Sustaining Peace Forum 2019

7th Annual Sustaining Peace Forum
March 28, 2019



Thursday, March 28, 2019

4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
including closing reception and research gallery

Everett Lounge and Milbank Chapel (1st floor)
Teachers College | Columbia University


Click on the links below to register for sessions you want to attend.

4:00 – 4:50  Workshops (Please choose one.)

Workshop 1: Drum Circles as Cultural Circles

Featuring: Martin Urbach-Treiger along with Liberation Drum Circles and Harvest Collegiate High School 

Workshop 2: Mapping Across Divides

Featuring: Sarah Stone, MPA Candidate, Urban & Social Policy, Columbia SIPA

5:00 – 6:30  Rapid-Fire Presentations  (A series of 10-minute talks)

Commemoration, Identity, and Nationalisms in Post-Conflict Rwanda
By: Gretchen Baldwin

Sustainable Peace from a Feminist Perspective
By: Ines Boussebaa

The Art of Protest: Subverting The White Cube In The Kindergarten Art Studio
By: Jaymie Stein

Mainstreaming Gender in State-Building in Timor-Leste
By: Gabriella Ginsberg-Fletcher

Mapping Disability Networks
By: Amy Sereday

‘They are the forgotten soldiers:’ A Narrative Inquiry into Syrian Teachers’ Experiences in Lebanon
By: Julie Halterman

Sustainability & Peace through Cultural Heritage
By: Sarah Reddan Tisdale

See it With Your Own Eyes – Navigating Conflict through Experiential Learning
By: Shenhav Ruttner

6:30 – 7:00  Networking & Research Showcase

Presentations from the AC4 Fellows, selected Columbia University students and alumni, and CU Centers

7:00 – 8:00  Keynote Presentation and Discussion

Alumni Panel, with Q&A, followed by closing reception and research gallery

This year, we had an open call for proposals from students and alumni in the Columbia University Community. We will showcase students, alumni and fellows from Columbia and Teachers College.


The SP Forum brings together the CU community to discuss critical and timely issues that affect peace, conflict, and sustainability. It provides a platform for current and future policy makers to share knowledge and practices, and generate new ideas for advancing peace globally.  Now in its 7th year, the forum has featured prominent thoughtleaders including International Peace Institute, Leymah Gbowee, and more, and has focused on topics ranging from complexity science to gender equity, and global policy.

Conference Co-Sponsors

The conference is organized with support from our partners at the Columbia University Master’s Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the School of Professional Studies and the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College.


Networking and Research Showcase Tables

Columbia University Centers

Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice. We partner with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create tools and environments from which conflicts can be resolved constructively and just and peaceful relationships can develop. We work with sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the links between theory, research, and practice. Our training and work with the community is rooted in our scholarship.

M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) is the only graduate degree program in conflict resolution in New York City. It combines theory and applied skills practice to prepare students to constructively address conflict and make a positive difference in the world through building community within the program and the field and developing new frames of how to observe, interpret and make meaning. Students in the program have opportunities to both expand and focus their interests through coursework and applied research, as well as gain rich practical experience through fieldwork opportunities.

International Conflict Resolution Concentration (ICR) at SIPA provides students with an understanding of the root causes of international conflicts and of how conflict resolution takes place on an international level. Students receive practical, hands-on training in various methodologies of international conflict resolution. The specialization, which builds on curriculum put in place by the Center for International Conflict Resolution at SIPA (CICR), seeks to integrate theory and practice, providing a venue for leading practitioners and scholars to prepare the next generation of conflict resolution specialists.

Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and SIPA was established in 1978 at Columbia University. ISHR is committed to its three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma  at Columbia Journalism School is a resource center and global network of journalists, journalism educators and health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. It is a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, with international satellite offices in London and Melbourne.

Student Groups

Association of Conflict Resolution Students (ANCoRS), NECR, represents the diverse interests of graduate students in the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) program at Columbia University. As a student-run organization, ANCoRS promotes both personal growth through social activities that enrich NECR student life and professional development through networking opportunities that explore the vast disciplines within the field. Furthermore, ANCoRS seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by coordinating and facilitating events and initiatives that encourage reflection and dialogue among Columbia University students, faculty, alumni and the local and global community.

Conflict Resolution Working Group, SIPA, is a professional student association at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City. CRWG is devoted to promoting the intellectual and practical discourse surrounding conflict resolution. We aim to serve as a platform for students and practitioners, and to leverage the experiences and interests of SIPA’s diverse student population in contributing to the field of conflict resolution, locally and globally. CRWG’s initiatives are based on four main pillars: knowledge, skill based events, career development, and networking. Each of these pillars furthers CRWG’s goals of promoting the engagement, discussion, and influence of the field of conflict resolution within the SIPA community and beyond.

Environmental Coalition (ECO) is a graduate student and alumni organization dedicated to elevating the the most pressing global and local environmental policy challenges of our time. ECO raises awareness by offering skills-based trainings, hosting educational and social activities, and providing opportunities for advocacy through collaboration. Our goal is to spur action and engage the Columbia community in dialogues that highlight the linkages among our fields.

Peace Education Network (PEN), Teachers College, is a community of educators, scholars, and activists who are committed to the field of Peace Education. We focus on the challenges facing practice by offering practical experience and skill-building opportunities through events such as workshops, brown-bag discussions and project visits. PEN exists to create a space for practitioners, scholars, and activists within and beyond Columbia University to come together and cross-pollinate ideas, build relationships, build community around the broadly defined field of Peace Education.

Women in Peace and Security (WIPS), SIPA, is a student organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, dedicated to supporting women pursuing careers in international security issues, defined broadly. We strive to discuss issues ranging from military and defense policy to conflict resolution and issues of economic and environmental security, as well as network our members to career development opportunities.


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