School of International Service (SIS)
& Development Institute to
Program in June
AU'S CAMPUS BUSTLES,
even in the summer
months. In the summer
of 2001, about 40 participants
attended the first
Peacebuilding & Development
program held at AU. This
June, the same program
will attract nearly 200 participants from AU and every
region of the world. Created and led by PDI Director Dr.
Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Saji Prelis (SIS/MA '01), the
associate director of PDI, the three-week training program
has grown tremendously.
"The summer course fills a very important need,"
said Prelis. As one of the first academic initiatives designed
to bring together the fields of peacebuilding and development,
it is intended for government officials, foreign aid
workers, conflict resolution practitioners, and others working
in conflict zones. The sessions build on their daily field
work. Participants choose one course per week, for a total
of three courses. The 2007 program features numerous
choices, such as "Religion and Culture in Conflict Resolution"
and "Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Post-Conflict
High demand for this unique training has led to PDI's
first programs overseas. This April, a three-week training
institute will be held in Sri Lanka. PDI is planning another
regional program in East Africa in 2009. Visit the PDI web site for more information
about its programs. International applicants for the June
2007 program at AU should apply as early as possible to ensure adequate time for obtaining visas.