The Monterey Institute´s Center for Conflict Studies has started accepting applications for a new and exciting Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP). The three-week long intensive training program is designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war. The program builds on the ‘peace’ dimension that was explored for the past two years in the Peace, Trade and Development program.
The program is open to all students and practitioners who are interested in learning from the experiences and approaches of scholars and professionals who work on some of the most difficult challenges facing our world today. These include resolving conflict, ending all forms of violence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming conditions and relationships of conflict. Students will spend one week at a retreat at the Mount Madonna Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and two weeks in Monterey, their base for field trips to visit with organizations working on reducing gang violence in the Salinas, Soledad and Oakland areas in Northern California.
Peacebuilding is a programmatic focus area of the Center for Conflict Studies, a theme that is reflected in its field research courses, its popular summer Peacebuilding Fellowship, annual conference as well as the research areas of its visiting scholars and publications.