Monday, January 26, 2009

Back to Life, Back to Reality…

Today marks day one of second semester and I am excited. I have spent the last 3 weeks in a Geographic Information Systems intersession class and am definitely glad that is over. I am now almost officially half way through grad school with 16 units completed and 17 more to go.

My classes for this semester:
PJS 570: Environmental Justice in a More-Than-Human-World
PJS 594: Ethnicity and Culture in Conflict Resolution
PJS 594: Intervention Methodology
PJS 566: International Negotiations

Upcoming events at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (for those interested in attending):

Religion, Migration and National Identity

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Peace & Justice Theatre
Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, J.C.D., will address the efforts of different faith communities to grapple with the challenges of contemporary immigration and assimilation. As the secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants, Marchetto will offer a unique perspective on this timely issue. No RSVP needed.

Firsthand Perspectives on Gaza
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Peace & Justice Theatre
Following an unsuccessful six-week attempt to deliver medical supplies for a humanitarian project late last year, Nader Elbanna and Miko Peled have unique perspectives on the current situation in Gaza. Being denied entrance into Gaza along with doctors, reporters and many others, the Palestinian and Israeli subsequently interviewed people from Israel and Jordan to gain a sense of their positions. The founders of the Elbanna-Peled Foundation will share their perspectives and present on their recent experience in the Middle East through dialogue, photographs and a Q&A session. RSVP necessary.

Migration, Religion, and National Identity
International Conference

April 15 - 16, 2009
Joan B. Kroc Theatre, University of San Diego

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