Conference promotes peace discussions

first_imgSteph Wulz This weekend Notre Dame will host undergraduate and graduate peace studies students from around the world for research presentations and international peace building discussions at the 24th annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.The conference, titled “Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades of Progress,” is funded by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and organized by a committee of peace studies undergraduates. Conference co-chair Jimmy DeFrieze said the committee chose the theme due to its broad range of presentation topics for the post-Cold-War era.“We started with the question, what have we learned about peace in the past two decades?” DeFrieze said. “Because it’s easy to look in a history book and find out what happened in World War II, but it’s a lot harder to integrate everything in recent years.”DeFrieze said 200 participants registered for the conference and 40 presenters were selected from more than 100 submissions, representing a growth in interest in the conference in recent years.“We’ve actually grown a little in status,” he said. “We were mostly recruiting from around the Midwest and the smaller region, but now we’ve grown to an international conference. We’re recruiting people from London, from Africa. We have better keynote speakers as well.”Fellow co-chair Ana Dionne-Lanier said increasing numbers of participants have learned of the conference through social media and networking.“We have an external contact list that we always use throughout the country to other peace studies programs, but even that’s growing to include even more programs that are outside peace studies,” she said.The conference schedule features roundtable discussions, panel discussions, multimedia displays, a general session and a keynote address, as well as meals and receptions. Dionne-Lanier said the two roundtable discussions allow for more nuanced discussions about various topics in peace studies.“They’re all papers that we went through this abstract process with, who we pulled out as people who had something very unique and interesting to say about peace studies and that really stood out and could stand alone,” Dionne-Lanier said. “We gave [the students] the opportunity to lead their own discussion. It’s going to be a more intimate session, so they can really talk about their research and get into it.”According to the conference schedule, the panel discussions will concern a number of topics, from human trafficking to refugees to feminism in the field.“The panel discussions came together really nicely because we looked at all the abstracts and looked at the different major themes in peace studies that we’ve identified and seen, and through that … were some things that came across throughout the abstracts,” Dionne-Lanier said. “They ended up coming together across these broader topics.”Dionne-Lanier said the general session tonight, led by Kroc Associate director Anne Hayner, will allow attendees to network with others in the field.“We’re bringing together all these people from all over the country and a few international students, so it gives them the extra opportunity to network with each other and to build this larger network of peace builders as we all move on in our careers,” Dionne-Lanier said.On Saturday, Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, will deliver the keynote address, “Understanding the Global Decline in Violence: Will it Last?”According to his webpage, Mack has written or edited 60 books and published over 60 articles on politics and security.“He’s a really big player in the field, and we’re very, very excited about him, especially because he’s an expert in what we’re trying to do,” DeFrieze said. “His presentation will be about the global decline in violence, and that’s obviously a major change since the Cold War.”Registration for food and materials is closed, but Dionne-Lanier said anyone is welcome to attend the presentations and discussions. Tags: Peace Conferencelast_img read more

Weston Playhouse Boasts Record Year

first_imgThe award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (WPTC), Vermont’s oldest professional theatre company, completed its 66th anniversary season with record-breaking box office and critical success. The Theatre brought Vermont Premieres of Smokey Joe’s Café, Proof, The Triumph of Love, St. Nicholas, and David Copperfield, and two sold-out musicals, Oklahoma! and Chicago, both still playing on Broadway, to the Weston stage in an extended season that ran from June through October.WPTC Producing Directors Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort and Steve Stettler acknowledged the unparalleled support of sponsors, contributors, patrons and volunteers, noting that “with the help of so many, the Weston Playhouse boasted higher profile productions, larger audiences, and the greatest number of subsidized tickets and accessibility services in its history.”2002 marked the inaugural year for the WPTC Individual Sponsorship program. More than thirty-five individuals participated, providing vital funding for each mainstage production. In return, the sponsors enjoyed an insider’s view of the creative process, meeting the actors and directors, attending rehearsals and enjoying backstage tours.Dedicated to educating its existing audience and to building the audience of the future through its growing Education and Outreach Programs, the Weston Playhouse added library reading programs, expanded school mentorships and sign interpreted performances to its growing list of services in 2002.last_img read more

Crawford registers easy win in GCF’s third points race for 2017 season

first_imgBERBICE cyclist Romello Crawford easily won the Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) third points race for the 2017 season, returning a time of three hours, 04.11 seconds to earn 15 points for the win.Crawford’s Berbice counterpart Curtis Dey finished second and was one length behind Crawford crossing the finish line.There were 28 cyclists who faced the starter at the Ocean View International Hotel, East Coast Demerara, and after being sent on their way to the Abary Bridge, East Coast Demerara and back to the place of origin for the finish, the pack of cyclists took their time riding at about 27 miles an hour and on their way up to Abary Bridge, there were several attempts by some cyclists to attack, but the peloton was right on their (attackers) back wheel, preventing any break from being established.On turning back for the downward journey, Crawford and Dey made a break and was followed by Mario King and Alonzo Ambrose who both failed in their effort to connect and the duo of Crawford and Dey worked in tandem until the final 100 metres when Crawford surged ahead of Dey and won by a length quite comfortably.For the win, Crawford earned 15 points while Dey received 12 points; but the duo are still way behind Jamal John, who is leading on the GCF’s points standing and who has won the first two points races and has accumulated 30 points to date.John was not a part of yesterday’s event since he, like team United’s Andrew Hicks and Hamza Eastman, are campaigning in the United States.The other top eight places yesterday were occupied by Mario King, Alonzo Ambrose, Leer Nunes, Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson, Jaikarran Sukhai, Warren McKay, Deoraj Garbarran, Junior Niles, Nigel Dugid and Jason Cameron respectively.Of the 10 prime prizes that were up for grabs, Crawford won four while Andre Green and Dey won two each. Niles and Ambrose won one each.Close on John’s wheel in the points standing with 20 points from two third place finishes in the previous two races is Hicks.Following Hicks is Raphael Leung with 13 points, Paul DeNobrega (12) and Briton John (12).Hamza Eastman is next with 10 points, but like Hicks, he too is campaigning on the US circuit.Leer Nunes and Junior Niles also have 10 points and they are followed by Ian Jackson (4), Dwayne Gibbs Jr (4), Jason Camereon (3), Eric Sankar (2), Ralph Williams (1) and Everal Murphy (1).The GCF is using the points system for selecting their national team for Regional and International competitions, despite the selectees not being reigning champions and in some cases, not even being runners-up in national championships, resulting in Guyana being poorly represented at the recently concluded Pan American Road Race Championship that was held in the Dominican Republic.last_img

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Fest results announced

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following are results of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival held Saturday at Sellers Park.Chili cookoff Best Decorated – Impact BankSpirit Award – Tie between Impact Bank & Crusaders of the StagePeople’s Choice – Impact Bank1st Place – Impact Bank2nd Place – Wellington Recreation Commission (WRC)3rd Place – Ferg’s Chili  BBQ CookoffPeople’s Choice: Travelin’ Smoke BBQGrand Champion: Travelin’ Smoke BBQReserve Grand Champion: Roadrunner BBQChicken1st – Jose Smoke2nd – Roadrunner BBQ3rd – Silvercreek SmokersRibs1st – Travelin’ Smoke BBQ2nd – Roadrunner BBQ3rd – Ferg’s BBQPork1st – Silvercreek Smokers2nd – Jose Smoke3rd – Roadrunner BBQBrisket1st – TD’s BBQ2nd – Travelin’ Smoke BBQ3rd – Jose Smoke Grandma’s Apple Pie Contest:1st Place – “Apple Crumble Pie” From Barbara White2nd Place – “Apple Pie (Rosette)” From Sunni Bales2rd Place – “Cinnamon Apple Pie” From Barbara White Salsa Contest:People’s Choice – Mike Castaneda1st Place – America’s Front Porch Film Co. (Nate Jones)2nd Place – Backroad Mama’s (Debbie Janzen)3rd Place – Mike Casteneda  Jalapeno Eating Contest1st Place - 2nd Place – Jace RouchFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more