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Making Social and Political Change Through the Application of Humanitarian Skills
Join the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education and cosponsor St. Cloud State University Center for International Studies for a discussion on the intersection of humanitarian skills and aptitudes and making social and political change. Heather Payne, Forage Center alum and former Nonviolent Peaceforce protection officer, and Eli McCarthy, coordinator of DC Peace Team and Georgetown University adjunct instructor, will share their ideas on how humanitarian and peacebuilding training can be used to effectuate social and political change.

Who should attend? Emergency management personnel; training officials and designers at public agencies; students in fields related to crisis response, humanitarian education, and peacebuilding; humanitarian organization staff members; and higher education faculty teaching courses related to humanitarian action, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, crisis response, emergency management, and community service.

An ASL interpreter will be provided.

Oct 1, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David J. Smith
President @Forage Center
David J. Smith is the president of the Forage Center. He works nationally in higher education and with professional groups to promote conflict resolution, humanitarian, and peacebuilding approaches to addressing differences and change. He was a senior manager and program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. David has been on the faculties of Georgetown University, Towson University, Goucher College, and currently is at the Carter School at George Mason University. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. David has written widely about graduate and undergraduate education and humanitarian issues in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Baltimore Sun, New York Times, Journal of Peace Education, and ACResolution.
Eli McCarthy
Co-founder @DC Peace Team
Eli S. McCarthy, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the DC Peace Team which offers training in nonviolent communication, restorative justice, bystander intervention, as well as unarmed civilian protection deployments. He teaches at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies. His most recent book is entitled A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020).
Heather Payne
Resolution and peacebuilding practitioner
Heather Payne is a conflict resolution and peacebuilding practitioner. She is a former Program Manager at Nonviolent Peaceforce while working in South Sudan. Before South Sudan, Heather worked in Lebanon with local civil society NGOs on educational and vocational projects for children and women. She has facilitated numerous trainings in different contexts on civilian protection such as community protection, gender based violence prevention, child protection and EWER. Currently, she is working in the United States supporting various Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) structures.