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USIP Awards Support to 76 Institutions to Further Public Education for Peacebuilidng through New Initiative Administered by IIE

December 17, 2012—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce support to 76 organizations across the United States in the first cycle of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative. Funded by USIP, this initiative in the coming year will provide up to $2,000 to approximately 250 organizations for events that advance and promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution.

“The Institute of International Education has a long history of administering programs that work to further the cause of peace, and we are honored to partner with USIP on this new initiative to support these very impressive public events around the country,” says IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman.

The USIP-supported events will include:

  • A workshop on transforming cross-cultural conflicts through performance at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Panel inspired by the courage of young Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousufzai titled "Fierce Courage: Muslim Women's Transformtive Activism" at California Institute of Integral Studies.
  • The “Two Sudans Forum” at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
  • Lectures on border violence by the U.S. and Mexican Consuls, held at Eastern Arizona College.
  • A screening and complementary speaker series on Reconciliation in Rwanda at Boise State University.
  • A lecture by Zen Buddhist monk, Claude AnShin Thomas, at Virginia’s Marymount University, on his efforts to end war utilizing the conflict resolution potential of Buddhism.

In keeping with its mandate to serve the American people through education and training, the first round of USIP’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative will assist colleges, universities and public libraries in 32 states as well as Washington, DC. Events that receive USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support will address a wide range of themes, such as gender, media, science and technology, sustainable economics, nonviolent conflict resolution, international and regional organizations, post-conflict transitions, and negotiation and mediation. They will also cover country- and region-specific topics. For a complete list of the colleges, universities and libraries that received support from this initiative, please visit the USIP Support website.

United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. By supporting events across the country that cover a wide range of peace and conflict mitigation topics, USIP aims to contribute in a significant way to the national conversation on addressing and preventing international conflict. USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities, as well as U.S. public libraries. The deadline for the second application cycle is May 1, 2013, for events to be held during the fall 2013 academic semester.

For more information about USIP’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support program, including how to apply for the second round of grants, please visit iie.org/usipsupport or e-mail usipsupport@iie.org.

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