2009 Peace Studies Conference – STK Workshop

peace_logo_white_background_blue_letters21th Annual Peace Studies Conference
a project of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium
$15.00 Registration Fee (coming soon on the website)

Program Theme: Youth, Drugs, Violence, and Gangs: Global, national and local challenges

Saturday November 14, 2009
Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, USA

Sponsored by: Peace and Global Studies Program and Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research


· food is vegan friendly

· all rooms wheelchair accessible

· daycare provided on request


From Martin L. King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, peacemakers have recognized the importance of teaching our young people how to live in peace. Thousands of youth are murdered and tens of thousands of them are arrested each year in the United States alone. The challenge of protecting our children is complicated when some of them are involved in generating the violence. Younger and younger children are carrying guns and selling drugs, and the attraction of “gangs” and thug culture is strong in many communities. Around the world, organized illegal trafficking (in drugs, arms, human beings etc.) poses an international threat to peace and global security. A peaceful future depends on meeting the challenges of violence at all levels, including developing alternatives for youth in our own communities. This conference hopes to provide a venue for discussion of the global problem of youth and gang violence and to share peacemaking tools and alternatives to violence. In this interdisciplinary conference we hope to promote a wide-ranging conversation including diverse fields and experiences. For example, connections to education, ethics, crime, punishment, social welfare/work, justice, corporate gangs, race, class, gender, ability, religion, popular culture, internet communities, policy, media, economics, and international development and affairs.


9:00 Registration & Booths (Reilly Hall breezeway)

9:30 Welcoming (RH 446) Barron Boyd, Director of Peace and Global Studies, Le Moyne College

10:00 SESSION I.(RH 440) Youth in the 21st Century

1. Gabriel Colella, SUNY Cortland – Peace, Values, Personal Responsibility

2. Maurice McFarlin, Northeastern Illinois University – Black Youth and Black Gang Violence

3. Elizabeth Murray, George Mason University – Virtual Gangs: MS-13 on Social Networking Sites

SESSION II.(RH 438) Building Peaceful Schools

1. Hakim M. A. Williams, Teacher’s College, Columbia University – The Role of Structural Violence in Postcolonial Schools

2. Anya Stanger, Syracuse University – Education and the Prevention of Youth Violence: A Program Response for Schools

3. Olek Netzer, Tel Aviv, Israel – Concerning A Democratic Structural Change of Regimen and Life’s Experience In Schools

4. Brian J. Trautman, Berkshire Community College – Peace Curriculum: Cultivating Informed and Active Global Citizens for Change and Justice


11:30 SESSION I.(RH 440) Teaching Behind the Wall

1. Lynn Olcott, SUNY Cortland 2. Jim DeChick, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center

3. Jim Garvey, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center

4. Mecke Nagel, SUNY Cortland


SESSION II.(RH 438) Building a Peaceful Community

1. Terrance Byrd-El, LTPFJ Movement – Boys to Men

2. Charles, Hillside, Auburn, NY

3. David Connelly, Osborne Center for Social Justice

4. Ajaz Lone, Mercy Corps – Case of Kashmiri Youth


1:00 Keynote Speaker (RH 446)
Julius Edwards, Human Rights Commissioner Onondaga County


1:30 Lunch and Awards Ceremony (RH 446)


2:30 SESSION I. (RH 440) Evidence-Based Practice

Edward Hayes, CEO, Cayuga Home for Children – A Proven Approach to Reducing Youth Violence and Achieving Reductions in Youth Out-of-Home Placements and Arrests

SESSION II.(RH 338) Group Building with Youth Save the Kids, Le Moyne College and SUNY Cortland Students 3:00 SESSION I. (RH 440) Community Practitioners on Youth Violence

1. Cherylene Billue, Youth for Peace – Empowering Youth to Deal with Conflict and Trauma

2. Marsha Weissman. Center for Community Alternatives – Student Perspectives on School Suspension and the School to Prison Pipeline

3. Jim Dessauer, Compass and Caroline Tauxe, Le Moyne College – Addressing Youth Problems Through Engaged Community Development,


SESSION II. (RH 438) Reintegrating into the Community

1. Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, SUNY Cortland – Caring Nonviolently for the Childhood Victims of Violence

2. Andrew Benson Green Jr,, Freetown, Sierra Leone – Child Soldier Project in Sierra Leone

3. Jim Czarniak, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center – The New Role of the Non-Profit in Working With Youth Surrounded By Violence


4:30 PLENARY – From the Inside Out (RH 446) 1. Jackie DeNero, Hillbrook Youth Detention Center 2. Ray Barnes, Center for Community Alternatives


5:40 CLOSING (RH 446) Robert Rubinstein, Syracuse University


2009 Peace Studies Award Recipients

Peace Studies Book of the Year
“Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards”
Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University, Marta P. Baltodano, Loyola Marymount University, and Linda Symcox, California State University, Long Beach

Peace Studies Media of the Year
“The Jena 6” Big Noise Films

Peace Studies Undergraduate Project of the Year
“Political Media Review”
Sarat Colling, Brock University

Peace Studies Graduate Paper of the Year
“Articulating a Contemporary Anarcha-Feminism”
Deric Shannon, University of Connecticut

Peace Studies Faculty Paper the Year
“Understanding Evil from the Perspective of Nonviolence”
Robert Holmes, University of Rochester



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