Faculty and Staff News https://carterschool.gmu.edu/ en Richard Rubenstein attends conference in Rome on peacemaking in Ukraine https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2022-06/richard-rubenstein-attends-conference-rome-peacemaking-ukraine <span>Richard Rubenstein attends conference in Rome on peacemaking in Ukraine</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/261" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mariam Aburdeineh</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/28/2022 - 15:20</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/rrubenst" hreflang="und">Richard Rubenstein</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="1f96aeeb-7d7c-4173-a2f5-bc387562359f"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/"> <h4 class="cta__title">Learn more about the Carter School <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="paragraph"><span class="intro-text">George Mason University <a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/" target="_blank">Carter School</a> professor <a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/rrubenst" target="_blank">Richard Rubenstein</a> attended a workshop conference at the <a href="http://www.pass.va/content/scienzesociali/en.html" target="_blank">Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences</a> at the Vatican on June 6-7 to discuss peacemaking in Ukraine and other global conflict sites. The conference was organized by the U.N. Development Solutions Network headed by Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs.</span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/styles/small_content_image/public/2022-06/Richard%20Rubenstein%20at%20Pontifical%20Conference_George%20Mason%20University_Thumbnail.png?itok=n3WaAe9M" width="350" height="350" alt="George Mason University Carter School professor Richard Rubenstein speaks at the Pontifical Institute for Social Sciences at the Vatican. He is seated at a table, wearing a gray suit and tie, and reading into a microphone. His name is shown on a desk plate. Behind him is Francesco Di Nitto." loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Carter School professor Richard Rubenstein speaks on peacemaking in Ukraine at the Vatican. Photo by Gabriella C. Marino.</figcaption></figure><p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>“The purpose was to produce <span>a statement </span>that would be given to the pope<span> and that might also influence the parties to the conflict in Ukraine,” Rubenstein said.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure class="quote"><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The meeting addressed the question </span></span></span><span><span><span>of how to prevent </span></span></span><span><span><span>the conflict in Ukraine</span></span></span><span><span><span> from becoming</span></span></span><span><span><span> a ‘frozen conflict,’ and the need for </span></span></span><span><span><span>early peace </span></span></span><span><span><span>negotiations,” Rubenstein said. “While the issue of what kinds of concessions might need to be made by both parties was discussed, the experts were in agreement that trust needs to be built on both sides and </span></span></span><span><span><span>that </span></span></span><span><span><span>a guarantee of peace in Eastern Europe is a necessity.”</span></span></span> </span></span></span></figure><p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>About 40 VIPs were in attendance, including Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy and 10th president of the European Commission; Jeffrey Sachs, university professor at Columbia University;</span> <span>Michael von der Schulenburg, former United Nations assistant secretary-general in UN Peace Missions; Mario Marazziti, former deputy and president of Human Rights Committee, Italian Parliament; and Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School.</span> </span></span></span></p> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>Attendees each gave a 10- to 15-minute presentation, Rubenstein said, which included open discussions.</span> <br />  </span></span></span><br /><span><span><span>“<a href="https://www.unsdsn.org/participants-of-the-science-and-ethics-of-happiness-study-group-call-on-religious-leaders-for-peace" target="_blank"><span><span>The statement</span></span></a> is now getting more signatories,” said Rubenstein. “It was a good meeting, and it may have some results. We’ll see.” </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span>What do you hope the impact of the statement will be?</span></strong> </span></span></span></h3> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>“What we want to happen is to get the document into places where it will be discussed by decision makers.” </span> </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span>What was the pope’s reaction?</span></strong> </span></span></span></h3> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>“Pope <span>Francis </span>has already made a statement on this. The pope says to stop dramatizing, stop trying to turn this into some type of titanic struggle about the fate of an autocracy—that’s not what it’s about. It’s a very interesting statement by the pope and, I think, partly, that’s a response to our discussion.”</span> </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span>What was your role at the conference?</span></strong> </span></span></span></h3> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>“One of my roles there was to raise the question of when this is all over, how do these people learn to live with each other again? What kind of reconciliation is going to be possible considering how many people are getting killed and how much bitterness has been created by the war?”</span> </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span>What does this say about the Carter School and Mason to be represented at the meeting?</span></strong> </span></span></span></h3> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span><span>“It’s a really good sign. It’s not just our expertise in negotiation that's being recogni<span>zed, but our </span>independence of mind and our ability to think about the possibilities of peacemaking even in a wartime atmosphere.<span> Everyone at the conference understood that peacemakers may be blessed, but this doesn’t mean they will be popular.</span>”</span> </span></span></span></p> <figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/2022-06/Pontifical%20Conference%20Group%20Shot_Rich%20Rubenstein.png" width="1200" height="552" alt="Attendees of the Pontifical Institute for Social Sciences stand for a photo together outside the Vatican. " loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Attendees at the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences outside of the Vatican. Photo credit: Gabriella C. Marino</figcaption></figure><p class="paragraph"> </p> <p class="paragraph"><span><span><span> </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/901" hreflang="en">Carter School Leadership</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/176" hreflang="en">Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" hreflang="en">Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Peacebuilding</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/231" hreflang="en">peacemaking</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/221" hreflang="en">peacebuilding and analysis</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1191" hreflang="en">Ukraine</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1196" hreflang="en">Russia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1151" hreflang="en">global understanding</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Campus News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/676" hreflang="en">Faculty and Staff News</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:20:16 +0000 Mariam Aburdeineh 2831 at https://carterschool.gmu.edu An unusual prison encounter inspired this alum to open doors for peacebuilding https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2021-10/unusual-prison-encounter-inspired-alum-open-doors-peacebuilding <span>An unusual prison encounter inspired this alum to open doors for peacebuilding</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/261" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mariam Aburdeineh</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/14/2021 - 12:08</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/apaczyns" hreflang="und">Agnieszka Paczyńska</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/sallen29" hreflang="und">Susan Allen</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/cdavids5" hreflang="und">Charles Davidson</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:call_to_action" data-inline-block-uuid="ce942f0f-9235-47d7-80e8-2f10929fcc5e"> <div class="cta"> <a class="cta__link" href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/"> <h4 class="cta__title">Learn more about the Carter School <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i> </h4> <span class="cta__icon"></span> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/2021-10/70020758_10104303721290037_3581489536401670144_n.jpeg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Charles Davidson hiking outdoors with backpack" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Charles Davidson being airlifted by the United Nations in the Congo in 2019, after the region came under attack from militia groups in the area. Photo provided.</figcaption></figure><p><span class="intro-text">A cultural immersion trip in 2008 brought Charles Davidson (PhD ’19) inside the walls of San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia. What he saw there not only changed his life, he said, but ignited a spark of inspiration that led to peacebuilding efforts around the world.</span></p> <p><span><span><span>“At the time, children were living in the prison with their incarcerated parents because there was nowhere else for them to go,” said Davidson, research faculty and alumnus of George Mason University’s </span><a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/"><span>Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</span></a><span>. “I felt so deeply this reality that children were paying the price of their parents’ crimes, and I felt there was more to be done to address issues in war-torn countries, especially as a person of faith.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>From that moment, Davidson said he decided to dedicate his life to breaking cycles of violence. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I came back to the United States and started reading everything I could about what it meant to be a professional peacebuilder,” the Arkansas native said. “I wrote down names of different war-torn countries I wanted to affect change in and nailed [the paper] to my doorframe.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>His dream wasn’t fleeting. Davidson said he spent his early 20s traveling to and living in conflict-ridden countries, including Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Honduras and Uganda, to learn as much as he could about conflicts and peacebuilding. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When he returned home in 2009, he founded the nonprofit, </span><a href="https://www.innovationsinpeacebuilding.com/"><span>Innovations in Peacebuilding International</span></a><span> (formerly ForgottenSong),</span><span> which has launched or supported 16 peacebuilding projects in five war-torn countries.</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>“A mountaintop moment for us has been working directly with the demobilization of child combatants [in the Congo],” Davidson said. </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>In partnership with a Congolese-led organization that works to demobilize young people engaged with militias, Davidson’s group helps offer sustainable futures and peaceful alternatives to children, when and if they choose to leave those militias. That could mean helping fund their education, or supporting their start in agriculture, entrepreneurship, or pursuit of a technical skill, Davidson said.</span></span></span></p> <figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/2021-10/IMG_1693%5B24%5D.jpg_0.png" width="725" height="368" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>From left to right: David Bubasha, Charles Davidson, and the late Thierry Shabani. Bubasha and Shabani were former child soldiers who left militias to start AJDC, an organization that works to demobilize child combatants in the Congo, and partners with IPI. 2019. Photo provided.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>“What has always impressed me about Charles is his infectious enthusiasm and passion for his work, research, family and friends, and especially for making the world a better place,” said Professor </span><a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/apaczyns"><span>Agnieszka Paczynska</span></a><span>. “He does this incredibly important work while remaining modest and humble.” </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Davidson said the Carter School, with its reputation for being a leader in peacebuilding, was his dream PhD program. </span></span></span></h3> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/2021-10/IMG_4512%20copy%202.png" width="350" height="263" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Davidson and his wife, Abby, in Andorra in 2018. “[Abby] has always backed my ideas, and been the breadwinner for so long as I charged through school,” Davidson said. "I no way would be able to have done any of this [work] without her moral and all other types of support.”</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>“I got to learn the dynamics about what it means to be a peacebuilder from many different angles, read the great minds, be around great thinkers, attend conferences and meet my scholarly heroes,” Davidson said, adding that what he learned continues to influence his work.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“[The Carter School] helped me respect the agency and identity of people involved with conflict,” he said. “Thereby, it equipped me to go searching for peace in the minds of those who were experienced in the conflict, rather than thinking I possessed all the answers.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Davidson is also impacting the world, said Professor </span><a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/sallen29"><span>Susan Allen</span></a><span>, as he leads Mason’s </span><a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2020-11/new-academy-carter-school-helps-future-leaders-navigate-political-conflicts"><span>Political Leadership Academy</span></a><span>, which encourages participants to embrace conflict in healthy ways.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I really hope that, domestically and internationally, my life and career will amount to people knowing how to think about conflict differently,” Davidson said. “If people are willing to meet one another on the field of their humanity, with kindness, love and respect, in spite of—or even through—their conflicts, I know I’ll have done my job.”</span></span></span></p> <figure role="group"><article><div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/2021-10/2.jpg" width="725" height="572" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> </article><figcaption>Davidson, and a team visiting the area to explore ideas for expanding peacemaking practices, gather with villagers from Minembwe in 2019, after the area came under attack from militia groups in the area. Photo provided.</figcaption></figure></div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/901" hreflang="en">Carter School Leadership</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/176" hreflang="en">Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" hreflang="en">Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Peacebuilding</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/111" hreflang="en">Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1046" hreflang="en">Nonprofits</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/181" hreflang="en">Carter School Political Leadership Academy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/286" hreflang="en">Students</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/251" hreflang="en">Alumni</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/676" hreflang="en">Faculty and Staff News</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:08:58 +0000 Mariam Aburdeineh 2621 at https://carterschool.gmu.edu Carter School takes its expertise overseas, bringing hope to war-torn Ukraine https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2021-03/carter-school-takes-its-expertise-overseas-bringing-hope-war-torn-ukraine <span>Carter School takes its expertise overseas, bringing hope to war-torn Ukraine</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/261" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mariam Aburdeineh</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/08/2021 - 13:00</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div class="layout__region region-first"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_associated_people" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-associated-people"> <h2>In This Story</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-associated-people field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">People Mentioned in This Story</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/ckoroste" hreflang="und">Karina Korostelina</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/jshedd" hreflang="und">Juliette Shedd</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/profiles/mschoeny" hreflang="und">Mara Schoeny</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasebody"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Body</div> <div class="field__item"><figure role="group"> <div alt="Kharkiv, Ukraine Dialogue and Difference Project Participants" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="feature_image_large 1 Array" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3c35937e-5b56-4fc5-90e2-7ad3888cf714" title="Kharkiv, Ukraine Dialogue and Difference Project Participants" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/styles/feature_image_large/public/2021-03/Unknown-1.jpeg?itok=hoizALLZ" alt="Kharkiv, Ukraine Dialogue and Difference Project Participants" title="Kharkiv, Ukraine Dialogue and Difference Project Participants" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Carter School faculty and participants in a "Dialogue and Difference Project" Seminar in Kharkiv, Ukraine prior to the pandemic. Photo provided.</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span>The eastern region of Ukraine has been an intense battleground since 2014, when Russia controversially annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and invaded the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Though a ceasefire was called, it has been violated daily. More than 10,000 people have died and roughly 1.6 million are registered as internally displaced people (IDP). </span></span></p> <p><span><span>But a step toward hope and peace may be on the horizon, thanks to George Mason University’s <a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/">Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a>, and their new project funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“While we were working on [another U.S. Department of State-funded project introducing conflict resolution curricula in Ukraine], we were envisioning what else can be done,” said Carter School professor <a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/ckoroste">Karina Korostelina</a>, who is spearheading the project with Associate Dean <a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/jshedd">Julie Shedd</a> and associate professor <a href="http://activity.scar.gmu.edu/people/mara-schoeny">Mara Schoeny</a>. “While conflict resolution can be used in schools, the major issue is conflict within the society.”</span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"> <div alt="Karina Korostelina" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="feature_image_large 1 Array" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="8f3cee3c-0778-401a-889d-59bf814463c3" title="Karina Korostelina" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/styles/feature_image_large/public/2021-03/140522502.jpg?itok=kOhBQAeK" alt="Karina Korostelina" title="Karina Korostelina" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Karina Korostelina</figcaption> </figure> <p><span><span>One important issue in Ukrainian society is the inclusion and rights of IDPs.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“People who work in local administration have a lot of knowledge, but don’t know how to deal with IDPs, how to negotiate conflicts, how to use a problem-solving approach to conflict resolution,” Korostelina said. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>That’s where Mason’s project comes in.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Faculty from the Carter School will be educating professors in Ukraine on conflict resolution best practices, so they can create a course to teach their own students in Ukraine. The project will also establish an internship program for undergraduate students at three Ukrainian universities, which were selected because their locations host the highest numbers of IDPs.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“We educate and teach students how to become agents of change in their communities,” Korostelina said.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>About 15 students per university will intern with local administrations and NGOs that work with IDPs or community development projects. The goal is that these students will bring their newly learned skills to their internship.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The experiential learning equips students with skills to be leaders in society, and could potentially lead to jobs at these organizations after graduation, Korostelina said. It also reinforces values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“I strongly believe in education as one of the keys for conflict resolution,” </span>Korostelina <span>said. “The more people are aware of how conflict functions and what factors contribute to it, the less they actually become the subject of manipulation in conflict dynamics.”</span>  </span></span></p> <p><span><span>It’s an ambitious project, she said, but it originates from Mason’s previous successful projects in the region. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The Carter School, in its 40-year history, has always been an active actor in peacebuilding internationally, and this project is just the latest example of our substantial footprint for peace and justice across the world,” said Carter School Dean </span><a href="https://carterschool.gmu.edu/profiles/aozerdem">Alpaslan Özerdem</a><span>. “Such a groundbreaking collaborative initiative between universities and NGOs through university students’ engagement is an excellent way of training future peacebuilders across the world.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The project could also enable Ukrainian faculty to contribute more research in the conflict resolution field, and help communities address conflict more effectively, Korostelina said, adding that she hopes the model could be replicated around the world.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“People have to understand and acknowledge the importance of conflict resolution education,” she said. “What is great about our project is we bring knowledge to regions, which were not exposed to this knowledge before.”</span></span></p> <figure role="group"> <div alt="Last semester they conducted the first series of four workshops on-line on incorporating conflict resolution in internship curricula. " data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="feature_image_large 1 Array" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="4914ce40-6017-4eb6-888b-8f7eab546cdb" title="Last semester they conducted the first series of four workshops on-line on incorporating conflict resolution in internship curricula. " data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/g/files/yyqcgq191/files/styles/feature_image_large/public/2021-03/Screen%20Shot%202020-11-12%20at%209.59.40%20AM%5B2%5D.png%5B93%5D.png?itok=AvinoXdF" alt="Last semester they conducted the first series of four workshops on-line on incorporating conflict resolution in internship curricula. " title="Last semester they conducted the first series of four workshops on-line on incorporating conflict resolution in internship curricula. " typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Last semester, Carter School faculty conducted the first of four online workshop series on incorporating conflict resolution in internship curricula. Photo provided.</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:news_release:field_content_topics" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodenews-releasefield-content-topics"> <h2>Topics</h2> <div class="field field--name-field-content-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Topics</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/911" hreflang="en">Carter School Faculty</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/901" hreflang="en">Carter School Leadership</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/176" hreflang="en">Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" hreflang="en">Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/196" hreflang="en">Campus News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/676" hreflang="en">Faculty and Staff News</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 18:00:30 +0000 Mariam Aburdeineh 2476 at https://carterschool.gmu.edu In Memoriam: Dennis Sandole https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2018-05/memoriam-dennis-sandole <span>In Memoriam: Dennis Sandole</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melanie Balog</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/07/2018 - 19:49</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div > </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="28b095e8-bc38-48d6-bb3d-194d8e49eee5" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="block-feature-image caption-below"> <div class="feature-image"> <div class="narrow-overlaid-image"><img src="https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu/sites/g/files/yyqcgq336/files/" alt="" /></div> </div> <div class="feature-image-caption"> <div class="field field--name-field-feature-image-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="744f4f2f-f04f-4e34-836d-0231a38255c5" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It is with deep sadness that we share with you that our friend and colleague, Professor Dennis Sandole, has died after a long battle with cancer. Dennis was hired in 1981 as the first dedicated faculty member of S-CAR when it was the Center for Conflict Resolution. He will be dearly missed.</p> <p>A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Cy5cG3rQVgd0qzz5BFURw9soq_eNUKvrrpt4e8bTkR4V8pJmqXmq0X_GV6WmaZPyOiyjj1VyOsio_l4lPScSSGWmA8-051K_qyfNB35PFTbk_6Kely90xvBwAQoKEat4qGjyLbE9eLsYwK8MqHJ5Ru_abjMqucecp6UzJzerKj8=&amp;c=Ri1ZyJyLzJEXi0sqF-scV4LDDRl4fICCBJwlFOZVh0JEJ2FiQ8Elaw==&amp;ch=8wnKyTimMdY5bhKz7zHIg2vwlZXKhmhOBnAWTR6E8ENbjsnfHwMt2Q==" target="_blank">Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home</a>, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m.</p> <p>We invite you to share your memories of Dennis in this <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Cy5cG3rQVgd0qzz5BFURw9soq_eNUKvrrpt4e8bTkR4V8pJmqXmq0X_GV6WmaZPyxgOVQJZc7inXOjmVqWgRAsJd_LG18Klj-fOmcwUcrEIBFwovN-kX9ue0DSeVzpFERaaN0xq6dBnSDVRV2kSkSV8ofrcrcqz7Ue0NUfe2tLAWNrWl-Qp5PmIdb1PX5Dgvi1caOBcekrlsfoctRYh6SUhsOH8W1OxQVd4-7HjRSbzvxZoMAZmohQ==&amp;c=Ri1ZyJyLzJEXi0sqF-scV4LDDRl4fICCBJwlFOZVh0JEJ2FiQ8Elaw==&amp;ch=8wnKyTimMdY5bhKz7zHIg2vwlZXKhmhOBnAWTR6E8ENbjsnfHwMt2Q==" target="_blank">online guestbook</a>.</p> <p>Gifts in Dennis's memory can be made to the George Mason University Foundation, Inc. and designated to the S-CAR Dean’s Fund at 3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3, Arlington, VA 22201. Contributions can also be made online at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Cy5cG3rQVgd0qzz5BFURw9soq_eNUKvrrpt4e8bTkR4V8pJmqXmq0X_GV6WmaZPyX4XV2Ae78yvgvZYkTNX6bc_yeK7HGh-nkXysv7AxAae6msTKikLmQW-iHYVh0IAOU8i7SzklO7Q=&amp;c=Ri1ZyJyLzJEXi0sqF-scV4LDDRl4fICCBJwlFOZVh0JEJ2FiQ8Elaw==&amp;ch=8wnKyTimMdY5bhKz7zHIg2vwlZXKhmhOBnAWTR6E8ENbjsnfHwMt2Q==" target="_blank">give.gmu.edu</a>.</p> <p><em>- S-CAR Dean Kevin Avruch</em></p> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="225588a4-b321-45e2-859e-878b46f64ef9" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 07 May 2018 23:49:58 +0000 Melanie Balog 2001 at https://carterschool.gmu.edu Rubenstein, Faculty Member of the Year, took time to find his calling https://carterschool.gmu.edu/news/2017-05/rubenstein-faculty-member-year-took-time-find-his-calling <span>Rubenstein, Faculty Member of the Year, took time to find his calling </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melanie Balog</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/12/2017 - 05:25</span> <div class="layout layout--gmu layout--twocol-section layout--twocol-section--30-70"> <div > </div> <div class="layout__region region-second"> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="3e864612-6177-4f6c-93a9-2587a2332c60" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="block-feature-image caption-below"> <div class="feature-image"> <div class="narrow-overlaid-image"><img src="https://content.sitemasonry.gmu.edu/sites/g/files/yyqcgq336/files/content-image/Rich_Rubenstein_342.jpg" alt="Richard Rubenstein" /></div> </div> <div class="feature-image-caption"> <div class="field field--name-field-feature-image-caption field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"> <p>Richard Rubenstein</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="b7cce70a-c327-46a8-a2cd-bf5efc60c976" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It’s right around 1958 and a young Richard Rubenstein is at a crossroads. He’s about to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard College but still has questions about his future. He goes to the campus preacher.</p> <p>“I told him, ‘I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,’” he said.</p> <p>His mother had set a high bar, Rubenstein said, telling him she thought he could be the first Jewish president of the United States.</p> <p>The preacher spoke about “the calling,” an intense feeling of knowing exactly what one needs to do with one’s life. He assured Rubenstein he would experience it, too, when the time was right.</p> <p>So he practiced law in Washington, D.C., for a few years before finding himself involved in the antiwar movement in Chicago during the explosive unrest of the 1960s.</p> <p>That’s when a friend from the Black Power Movement suggested he come teach at Malcom X Community College.</p> <p>“I walked into the classroom and ‘Bam!’ This is what the preacher meant, this is the calling,” Rubenstein said.</p> <p>Research, teaching and writing form a holy trinity of sorts for Rubenstein, earning him great praise from his George Mason University colleagues who nominated him for the honor he now holds, Faculty Member of the Year.</p> <p>He’s been teaching at George Mason since 1987. In those 29 years, Rubenstein has had a lasting impact on the students he meets and teaches.</p> <p>Many alumni say he’s the reason they chose Mason, said Maria Seniw, director of development for the <a href="http://scar.gmu.edu/">School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution</a>, and a Mason alumna.</p> <p>“He understands which students would benefit from an education at S-CAR. He also understands what types of students will help S-CAR grow,” she said.</p> <p>Rubenstein said teaching is a little like parenting; he views his students as sort of a quasi-family. He’s learned a great deal from his students, as many of them come from conflict-ridden places.</p> <p>“They’ll teach you about conflict as much as you teach them,” Rubenstein said.</p> <p>Conflict and resolution caught his interest at an early age. He describes his parents as “scrappy Truman liberals.” His mother was very political in the 1940s, a time when it was uncommon for women to voice their strong political opinions.</p> <p>Discussing politics was also a way for him to bond with his father.</p> <p>“It made me realize that conflicts are great, as long as it’s for a constructive purpose,” Rubenstein said. "This is exactly how the founders of our school, scholar-activists like John Burton and Jim Laue, felt about conflict. Constructive conflict is the road to social change."</p> <p>Rubenstein was honored at the Mason Alumni Association’s annual Celebration of Distinction on April 25. </p> </div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="inline_block:basic" data-inline-block-uuid="bf9458a2-ecc9-40ae-bc56-5b3ef63aeda2" class="block block-layout-builder block-inline-blockbasic"> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 May 2017 09:25:14 +0000 Melanie Balog 1821 at https://carterschool.gmu.edu