Palmerston North: Friday, 28 April - Public meeting to introduce the proposal for establishing an Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre.
"Currently there is no centre that can bring together the work that has been done and the work that is being done now in some university courses, in peace organisations, in the community and through some government initiatives. Peace and conflict studies at such a Centre would encompass a wide range of disciplines and consider peace in different contexts. It could: - teach and co-ordinate undergraduate and post graduate programs to provide the knowledge and practical skills necessary for students to be able to become peace builders, peace keepers and mediators in contemporary situations; - conduct research into the causes of conflict, models of conflict prevention and resolution and peace building strategies; - provide short courses and training for government and non-government organisations engaged in peace keeping and peace building; - provide advice to and do research on peace issues for public and private organisations; and - liaise with peace organisations within the community and the Peace Institutes or Centres around the world. The Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre once developed would provide undergraduate, graduate and research facilities so that New Zealanders wanting to be qualified in peace and conflict studies would no longer need to go overseas for a coherent degree, or piece together courses from a variety of institutions. The Centre would ideally be established within one or more universities with the facility to cooperate between departments and with other universities."
Starts 5pm in the public library, George Street. Professor Mason Durie, Deputy Vice Chancellor Maori, Massey University, will chair the meeting and members of the Steering Committee will outline the proposal for the Centre, and there will be comments on the proposal and general discussion about it. For more information contact email.