[caption id="attachment_1705" align="aligncenter" width="640"] From left to right:Anna, Alison, Robynn, Alejandro, Hannah, Diamond and Kathryn.[/caption] The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Wikipedia
On January 1, 2020, Dr. Polkinghorn and his group began their journey to India. Here are a couple of pictures from the trip. We look forward to getting many pictures from their adventure with Arun Gandhi. Here is the opening day's meeting. [huge_it_portfolio id="4"]
A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Peter Kelly has worked with survivors of terrorism for two decades. As a campaign strategist for those affected by 'Ireland's September 11th' and other global atrocities, Peter has leveraged the power of the media and political arena to promote justice and solidarity for terrorism victims worldwide. As a political journalist, speechwriter and tactician, Peter has networked global survivors groups together to promote their role within counter terrorism efforts. At the Center, he researches these dynamics in new programs to involve victims voices' in countering violent extremism, an initiative supported by the United Nations. Peter holds a BA in Politics & English from Queen's University Belfast, MA in International Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and is currently working on…
Right after graduation Noah, a Senior Research Fellow with the center, headed out for military training. He managed to make it back to SU for a week in July and then departed for Taiwan to undertake his Fulbright Scholar experience. Noah is one of four SU students who received a Fulbright this year. It is the highest academic honor the Federal Government bestows and he is an ideal recipient. Through Fulbright he is working on a Masters degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at the National Chengchi University. Noah will then report for active duty.
Abey was the first undergraduate to receive the center’s UNITAR Fellow as well as a recipient of the Bosserman UNESCO Fellowship. He is in Tanzania on a Boren Scholarship studying Swahili and will return in February. Abey has received other scholarship offers and is in the envious, if not stressful, position of having to decide what to do next as he completes his studies at SU.
Over the last two semesters Nate has experienced some trouble making it to class but not because he is cutting and heading to the beach. Far from it – literally. Nate is spending most of his time overseas. From January to July of this year he was a Bosserman UNESCO Fellow working at its Paris Headquarters. Nate came back to SU for about a week in July and then headed off to Poland on a Boren Scholarship to study Polish and to conduct field research. While in Poland Nate is visiting various sites as he explores the Polish perspective on the Holocaust. When he returns in February 2020 he will head off to the US Holocaust memorial and Museum with some dignitaries to tour the museum and discuss his field…
Brian is in his second year of the Masters of Art in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (MACADR) program and is a mentor in the center. In January Brian will go to Paris on the Bosserman UNESCO Fellowship where he will be working at UNESCO Headquarters in the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) unit. Brian’s personal life journey will be an asset to UNESCO as he has come from an environment where violence of all forms is prevalent. That experience, and his training in conflict analysis and dispute resolution, makes him an ideal person for the position. After UNESCO Brian is either heading to Switzerland for work or off to earn his doctorate.
Francesca is from Rome Italy and is the center’s Graduate Assistant and is involved in the provision of services as well as teaching, workshop and training events. The center is affiliated with the United Nations Institute for Research and Training (UNITAR) and as a result Francesca became the first graduate student to be awarded the Center’s UNITAR Fellowship. This will allow her to work with us on research, over the next two years that focuses on developments in graduate academic programs as well as practical field based programs of conflict intervention.
Dr. Keetha launched his newest book that explores the post-war dynamics in his home country of Sri Lanka. It is packed with incredible insight that only a top rated scholar and someone who has lived through it can produce. Dr. Keetha is well known and well regarded in Sri Lanka. People from many ethnic groups and from across the nation read his work in national papers. He has produced hundreds and hundreds of article and is known for being honest and as objective as possible with his analysis of the complex dynamics that swirl around the nation. Because he shies away from partisanship his credibility is extremely high. For a concise review of this must read book see the Sri Lankan Guardian article.