to CPACS’ inaugural Newsletter.
To-date, 1998 has been an important year for the Centre, with a number of projects on the launching pad about to catapult us, if all goes according to plan, into the realm of international stardom, let alone raging national and domestic success. Indeed, the intensity of activity at the Centre these days, with six offices working to full capacity, has resulted in the need for a regular Friday afternoon meeting of the management committee in order to maintain a sense of cohesiveness. At the first of these meetings it was decided that, in an effort to keep our membership up to date with all of the 'goings on', we should produce a newsletter to fulfil this requirement. So here it is, our first effort to keep you in the picture, so to speak, and to remind you that we never loose sight of the important value of our membership.
with the Conflict Resolution Network
As a part of the
development Of Our new postgraduate programme in 'Studies in Peace and
Conflict Resolution' (see below), the Conflict Resolution Network (CRN),
has Generously sponsored the development of one of the new units,
'Peacemaking through the Media'. The donation of $12,000 will
pay for the employment of a Research Assistant who will be responsible
for developing the unit. We are immensely grateful to the CRN and its
vision in sponsoring what will be an invaluable contribution to the
Sydney Peace Prize
Peace Prize is a CPACS initiative in collaboration with members
of the Sydney community, such as bankers, journalists and Sydney City
counsellors. The prize will be a biannual award in recognition of
creative endeavours that enhance life in all forms: multicultural and
multi-denominational, crossing religious, ethnic, political and legal
divides, regional and national boundaries. The first Sydney Peace Prize
will be awarded to Muhammad Yunis on 27th November 1998. Muhammad Yunus
is the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh which empowers rural
communities by lending money to the poor - to women in particular. His
humanitarian achievements have been recognised worldwide. The ceremony
will be the feature of a fundraising dinner for CPACS in the Great Hall.
Graduate Programme in 'Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution'
As noted above, the
teaching unit, 'Peacemaking through the Media' to be developed in
conjunction with the CRN, will become one of the units offered in the
new 'three-tiered' graduate programme developed by our Director,
Professor Stuart Rees with our Director of Teaching, Leanne Piggott. The
programme consists of a Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Master
of Arts in 'Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution'. While
the programme awaits Faculty of Arts approval (it will be provided
through the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology), the
core unit of the programme will be offered through SWSPS in the second
semester of this year as a part of the already established Master of
Arts and Master of Social Work offered in the Department. The unit,
entitled, 'Peace and Conflict: Understanding the Issues', will be taught
by Stuart, Leanne, George Morgan, and Mary Lane. It is planned that the
programme will be developed in a Distance Education mode in order to
make it available nationally and internationally. Another unit to be
taught as a part of the new programme is also well under way, having
been developed by George Morgan, a member of the Centre. It is
anticipated that this unit, entitled 'Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King
and Aung San Suu Kyi - Non-Violence and Social Change: Legacies of the
Twentieth Century', will be offered through Continuing Education later
in the year as a four week course, to be taught jointly by George and
Stuart. For more information on the Graduate Programme in 'Studies in
Peace and Conflict Resolution', please contact Leanne on 9351 3971.
negotiations with a number of universities in Japan, the Centre will be
conducting its first 'P.E.A.C.E. Summer School' for
Japanese students in August this year. (P.E.A.C.E. stands for Peace
Education and Cultural Exchange). It is anticipated that about 20
students will participate in the programme which will go over 10 days.
The aim is to provide students who are studying English as a second
language to engage in the ideas of 'peace with justice' and the values
inherent within cultural exchange.
Most exciting has
been the sponsorship by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy
Research (Hawaii) for a conference to be hosted by CPACS in November.
The conference, entitled Globalization, Employment and Quality
of Life will form part of an international collaboration
research project on Human Security and Global Governance (HUGG) which
has been initiated by the Toda Institute. The outcome of the 3 day
conference - which will consist of 'structured conversation' between up
to 20 delegates - will be the production of a book to be edited by
Professor Don Lamberton and published in the HUGG book series. The
conference coordinator is Antonia Stephenson.
CPACS welcomes the 3
placement students from the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and
Sociology. In conjunction with the Human Rights Commission, Carole,
Sophie and Don are working on the human rights of new migrants.