Since its inception in 1999, the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding has sponsored faculty and student research, advanced education on the topic, and organized partnership initiatives to improve and expand citizen peacebuilding in the United States and around the world.  In acknowledgement and celebration of its 20-year history, the Center has organized a two-day conference, “Building Sustainable Peace Movements in a Divided World,” to discuss with other scholars and practitioners what we have learned from our sponsored research and long-term engagement in several case studies. These consist of identity-based violent conflicts in divided societies where citizen peacebuilding is still underway decades after large-scale violence has occurred. In a series of learning sessions on peace and sustainability, our cross-generational dialogue will focus on the research of former students in various conflict zones, the critical role women play in building peace, the impact peacebuilders can have on climate change, the lessons learned from ongoing citizen peacebuilding partnerships, and how we might do that work better. The examination of citizen peacebuilding is all the more urgent today given the increasingly rancorous political divisiveness in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Thus, the conference will discuss methods for reducing conflict, preventing violence, and building sustainable peace in our increasingly divided world. 

 

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