responsible for monitoring and assessing developments at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, who will give an update on Fukushima and current nuclear policies.  

 

Click here for more information

 

4th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)
 
Building Infrastructures for Change:  Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)
 

June 8 - 13, 2011, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 

CostsMain Conference (June 10th and 11th): $150 both days or $100 per day; College Students $100 both days or $50 per day Hear from more than 70 presenters representing 15 states and 9 countries while choosing between 47 workshops and 4 keynote speakers!  


The National Peace Academy, a conference co-sponsor, is organizing a special meeting and reception of Ohio colleges and universities that offer peace related programs.  All conference events, workshops, keynote, pre-conference summaries, and registration materials are available at:  http://creducation.org/cre/goto/4th

  

Questions?  Contact Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College at 216-987-2224.

NPA Co-Sponsors multiple events with Captain Paul Chappell

The upcoming events, initiated by NPA alumni, Barb Mallin, will be bringing to Ohio, Captain Paul Chappell, director of the Peace Leadership Program for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Author of two books, including The End of War, Capt. Chappell continues to tour the country speaking at colleges, churches, and other organizations. He believes that it is time we end war and focus on creating peace.

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arb Mallin attended the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive in 2010 and was inspired to work on peacebuilding in her community.

 
For a flyer about Paul's May 2011 appearances in Ohio, click here  

 

Newark Peace Education Summit

On May 13-15th, 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an impressive line up of speakers and peacebuilders will be presenting at the Newark Peace Education Summit, in Newark NJ. 

 

The Peace Academy is supporting the event by contributing to the publication of a peace education resource guide that will be made available to all participants.  Members of our team will be at this exciting event--we hope you will join us!

 

Through panels and workshops, the Summit will feature leaders present civic leaders who have used peace and nonviolence to educate youth, to create safer neighborhoods and more satisfying and fulfilling lives for countless people.

 

Speakers include:  The Dalai Lama, Mayor Cory Booker, Russell Simmons, Martin Luther King Jr. III, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Kucinich, Van Jones, Marjora Carter, Jodi Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, and National Peace Academy Edu-Learner Faculty Arthur Romano as well as many other presenters.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama will observe and participate in each session and deliver a keynote address at the conclusion of the Summit. Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jodi Williams will also participate.

 

For more info visit: www.newarkpeace.org