Madison College Receives Peacebuilding Support Award

Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin recently was awarded funding through the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support program, administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Madison’s project is titled “Women, Peace and Conflict Lecture and Film Series” and will operate through the college’s Center for International Education.

The series, which will run in the fall 2013, will include multiple activities and explore the role of women as key actors in nonviolent peacebuilding, examine efforts to end human trafficking, and consider stereotypes and assumptions about gender and violence.   Film showings will include “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, the story of the women’s movement in Liberia that helped to end the country’s civil war, and “Half the Sky” at 4-part mini-series based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn which examines cases of women, peace, and conflict in 10 nations.  A facilitated discussion of the book is part of the program.   The project also will include speakers from a range of NGOs and groups focusing on issues of gender equality and trafficking.

The project director, Dr. Geoff Bradshaw, hopes that “students will both gain a greater understanding of the consequences of violence against women and the role of women as powerful actors in peacebuilding.”  Madison College student groups including the World Students Association and United Common Ground will be directly involved in the project’s activities.

Peace education has long been a part of the mission of Madison College.   As a member of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, the college has played a leadership role in promoting global awareness and peacebuilding.    The college has sponsored talks by luminaries such as Lech Walesa and others.

In 2008 Madison College partnered with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) to host a 3-day summer institute that drew both a regional and national audience around the theme “Integrating Understanding of Peace and Conflict in the Muslim World into the Curriculum.”

If you are interested in learning more about Madison College’s USIP/IIE award, contact Geoff Bradshaw at gbradshaw@madisoncollege.edu.

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