Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2014
May 5 – June 13, 2014 | Courses | Instructors
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- Gaining new skills or knowledge?
- Enhancing already existing skills?
- Meeting people from more than 30 countries and sharing stories and experiences?
The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) provides broad-based and specialized trainings that empower participants to contextualize the knowledge to their own situations. Learn more about yourself, others, and the world around you. Courses are open to people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, trauma awareness, and related fields into their own work and life.
The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) offers four 7-day sessions, each with several courses running simultaneously. An interactive approach is used in all courses. Participants will learn from the course instructor as well as other participants and are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the “safe space” created by SPI. Minds and hearts are further opened with stimulating conversations outside of class, laughter, group meals, hiking, volleyball, and other activities. Courses can be taken for professional training or graduate credit.
The SPI community is one of mutual respect and elicitive learning. An interactive approach is used in all courses to draw upon the rich experience of participants as well as instructors. Participants are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the safe space created by SPI. Minds and hearts are further opened outside of the courses with stimulating conversations, laughter, hiking, volleyball, group meals, and other activities.
Inspired by their peacebuilding mothers, two undergrads come alone from Kenya and meet each other at EMUJune 27th, 2014
Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet these two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they discovered a closer connection than geographic proximity. At the end of her first EMU semester, Kaltuma Noorow had a casual conversation with Caleb Hinga, …More
Syrian archbishop leaves EMU abruptly to rally his flock to return to their historic, destroyed city and rebuild their livesJune 18th, 2014
Two days of arduous traveling from war-torn Syria to peaceful Harrisonburg, Virginia. Four days in a class called “PeaceTalk: English Language Skills for Peacebuilders.” Then suddenly rushing back to Syria, again navigating many difficulties to arrive at his freshly gutted church in Homs, Syria. This was the experience of Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, a prominent Syriac …More
Mediations guided by Hizkias Assefa yield comprehensive peace accord for a broad swath of South SudanJune 17th, 2014
Professor Hizkias Assefa responds here to questions about his successful efforts as a mediator to bring peace in early May 2014 to one large swath of South Sudan. Assefa’s key role in ending a conflict that had displaced over 100,000 persons and killed unknown numbers of civilians was highlighted by Bishop Paride Taban, chair of …More