IWU to Hold Peacebuilding Workshop and Lecture
Mar. 25, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University has been awarded $2,000 from the Public
Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace
(USIP). The funding support will enable the University to hold a student/faculty
workshop and a public lecture on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.
The two-day undergraduate student workshop will include students and faculty from
Macalester, Beloit and Luther Colleges, and IWU. Together, students and faculty will
discuss post-conflict, immigration and other human rights issues as they relate to
Cameroon, Iraq, China, Russia and the United States.
Alfred Babo, professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University
of Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire, will present his keynote public lecture titled, “Post-Conflict
Reconstruction: Undemocratic Governance and Human Rights Abuses. A Comparative Perspective
from Rwanda to the Ivory Coast” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Room 103 of Stevenson
Hall (203 Beecher St., Bloomington).
Threatened by the political instability in Côte d’Ivoire in 2011 and targeted because
of his ethnic group, Babo found safety with Scholars at Risk (SAR), an international
network of higher-education institutions dedicated to protecting intellectuals by
creating temporary academic positions for them while they are threatened in their
home countries. Babo currently teaches at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
More information regarding Babo’s journey from the Ivory Coast to Smith College can
be found online.
“USIP is pleased to support institutions like Illinois Wesleyan University and their
contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods
for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” USIP President Jim Marshall said.
An independent, nonpartisan conflict management center, USIP was created by Congress
to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. They
work to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before
they escalate, reduce government costs and enhance national security. The organization
is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan.
As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support
institutions that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new
techniques, establishing best practices and professionalizing the field through education
and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP
administered by the Institute of International Education.
For additional information, contact Irv Epstein, professor of educational studies,
at (309) 826-3179 or by email at email@example.com.
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