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January 2011

In This Issue
Peace & Ecology Conference
Alumni Highlights
National Certificate Program
Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogue
Partnership with PJSA
UN Briefing
Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference
An exploration of the connections between peace and ecology 
Register today for the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Conference.     
register now If you register before Feb. 1st, you will pay only $50 for a full weekend of skill-building workshops, presentations, and dialogue, seeking to answer the following questions:
  • what does it mean to live in right relationship with the earth? 
  • what is our responsibility in creating a positive shift in thinking?
This conference will help to elevate the conversation around peacebuilding and ecology and will provide you with skills that you can apply in your own communities.
Alumni News
PPI Project Launched. Jeffrey Weisberg developed a project during his time at the Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive.  We celebrate the launch of his project through the opening of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.  Read more about the center here and read "What River Phoenix and $38 Trillion can Teach Us About  Peace" cowritten by NPA President Dot Maver.

NPA Alum hosts Holiday Party (submitted by Martha Perkins).
Dec. 29 2011 witnessed 28 people having a grand time enjoying a holiday celebration of their work and hope for peace. Guests represented over a dozen peace organizations, including the National Peace Academy, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the  Burlington Peace and Justice Center, Vermont Action For Peace, , Be Peace, Veterans for Peace, and Kids4Peace, to name a few.  The festive party was sponsored by the National Peace Academy and hosted by John Reuwer at his home at the Burlington Co-Housing  Project.  

 

It was inspiring to gather together with others working for Peace, each in his/her own way and in different organizations, to hear their stories. It was a remarkable and moving example of unselfish personal giving to a cause greater than ourselves.   We were a bright and beautiful gang dedicated to that massive job of Peace.  Our celebration was filled with wisdom, love, fun, peace, and commitment. We left the party with hope in our hearts and in awe of the goodness in each of us. 


Peace Troubador tours for peace.  
NPA alum, Cecilia St. King is on a Peace Tour sharing her beautiful music, promoting peace and sharing information about the National Peace Academy.  To join her at a concert or to support her work, please visit her website.
Happy New Year from all of us at the National Peace Academy!  We are off to a great start--and glad you are on the journey with us.
National Certificate Program 
Register for a course today!
Students in Master Class
Betty Reardon and students in the recent Master Class
We are excited to be offering 13 certificate courses this fall.
 
See below for the complete line-up of courses occurring around the country and on-line, spanning all spheres of peacebuilding.

Read more about the certificate program and register for a course
Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogue:   Rinaldo Brutoco

Rinaldo Brutoco: "Economics and Peace" with Dialogue Moderator, Michael Shank 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 (7:00 - 8:30pm)

Join us for a dialogue with Rinaldo Brutoco, President of the World Business Academy, on the topic of "Economics and Peace."  This special dialogue will be moderated by Michael Shank, US Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace and a board member of the National Peace Academy.

A recent article by Rinaldo Brutoco, "The Wisdom of Two Generals," asks: What would you do if you knew that the entire global economic system and Western way of life were in imminent jeopardy? You would likely do whatever you could to protect it. Academy President Rinaldo Brutoco observes that this is precisely the position in which we find ourselves: our way of life is vulnerable and endangered. He goes on to explain that there is a clear way out, outlines a visionary course of action, and issues a call to action.  Click here to access the article.

Free, advanced registration is required.  Click here to register.   

New Partnership with Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) 

The NPA has formed a new partnership with the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). PJSA and NPA share many common goals and visions and we are certain that this new partnership will serve in growing and promoting our shared interests.

The PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies, and is the North-American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association. 
 
Through this partnership, the NPA will be offering a 15% tuition discount to individual PJSA members, and to the faculty, staff, students, and community members who have membership status in PJSA due to their institutional affiliation.

United Nations DPI Briefing
Dot Maver presenting during UN briefing
On January 19th, NPA President, Dot Maver joined Ambassador Chowdhury, Michael O'Malley, and Cora Weiss on a panel presentation at the United Nations first Department of Information Briefing in 2012 entitled, "Culture of Peace: Amplifying the Unseen and Unheard Voices of Peace."  
As the UN explains, the briefing provided an opportunity to "examine the role of the culture of peace in today's interconnected world as well as the importance of peace as a vehicle for human development and for ultimately realizing the Millennium Development Goals." 

Click here to listen to a recording of this panel presentation.  
Quick Links
The National Peace Academy has received many recent media hits.  Please click here to see newspaper articles, radio interviews and more.
 
In December, NPA President Dot Maver participated in the 2012 Synergy Day sponsored by the Shift Network. Click here to listen to the recording.

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courses

Date(s)

Course Title

Partner/Instructor

Location/Venue

Course Fee

Jan 9-Feb 3

(NCP07) Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

TechChange: The Institute for Technology and Social Change

Online Course

$495

Jan 30-Mar 26

(NCP01)  Introduction to Peace Education: A Course for Educators

Teachers Without Borders

Online Course

 

Date(s)

Course Title

Partner/Instructor

Location/Venue

Course Fee

Feb 16-17

(NCP03) Considering the Relations of Peace & (environmental) Governance

The Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance
(Stan Deetz with Guy and Heidi Burgess)

University of Colorado, Boulder

sliding scale
$100-500*

Feb 20-21

(NCP02) Solving Unsolvable Conflicts: Conflict Management Using Polarity Thinking

Yarbrough Group
(Dr. Elaine Yarbrough)

University of Colorado, Boulder

sliding scale
$100-500*

Feb 20-Mar 16

(NCP11) New Technologies for Educational Practice

TechChange

Online Course

$495

Feb 27 - Mar 30

(NCP09) Approaches to Mitigating Global Warming

Earth and Peace Education International

Online Course

$10 / $25

Date(s)

Course Title

Partner/Instructor

Location/Venue

Course Fee

Mar 3-4

(NCP04) Consensus Decision-Making 101: an NVC Approach to Power-Sharing and Inclusion

Center for Collaborative Communication (Dian Killian, Ph.D)

Adelphi University Manhattan Center - NY, NY

sliding scale
$100-500*

Mar 17

(NCP08) Meditation for Peacemakers

Metta Center for Nonviolence
(Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook)

Petaluma, CA

$125*

Date(s)

Course Title

Partner/Instructor

Location/Venue

Course Fee

Apr2-27

(NCP12) Mobiles for International Development: New Platforms for Public Health, Finance, and Education

TechChange

Online Course

$495

Apr 2 - 
May 4

(NCP10) An Introduction to Sustainable Communities

Earth and Peace Education International

Online Course

$10 / $25

Apr 21-22

(NCP05) Building Resilience In a Time of Transition: Imaging a Fossil Free Future

Pax Educare, The Connecticut Center for Peace Education (Mary Lee Morrison & Tony Jenkins)

Adelphi University Manhattan Center - NY, NY

sliding scale
$100-500*

Apr 28-29

(NCP06) Building Peace in Every Home: Understanding, Responding to, and Preventing Domestic and Dating Violence

No More Tears
(Laura L. Finley, Ph.D.)

 

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

sliding scale
$100-500*

Date(s)

Course Title

Partner/Instructor

Location/Venue

Course Fee

May 14 - June 8

(NCP13) Global Innovations for Digital Organizing:  New Media Tactics for Democratic Change

TechChange

Online Course

$495