Sustaining Peace Forum 2017

Sustaining Peace Forum
March 23, 2017



Thursday, March 23, 2017

1:00 to 7:30 p.m.
with networking reception to follow

Kellogg Center (15th floor)
School of International and Public Affairs | Columbia University

On March 23rd, 2017, we hosted our 5th Annual Sustaining Peace Forum exploring how to build peace within our communities in the U.S. and globally, with aim of catalyzing policy, education, and practice into action.

The Forum included distinguished speakers, panel discussions, a research showcase, and multiple networking opportunities.

Forum Schedule

Session 1: Peace, Mountains, and Borders (1:00 – 2:15pm)

Aldo Civico, Author, Anthropologist, & Conflict Resolution Lecturer at Columbia
Judith Matloff, Author & Columbia Journalism Professor
Paul Gillingham, Historian, Author & Northwestern Professor
Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Author & Columbia Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Session 2: Resist: How Global Movements Can Inform US Activists (2:30 – 3:45pm)

Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and Research Affiliate of the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Session 3: How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace (4:00 – 5:15pm)

Wajahat Ali, Creative Director at Affinis, Writer & Speaker
Jenny Yang, Writer, Comedian & Organizer
Dr. Nancy Goldman, Educator, Facilitator & Leadership Consultant
Azhar Usman, Comedian, Writer & Producer

AC4 Fellows’ Research Showcase (5:15 – 6:15pm)

Student research from the 2016 cohort of AC4 fellows discussed their unique research experiences of working to understand and solve pressing social and environmental challenges in the field of peace and conflict. The Fellowship Program brings together graduate and PhD students from schools and programs across Columbia University. All of the projects are described with electronic versions of the visual presentations available here.

Session 4: Global Implications of the Refugee Crisis (6:15 – 7:30pm)

Alexander Aleinikoff, Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility and former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Áine Fay, President, Concern Worldwide USA
Adrienne L. Fricke, Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO, USA for UNHCR
Lara Setrakian, CEO and Founder, Syria Deeply

Closing Networking Reception (7:30 – 9:00pm)

Forum Co-Sponsors

The conference was organized with support from the Columbia University Master’s Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the School of Professional Studies, the Morton Deutsch International Center on Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia’s Teachers College, the Center on Global Economic Governance at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.


Kellogg Center, Columbia University
15th Floor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

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