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Vol. XVIII, Number 1                                         Fall, 2003


The 19th Annual Meeting of the Research/Study Team on Nonviolent Large Systems Change is at the Best Western Inn, 162 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL, May 16-18.


Please send suggestions for the program for the meeting, including willingness to volunteer, to Steve Sachs or Don Cole. A preliminary agenda will be put together by the participants on Sunday evening, which will be updated as the meeting unfolds, with some preference for previously scheduled presentations and discussions. So far, expected participants include a Nigerian delegation led by Pete Njoku, founder of the Nigerian O.D. Network, who will discuss how to eliminate the cast system and slavery without violence. Steve Sachs is considering leading a discussion on "Energy, Ecology and Getting to Peace."


There is no registration Charge for this interorganizational meeting. (O.D. Institute pays the costs as a contribution toward a nonviolent world). Lodging and meals can be arranged through Don Cole at O.D. Institute (address and phone above) or by contacting The Best Western Inn, 162 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 (800)528-1231. Rooms are $92 a day with breakfast and two coffee breaks for a person sharing a double and $136 for a person in a single.


The 34th O.D. Information Exchange is taking place at The Best Western Inn, 162 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611 (800)528-1231. May 18-21.  Contact Don Cole at O.D. Institute (address and phone on p. 2) for details, registration and lodging arrangements. Lodging can also be made directly or by contacting Don Cole, (440)729-7419.


The 24rth O.D. World Conference and O.D. Networks World Wide will be at Law University of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania. July 12-17. For details contact Don Cole at O.D. Institute (address and phone above).


Peace One Day ( reminds us that, in 2001, the UN passed a resolution declaring Sept 21 of each year would be the official International Day of Peace.

Negotiating Peace in the Middle East is a Wilton Park organizes Conference in West Sussex, England, September 29-October 2, bring together policy practitioners, academics, business people, politicians, journalists and other concerned people. for details contact Jo Childs, Wilton Park Conferences, Wilton House, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3DZ, United Kingdom, tel. (44-1903) 817755,,


Family Mediation Conference Canada is in Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 1-4. For information, contact FMC, (888)FMC-2004,,


Medcoast 2003: the Sixth International Conference on the Mediterranean Costal Environment is in Ravenna, Italy October 7-11. For information contact the Medcoast Secretariat, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Anlara, Turkey, Tel. (90-312) 210-54-29.,


The Second Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA): "Fostering Alternatives to Violence" is at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, October 9-12. For details contact PJSA, c/o the Evergreen State College, Mailstop SEM 3127, Olympia, WA 98505 (360)867-5230, PJSA was formed by the merger of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA).


Rethinking Gender, War and Peace: Feminist Perspectives, a conference sponsored by Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Women’s Studies Department of the George Washington University is scheduled for Washington, DC, October 10-12. For details contact Martha Mednick or Myrna Anderson at PsySR, 2604Connecticvut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202)745-7084,


Third Annual Conference of the Association for conflict Resolution is in Orlando Florida, October 15-18.  For details contact Janice Robertson Pauline, ACR, 1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW, 3rd Fl., Washington, DC 20036 (202)667-9700,,


The First Annual Plowshares National Student Peace & Justice Conference is Oct. 17-19, in North Manchester, Indiana. The conference will examine the role of the media in world affairs with a focus on peace and justice. For details contact Dean J. Johnson, Assistant Dean & Director of Plowshares, Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, IN  46526 (574)535.7728,


A conference focusing on the plurality within and among the nations of the Middle East and North Africa, Identity and Difference: Confrontation, Response and Resistance, is in Austin, TX, October 18. For details contact Afra Al-Mussawir, Symposium committee, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, F9400 Austin, TX 78712,


Grassroots Educational Training, a conference to empower communities by developing grassroots organizing skills, is set for November 8-9th in Bloomington, IN.  For information contact,


Practicing Peace Within Self and Society is being put on by the Open spaces Technology Institute in Seattle, WA, November 9-12. For information contact Susan Partnow, Partnow Communications, 4425 Baker, NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206)789-8697,,


The annual conference for Peace Education in Canada, is at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 20 – 24, Co-Hosted by the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace. The conference Theme is "A World Fit For Children": the desired outcome is the enhancement of a vision and action (initiated last year) to advance peace education in Canada, to help build a world fit for children, in the framework of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.  For more information, contact Bob Stewart, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, T1S 1A4,,


The 2nd Global Conference: Transformations is December 8-10 in Vienna, Austria. This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project seeks to examine the idea of 'transformation' and explore the impact of transformations in politics, culture, and society. The role of media in provoking, supporting and representing such changes - for example, art and art history, cinema and film, literature and poetry, music, newspapers, and television and radio - will also be explored. For further details see: or contact Helen Terre Blanche


Symposium 2004, Mount Mary College: "Transforming Conflict: Women‚s Ways of Leading" is in Milwaukee, WI, March 5-6. For information contact the Conference Chair: Dr. Mary Ellen Kohn,,


The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Consortium on Human Security are organizing the 2003 Peacebuilding and Human Security Consultations in Ottawa at the Department of Foreign Affairs, October 22-24. For information: David Lord, Coordinator, Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee, 1, rue Nicholas Street, #510, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7, Canada. (613)241-3446;


The International Conference on Peace Education for Contemporary Concerns is in Jaipur, India, January 5-7. For details Prof. Naresh Dadhich, Jaipur Peace Foundation, 2-k-12,Jawahar Nagar,Jaipur-302004(INDIA), tel: 91-141-2652846, or,


The 5th Symposium of Peace Education in Korea and Japan will be held in Korea, April 1-3. For information contact Prof. Dr. Soon-Won Kang, Hanshin University, Korea,

Interaction 2004:
Canada's largest CR Conference is in Kiitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. For details contact Conflict Resolution Network, Canada, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6, Canada, (519)885-0880,

"The Education Project" of the first Universal Forum of Cultures is to be held for 5 months in Barcelona, April 24-Sept 22. Information on this UNESCO approved forum is available at There are 10 themes, including Theme Three: Common values in cultural diversity: Education for Peace and Cohabitation, Theme Nine: Human Rights and Democracy: Education for active citizenship - to be coordinated by Yvonne Hebert, U of  Calgary, Coordinator of the Citizen Education Research Network at, or go to

The first summer session of "World Peace Programme", will be launched at the Townshend International School in the Czech Republic, a new university-level education project, July 20 to August 10.  Professors and lecturers drawn from the original team of the World Order Studies Programme, offered in Switzerland from 1989-1998, will be spearheading the project's course. For details contact: Tel:  +49 163 278 38 37,


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