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Peace-Building Students Present Capstones

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say they’d like to see world peace occur. It’s certainly an uplifting thought, but it also requires action. The real, daily pursuit of world peace is what drives many people to do their part and to live this action.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, University of San Diego students from Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies’ (KSPS) master’s program in peace and justice studies’ 17-month track will present their final capstone projects, delivering some of the freshest examination and examples of true peace building, in the Kroc IPJ Theatre.

“The final capstone projects provide our students with an opportunity to take knowledge gained through their coursework and on-the-ground internship experiences to address contemporary peace and justice issues. They highlight the students’ development as scholar practitioners,” said Kroc School of Peace Studies Associate Dean Lee Ann Otto, PhD, who is director of KSPS’ master’s program.

Following opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. by KSPS Professor Ami C. Carpenter, PhD, the 15 students, grouped into four panels, will give a 15-minute presentation on their research topic. A 15-minute question-and-answer session will occur upon the completion of an entire panel’s presentation. There will be short, 15-minute breaks at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and a lunch break from 12:30-2 p.m.

The capstone presentations are free to attend and open to the public. Those wanting to watch it live can access it online by signing on as “guest.”

Here’s the scheduled lineup:

Panel 1: Assessing “Intractably” Conflicted Societies

9:45-10 a.m. — Meghan Walsh: “Facts on the Ground: Settlements and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process”; 10-10:15 a.m. — Lauren Wade: “Resilience to Structural Violence: A Case Study in the West Bank”; 10:15-10:30 a.m. — Austin Fitch: “The Failed State of Somalia, Maritime Piracy, and Terrorism”; 10:30-10:45 a.m. — Marisol Martinez: “Impacts of U.S. Deportations to Mexico on Public Security:  Vulnerabilities amid Mexico’s Drug Violence”; 10:45-11 a.m. — Q&A.

Panel 2: Peace building, Personally

11:15-11:30 a.m. — Shabnaz Yousefia: “Oral Narratives: a Fundamental Approach to Documenting Sexual Exploitation and Gender-Based Violence in Nepal”; 11:30-11:45 a.m. — Ann Thomas: “Ritual as a Transformational Tool in Reconciliation Processes”; 11:45-noon — Kiyoko Tamesue: “The Impact of Conflict Management Skills Training on Individual Perceptions and Attitude Towards Conflict”; Noon-12:15 p.m. — Carolina Melendrez: “Voices Coming from the Troubles: A Preliminary Assessment of the Use of Testimonial Therapy in Northern Ireland”; 12:15-12:30 p.m. — Q&A.

Panel 3: Collective Action, Collective Rights

2:15-2:30 p.m. — Lars Stairs-Almquist: “Land Matters: Conflict, Cooperation and Dynamic Subsistence in Post-Conflict Rural Burundi”; 2:30-2:45 p.m. — Adriana Alarcón: “The Bottom-up State:  Community Engagement as the Key to Successful Government Disabled Programs in Ecuador”; 2:45-3 p.m. — Chris Morales: “Positive Peace in Chiapas: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Development”; 3-3:15 p.m. — Q&A.

Panel 4: Promoting Social Justice

3:30-3:45 p.m. — Zachary Nissen: “Disability, Mental Health, and Pathologizing the Other: Towards a Reflexive Social Justice Approach to Human Rights and Disability”; 3:45-4 p.m. — Jeny Mills: “Bride Abduction as a Human Rights Violation in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan through a Linear Perspective Analysis”; 4-4:15 p.m. — Justine Darling: “Restorative Justice in Higher Education: A Compilation of Formats and Best Practices”; 4:15-4:30 p.m. — Elika Dadsetan: “Development of an Effective Diversion Program in Sierra Leone”; 4:30-4:45 p.m. — Q&A.

— Ryan T. Blystone

To read short biographies about this year’s KSPS master’s students, click here.

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