Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch first met as students at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their peacebuilding careers have since intersected in higher education and in the field. Part of their work has involved providing leadership and support for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), which in 2005 brought approximately 1,500 people from across the globe together and united civil society actors and their governments in an unprecedented way. In this podcast, Lisa and Catherine discuss their entry into the academic field of peacebuilding and some of their views on the development of civil society-focused peace initiatives. We recorded this conversation in April 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University as part of an e-journal series, A Genealogy of Ideas, written by Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons.
The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.
The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.
The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.
This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:
- Hannah Chappell-Dick, major in Biology, minors in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Honors, and Coaching; Bluffton, Ohio
- Bethany Chupp, major in Psychology and minors in Honors and Art; Canby, Oregon
- Anahely Cruz, major in Liberal Arts, (Elementary Education Licensure, PreK-6, Special Education Licensure K-12) and minor in Psychology; Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Tyler Eshleman, major in Peacebuilding and Development and minor in Sociology; Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Teresa Garcia-bautista, majors in History, Spanish Language & Hispanic Studies and minor in Pre-Law and Political Studies; Timberville, Virginia
- Brooke Lacock, major in Psychology, minors in Honors and Art; Paradise, Pennsylvania
- Carissa Luginbill, major in Social Work and minors in Art and Psychology; Bluffton, Ohio
- Jolee Paden, major in Business Administration, Recreation Leadership & Sports Promotion; St. Joseph, Illinois
- Philip Watson, major in Psychology and minor in Photography; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Londen Wheeler, majors in Digital Media, Photography, and Communication; Faber, Virginia
The returning Spring 2016 Guatemala & Cuba Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Guatemala and Cuba this semester.
President Loren Swartzendruber addresses the campus community for the final time in chapel as president of the university. There is a passing of the gavel from the current SGA Co-Presidents to the newly elected Co-Presidents.
We also host a time of sending for students and faculty soon departing on summer Cross-Cultural Seminars and similar international summer learning tours including:
Lithuania Cross-Cultural with Jerry Holsopple & Carissa Luginbill
Myanmar Cross-Cultural with Andy & Lana Miller
Quebec Cross-Cultural with Nancy Heisey
Washington, D.C. Cross-Cultural with Deanna Durham
Midwives for Haiti Senior Seminar with Ann Schaeffer
Global UrbanTrek to Northern Africa with Johonna & Julian Turner