Recommended: Peace Studies Conference

The 21st annual Peace Studies Conference, a project of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium, will be held all day Saturday, Nov. 14, at Le Moyne College.

The program theme is “Youth, Drugs, Violence, and Gangs: Global, National and Local Challenges.” The conference will provide a venue for discussion of youth and gang violence and will share peacemaking tools and alternatives to violence.

The conference Web site says: “Younger and younger children are carrying guns and selling drugs, and the attraction of ‘gangs’ and thug culture is strong in many communities. … A peaceful future depends on meeting the challenges of violence at all levels, including developing alternatives for youth in our own communities.”

A regular attendee of The Stand’s workshops, Lynn Olcott, will be participating in this event and speak during the session on “Teaching Behind the Wall.”  She recently sent me some articles she wrote about her expereinces teaching young women at the Onondaga County Justice Center and she has much she can share about the barriers our students face and why many are not making it out of high school.

The conference is open to all. You may even register the day of the event for $15. Vegan-friendly food will be provided, daycare is availalbe upon request and  all rooms are wheelchair accessible.

For more information or to register, visit the conference’s Web site.


A complete schedule is below:


Registration & Booths (Reilly Hall breezeway)

Welcoming (RH 446)
Barron Boyd, Director of Peace and Global Studies, Le Moyne College
Youth in the 21st Century
1. Gabriel Colella, SUNY Cortland – Peace, Values, Personal Responsibility
2. Maurice McFarlin, Northeastern Illinois University – Black Youth and Black Gang Violence
3. Elizabeth Murray, George Mason University – Virtual Gangs: MS-13 on Social Networking
Building Peaceful Schools
1. Hakim M. A. Williams, Teacher’s College, Columbia University – The Role of Structural Violence in Postcolonial Schools
2. Anya Stanger, Syracuse University – Education and the Prevention of Youth Violence: A Program Response for Schools
3. Olek Netzer, Tel Aviv, Israel – Concerning A Democratic Structural Change of Regimen and Life’s Experience In Schools
4. Brian J. Trautman, Berkshire Community College – Peace Curriculum: Cultivating Informed and Active Global Citizens for Change and Justice

Teaching Behind the Wall
1. Lynn Olcott, SUNY Cortland
2. Jim DeChick, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center
3. Jim Garvey, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center
4. Mecke Nagel, SUNY Cortland
Building a Peaceful Community
1. Terrance Byrd-El, LTPFJ Movement – Boys to Men
2. TBA, Hillside, NY
3. David Connelly, Osborne Center for Social Justice
4. Renee Emerson, George Junior Republic – Youth, Sexuality, and Disability
Keynote Speaker (RH 446)
Julius Edwards, Human Rights Commissioner Onondaga County
Lunch (RH 446)
Awards Ceremony (RH 446)
2009 Peace Studies Award Recipients

Peace Studies Book of the Year
“Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards”
Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University, Marta P. Baltodano, Loyola Marymount University, and Linda Symcox, California State University, Long Beach

Peace Studies Media of the Year
“The Jena 6”
Big Noise Films

Peace Studies Undergraduate Project of the Year
“Political Media Review”
Sarat Colling, Brock University

Peace Studies Graduate Paper of the Year
“Articulating a Contemporary Anarcha-Feminism”
Deric Shannon, University of Connecticut

Peace Studies Faculty Paper the Year
“Understanding Evil from the Perspective of Nonviolence”
Robert Holmes, University of Rochester
Evidence-Based Practice
Edward Hayes, CEO, Cayuga Home for Children – A Proven Approach to Reducing Youth Violence and Achieving Reductions in Youth Out-of-Home Placements and Arrests
Group Building with Youth
Save the Kids, Le Moyne College and SUNY Cortland Students

Community Practitioners on Youth Violence
1. Cherylene Billue, Youth for Peace – Empowering Youth to Deal with Conflict and Trauma
2. Marsha Weissman. Center for Community Alternatives – Student Perspectives on School Suspension and the School to Prison Pipeline
3. Jim Dessauer, Compass and Caroline Tauxe, Le Moyne College – Addressing Youth Problems Through Engaged Community Development
Reintegrating into the Community
1. Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, SUNY Cortland – Caring Nonviolently for the Childhood Victims of Violence
2. Andrew Benson Green Jr,, Freetown, Sierra Leone – Child Soldier Project in Sierra Leone
3. Jim Czarniak, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center – The New Role of the Non-Profit in Working With Youth Surrounded By Violence
4. John W. McCullough, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, Inc. – RESTORE
PLENARY – From the Inside Out (RH 446)
1. Jackie DeNero, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center
2. Ray Barnes, Center for Community Alternatives
Robert Rubinstein, Syracuse University

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