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Here’s an interesting program

Just the other day I was talking with a colleague and dear friend  (actually one of the giants in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies), who confirmed my suspicion that there is more and more interest in the field at major American universities–and world wide–(despite significant resistance earlier on).  Schools that are a bit “late to the party” are however, trying to find an innovative approach (for obvious reasons).  I just came across (thanks to Craig Selizer) a  program at Brandeis University which looks very interesting:  the Alan B., Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence :

“The Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence disseminates knowledge useful to practitioners of coexistence and related fields and engages students and other members of the Brandeis community in the theory and practice of coexistence. The Coexistence Program is a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University.”

However, what is even more interesting is that Brandeis is promoting a joint Master’s degree which deals with coexistence and with sustainable development.  You can download a .pdf about the dual program here .

This document states that:

“The Sustainable International Development (SID)/Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) dual degree  option was created in response to the global demand for academic and professional training that addresses the overlap between development and coexistence work in societies in conflict.  An increasing number of governmental, intergovernmental, international and local organizations working on development issues are establishing units within their planning structures to address the particular needs of programs in conflict areas to ensure that their development work connects rather than divides societies.”

I like this kind of thinking!  It is not (yet?) very common for academia to make a serious effort to adjust its thinking to the cross disciplinary reality on the “ground” in post conflict situations.

IGBarb says:  Well done!

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