Higher education institutions have historically played a vital role in resolving conflict through education, training, and research. This year’s International Education Week offers an opportunity to celebrate the significance of international education in addressing the world’s modern-day conflicts. Join USIP and NAFSA: Association of International Educators as we explore best practices in peacebuilding shared by experts from the peacebuilding and international education communities. The event will examine ties between higher education and conflict resolution and consider innovative approaches for creating—and sustaining—more peaceful societies. Join the conversation on Twitter with #IEW2019.

Students at the American University of Afghanistan study in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)
Students at the American University of Afghanistan study in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

Agenda

9:30am – 10:00am: Registration, Coffee, Tea, Networking

10:00am – 10:10am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Jill Welch
    Vice President, External Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

10:10am – 10:45am: Keynote Address: Higher Education and Conflict Resolution and Its Consequences 

  • Melanie Greenberg
    Managing Director for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Humanity United 
  • Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, moderator
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

10:45am – 11:55am: Panel Discussion: Conflict and Its Consequences 

  • LaNitra Berger
    Director of Fellowships, George Mason University; NAFSA Board Member; and editor of a forthcoming NAFSA book on social justice
  • Shirin Catterson Khosropour
    Director, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Austin Community College
  • Beza Tesfaye
    Senior Researcher, Mercy Corps
  • Jill Welch, moderator
    Vice President, External Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace

11:55am – 12:00pm: Closing Remarks

  • Jill Welch
    Vice President, External Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace
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