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April Talks with CPACS

CPACS logoThe Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), sister organisation to the Sydney Peace Foundation, invites you to the following talks in April:

Kwibuka 20: remember-unite-renew

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. CPACS will join with the Rwandan Community of NSW to organise two commemoration events:

Thursday 3 April | 2-4 pm

University of Sydney, Education Lecture Theatre 351
Lecture “To Prevent Future Rwandas” by Eyal Mayroz –Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

Thursday 10 April | 6-8 pm Preceded by refreshments in the Woolley Common Room from 5.30 pm

University of Sydney, Woolley Lecture Theatre N395, John Woolley Building, Science Road
Address “Kwibuka 20: Journey of Hope for Rwanda” by Dr Charles Muligande -Rwanda High Commissioner to Australia

Followed by Q&A with:
Dr Wendy Lambourne

Deputy Director and Academic Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Prof Shirley K Randell AO, PhD
Managing Director, Shirley Randell International
Founding Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education
Mr Lambert Ndakaza
Survivor of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi
Michelle Shaw
Hope Global Program manager, Rwanda Education Project Director
Mohamed Dukuly Facilitator and Trainer, NSW STARTTS

Read Wendy’s follow up article in Rwanda’s daily The New Times on April 14: Kwibuka 20: Rwanda’s journey of hope

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS): What you want to know and are afraid to ask

Tuesday 8 April 2014 | 6.30pm-8pm

Footbridge Theatre, Sydney University, Parramatta Rd, Camperdown
Doors open 6pm | Entry by donation

Key speakers:
*   Jake Lynch, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Sydney Uni.
*   Samah Sabawi, Playwright/Policy Analyst
*   Olivia Zemor, CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, French BDS activist

With testimonies from:
*   Wendy Bacon, Journalist
*   Omar Barghouti, BDS National C’ttee (via video)
*   Antony Loewenstein, Journalist
*   Warren Smith, Unionist
*   Phil Monsour, Musician
*   Mary Kostakidis, journalist

Proceeds will support the Jake Lynch Fighting Fund

Follow up article in the New Matilda by Stuart Rees published 15 April: The Israel Lobby’s Goal Is Silence

Legacy of War

Thursday 17 April 2014 | 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Posters of Peace Gallery, Mackie Building K01, University of Sydney

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) will host a photo exhibition and talk by John Rodsted on the deadly weapons called explosive remnants of war such as landmines and cluster munitions. John will talk about his firsthand experience in conflict-affected countries where he identified the presence of landmines, cluster bombs and unexplored ordnance in Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Timor Leste and Lebanon. His subject is mainly communities at risk, ordinary people trying to survive the horrors of war.

Speaker: John Rodsted

Photo Exhibition: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 April 2014, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Ending Hunger in Caring Communities

Monday 14 April, 2014 | 5.00-6.30 pm
Room 114, Mackie Building K01, University of Sydney

Most Studies of the problem of hunger in the world have treated it as a technical problem arising from limits in the capacity to produce food. Little attention has been given to the importnace of human relationships. It should be recognised that the likelihood of hunger occurring in any community depends on whether people care about one another, are indifferent, or exploit one another. In any stable community, if people care about one another’s well being, they are not likely to go hungry. This is true even where people have little money.

Caring communities can protect people from exploitation, they can establish local food systems that are sensitive to nutritional needs. Protecting and strengthening caring communities could be an effective means for reducing hunger in the world.

Speaker: George Kent, Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), University of Hawai’i, USA

Enemy Images as Barriers to Peace and Reconciliation: Using Cross-sectional surveys to look at Turkey’s Kurdish Issue from a Socio-Psychological Perspective

Wednesday 16 April 2014 | 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Woolley Common Room, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney

The Kurdish Issue in the Middle East is one of the longest and deadliest ethnic conflicts in the world. Although since 2009, there are efforts to transform this conflict, there is still no clear hope for a peaceful society in Turkey. This talk is about the complex multi-layered Kurdish Issue and possible intervention mechanisms for peace and reconciliation with an emphasis on barriers for societal bridging between Turks and Kurds who hold different enemy images. After introducing the history of the developments since 1984, PKK’s first attack in the southeast Turkey, the talk will concentrate on the lack of societal peace and reconciliatory moves.

Speaker: Associate Professor Ayşe Betül Çelik , Sabancı University, Turkey, CPACS Visiting Scholar.

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