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International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

It is our honor to announce the Keynote Speaker of our 1st Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, October 1, 2014 in New York.

Theme:  “The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and ICERM Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and PeacebuildingPeacebuilding”

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, 3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook,
3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Venue: 136 East 39th Street

Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10016, USA

 

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 9am – 5pm

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook,
3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America.

Registration: To register, please visit our event page at:
http://icermconference.eventzilla.net.
Or register directly on our website at: http://icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/AnnualInternationalConference.html.

We have space for more delegates.  Interested organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, religious groups or associations, ethnic associations, policy makers or public leaders, individuals or diaspora associations, are encouraged to participate. 

While the conference is open to everyone, we expect to have individuals or groups from diverse fields of study and professions, especially, attendees from government agencies, the military, local, regional and international organizations, educational institutions, business corporations, international development agencies, religious bodies, and ethnic groups or associations. Anybody who wants to develop skills in the mediation and resolution of ethnic, racial, community, religious, sectarian, cross-border, personnel, environmental, organizational, public policy, and international conflicts, can also participate.

Register today to reserve a seat. Seats are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buy your ticket now to reserve a seat: http://icermconference.eventzilla.net OR

http://icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/AnnualInternationalConference.html.

We recognize this to be a crucial moment in history, a time to step up and ensure that our children and grandchildren do not have to suffer through the horrors of war or genocide in all of their guises. It falls to all of us to open the doors to dialogue, to come to truly know one another, and to accept that in so doing, we can take the first tentative steps toward a world that can work for everyone.

And so we begin by working from where we are by revealing the assets available to us. The religious and ethnic differences long blamed for hatred and intolerance are taken out into the light where the advantages that they offer, the connections between us that they make apparent and the opportunities for healthy relations they support are affirmed. Our strength and promise are based on this foundation.

We appreciate the burden of the schedule that your responsibilities maintain, yet hope that you will be able to join us and bring your invaluable insights to this event.

Conference Synopsis

Description:

The 21st century continues to experience waves of ethnic and religious violence making it one of the most devastating threats to peace, political stabilization, economic growth and security in our world. These conflicts have killed and maimed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands, planting the seed for even greater violence in the future.

For our First Annual International Conference, we have chosen the theme: The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding. Too often, differences in ethnicity and faith traditions are seen as a drawback to the peace process. It is time to turn these assumptions around and rediscover the benefits that these differences offer. It is our contention that societies made up of an amalgamation of ethnicities and faith traditions offer largely unexplored assets to the policy makers, donor & humanitarian agencies, and mediation practitioners working to assist them.

Purpose:

Policymakers and donor agencies have fallen into the habit, especially during the last several decades, to look at ethnically and religiously diverse populations, especially when they occur in failed states or nations in transition, as being at a disadvantage. Too often, it is assumed that social conflict naturally occurs, or is exacerbated by these differences, without looking more deeply at these relationships.

This conference is, therefore, aimed at introducing a positive look at ethnic and religious groups and their roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Papers for presentation at this conference and the publication thereafter will support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the commonalities and advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all.

Specific Goal:

It is the purpose of this conference to help us get to know one another and see our connections & commonalities in a way that has not been made available in the past; to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.

We hope that you will join a network of professionals who represent the broadest possible views and expertise from the field of ethnic and religious conflicts, interfaith and interethnic dialogue and mediation, and the most comprehensive range of expertise across nations, disciplines and sectors. We look forward to meeting you on October 1, 2014 in New York.

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Global Child Trafficking: The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time

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Global Child Trafficking: The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time

An ICERM Radio Special Broadcast, “Let’s Talk About It”

Distinguished Guest:

Dr. Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations.

Carol Bellamy, Former Executive Director of UNICEF

Host: Tziporah Pronman

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7 pm in Eastern Time, New York

Join the conversation and listen to the show “live” at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icermradio/2014/09/03/global-child-trafficking-the-hidden-human-tragedy-of-our-time 

To share your views or ask questions, dial +1-(347) 989-8294.

ICERM Radio Flyer-Global Child Trafficking - The Hidden Human Tragedy of Our Time- Carol BellamyAbout Dr. Carol Bellamy:

Carol Bellamy recently completed her term as the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors. During that period Bellamy oversaw a significant transformation of the Global Partnership, including the establishment of a representative Board of Directors, a highly successsful rebranding and replenishment campaign, the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Partnership and the appointment of the Partnership’s first ever Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to this, Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development in over 70 countries. Bellamy previously served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children’s agency of the United Nations. She was also the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps.

Bellamy has worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She spent 13 years as an elected public official, including five years in the New York State Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City when she was elected President of the NYC Council, a position she held until 1985. Bellamy was named one of Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004. In 2009, Bellamy was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the Government of France. She also chairs the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate. Bellamy was recently appointed as Chair of the International Board of Trustees of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking).

Discussing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Empathy and Compassion

A new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

A new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

You are cordially invited to the upcoming Living Together Movement forum discussion in New York City.

Theme:“Discussing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with Empathy and Compassion”

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm in Eastern Time. 

Where: John H. Holmes Community House, First Floor.

28 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Registration: Registration is free and open to the public. You must register at:  http://www.livingtogethermovement.eventzilla.net to attend the forum discussion.

“The Living Together Movement is like “a home outside a home. We gather, we talk, we listen, we learn, we share and we celebrate in a relaxed, friendly, and welcoming ambience.”

Forum Reflection:

Nations are different than countries and can exist within, across and outside of political borders. Unlike countries which are usually founded upon common history and geography, nations are born of shared ideology and the traditions that support its precepts.

These beliefs and practices create and sustain a robust communal identity providing a sense of belonging and mutual obligation to its population. These dynamics can play a healthy role in the lives of individuals and community members, but can also be discriminatory and exclusionary, leading to separation and segregation from other peoples. In these instances, people can become intolerant and prejudicial in their thinking about, and actions towards, others resulting in bigotry at the least and apartheid at the extreme.

Sadly, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, entire generations of people have been raised in the state of active hostility between the two groups, which have different ideologies, an interwoven history and a shared geography. This is a real challenge.

For a meaningful discussion, forum participants are encouraged to reflect on the following questions:

  • What are the identities that have developed from these ideologies that may play a role in the crisis?
  • How are these identities reinforced and maintained? 
  • What are the biases and prejudices that have emerged?
  • What aspects of these two ideologies, traditions, beliefs and ethics support peace?
  • The care and protection of others? 
  • Fair and impartial treatment of others?
  • The protection of human dignity, right and just action, and respect toward others?
  • Where do the principles and credos of these two peoples regarding the responsibility toward others intersect? Overlap?
  • How might these places of correspondence and agreement help to bring about changes in perceptions and behavior that would be life-affirming, and cooperation building?

Bring your unique stories, cultural backgrounds, life experiences, words of wisdom, feelings, worries, disappointments, success stories, etc. Everyone will be given an equal opportunity to talk about / share with the group anything of particular interest to him or her.

We practice empathic listening, and do not judge or criticize anyone. Our goal is to truly understand the other before seeking to be understood; and to focus on what the other person is saying rather than what we are going to say next.

To celebrate our diversity in a symbolic manner, please bring your favorite/cultural/ethnic songs (if you have one), light food and drinks to the meeting; and together we shall renew our commitment to live together in mutual respect and dignity.

About Living Together Movement:

The Living Together Movement, a project of the International Center for Ethno Religious Mediation, is a new civic movement made up of peace-driven individuals who recognize the same humanity in all peoples, and are passionate about bridging the gap between different races, ethnicities, religions, political views, genders, generations and nationalities, in order to increase respect, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and harmony in the world.

We come together every month to listen to, talk with, learn from, understand and share with one another. Each member enriches the group with a unique story and cultural background. Everyone is given an equal opportunity to talk about his or her cultural background and feelings, or any topics of interest, including but not limited to security issues, politics, policies, war, conflict, conflict resolution, human dignity, forgiveness, foreign relations, world peace, economy, education, employment, family, health, immigration, science and technology.

We practice empathic listening, and do not judge or criticize anyone. Our goal is to truly understand the other before seeking to be understood; and to focus on what the other person is saying rather than what we are going to say next.

We celebrate our diversity in a symbolic manner with the traditional arts, songs, food and drinks that our members bring to the living together forum.

2014 Annual International Conference On Ethnic And Religious Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce its

1st   Annual International Conference On

Ethnic And Religious Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding

Theme:  The Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding

Venue: 136 East 39th Street

Between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10016, USA 

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 9am – 5pm

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook

3rd Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for the United States of America

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«Peace has a chance when despite history, despite politics, despite ethnicity or faith, and despite hardship, people learn to tap into their own cultural ethos of cooperation – Dr. Dianna Wuagneux»

«Peace has a chance when despite history, despite politics, despite ethnicity or faith, and despite hardship, people learn to tap into their own cultural ethos of cooperation – Dr. Dianna Wuagneux»

Sponsorship Package

Gold Level Sponsor     $5,000

Silver Level Sponsor $2,500 Bronze Level Sponsor $1,000

Bridge Builder           $500

 

Company name, logo, and hyperlink recognizing on conference website. Company name, logo, and hyperlink recognizing on conference website. Company name, logo, and hyperlink recognizing on conference website. Name and/or organization featured on the ICERM website and brochure as a conference sponsor.
Recognition as a gold conference sponsor in program guide and promotional materials. Recognition as a silver conference sponsor in program guide and promotional materials. Recognition as a bronze conference sponsor in program guide and promotional materials. Free ICERM membership with membership benefits for a period of one year.
Sign recognition at the event. Sign recognition at the event. Sign recognition at the event. Bridge builder receives 1 complimentary ticket.
Attendee mailing list prior to the conference; and 5 complimentary tickets. Attendee mailing list prior to the conference; and 3 complimentary tickets. Attendee mailing list prior to the conference; and 1 complimentary ticket.  
Exhibit table booth opportunity (booth fee included.) Exhibit table opportunity (table fee included.)  
Full page ad program guide. ½ page ad program guide.
Verbal recognition at the event. Verbal recognition at the event.
Sponsorship of opening keynote speaker.  
Eligibility to sponsor a major speaker at the event or speak as a featured speaker (opening remarks).
Banner ad on event website, guide, brochure and all promotional materials.

To sponsor our Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, mail checks or money orders to:

International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation
11 W. Prospect Avenue, 3rd Floor
Mount Vernon
New York 10550
USA

Checks or money orders must be drawn on a bank located in the United States. Make the check or money order payable to International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation. NOTE: Spell out International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation; and do NOT use the initial: ICERM.

For online payment by credit or debit card, please click on the link below: http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/Donate.html#icermdonations

For inquiries or more information about sponsorship, contact Basil Ugorji or Marcelle Mauvais at: icerm@icermediation.org.

ICERM is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt Public Charity / Nonprofit Organization qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Contributions to ICERM are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

 

Journal of Living Together: Sponsorship Opportunity

Journal of Living Together

Fall 2014 Issue:

The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Contemporary Conflict:  Related Emerging Tactics, Strategies, & Methodologies of Mediation and Resolution

Sponsorship Package

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is soliciting and accepting sponsorship for the Fall 2014 Issue of its journal, The Journal of Living Together.

The sponsorship rates for the Journal of Living Together are as follows:

 

What You Will Get To Promote Your Business What You Will Donate
Full Page Back Cover $1,000.00 minimum/Highest bid
Full-Page Inside Covers $600.00 minimum/Highest bid
Center Page $400.00 minimum/Highest bid
Full Page $300.00
Half Page $150.00
Quarter Page $75.00
Business Poster  Space $50.00
Business Card Space $25.00

Purpose of the Journal

It is our intention to use this publication as a way to share ideas, varied perspectives, tools and strategies for the mediation and mitigation of religious and ethnic conflicts within and across borders. We do not discriminate against any people, faith or creed. We do not promote positions, defend opinions or determine the ultimate viability of our authors’ findings or methods. Instead, we open the door to researchers, policymakers, those impacted by conflict, and those serving in the field to consider what they read in these pages and join in productive and respectful discourse. We welcome your insights and invite you to take an active role in sharing what you’ve learned with us & our readership. Together we can inspire, educate and encourage adaptive changes and lasting peace.

This is a great opportunity to gain exposure for you, your organization, institution, association, center, business, union, or society. Individuals or organizations can send congratulatory messages or have their upcoming events, publications, or call for papers announced in the Journal of Living Together.

The Journal of Living Together will be included in the most comprehensive and widely used databases of journals in the fields of social sciences and peace studies, and shall also be distributed by Ingram Content Group Inc., the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content, and other internationally acclaimed journal distributors. The published articles will be available in print and online versions to a global audience: libraries, governments, policy makers, media, universities and colleges, organizations, associations, institutions and millions of potential individual readers.

To sponsor the upcoming issue of the Journal of Living Together, mail checks or money orders to:

International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation
11 W. Prospect Avenue, 3rd Floor
Mount Vernon
New York 10550
USA

Checks or money orders must be drawn on a bank located in the United States. Make the check or money order payable to International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation. NOTE: Spell out International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation; and do NOT use the initial: ICERM.

For online donation by credit or debit card, please click on this link: http://www.icermediation.org/Mediation/Daf/Donate.html#icermdonations.

Do not be left out of the Journal of Living Together’s grand archive of great treasure and opportunity.

For inquiries or more information about sponsorship, contact Basil Ugorji or Marcelle Mauvais at: icerm@icermediation.org.

ICERM is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt Public Charity / Nonprofit Organization qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.
Contributions to ICERM are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
Call for Papers for Upcoming Issues

Special Issue

“New Militant Movements in Africa and the Middle East”

The Journal of Living Together is currently accepting papers for a special issue highlighting the rise of new militant movements and their impact on the societies of Africa and the Middle East.

In this special issue, we are particularly interested in articles and case studies that address any of the following questions:

  • What are the ideological roots of these movements?
  • How do these movements deviate from their religious roots?
  • What devastating impacts do these movements have on the corresponding society?
  • What new tools are available to governments and peace organizations to prevent the expansion of these groups and to stem terrorism?
  • What models or means used in the past have helped to curb the activities of similar groups?
  • Also to be considered are in-depth scholarly biographies of leaders of these

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015.

Download the full Call for Papers in “PDF Format” or “Word Format”.

 

Spring 2015 Issue

“The Anatomy and Remedy of Trans-generational Conflict”

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York is seeking scholarly papers/articles for the Spring 2015 edition of its journal, Living Together.

The beliefs & attitudes resulting from the trauma inflicted by violent ethno-religious conflict are often passed down through generations. For this edition, we are particularly interested in articles that address any of the following questions: 

  • What are the social and psychological processes at work in trans-generational conflict?
  • What role does governance/policy play in the exacerbation or amelioration of this form of conflict?
  • How can this legacy of violence be stopped/interrupted long enough for effective intervention?
  • Are there programs or practices in place that have demonstrated some promising results?
  • What can we learn, and perhaps incorporate, from emerging conflict mediation and mitigation practices designed to address trans-generational conflict?

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

Download the full Call for Papers inPDF Format” or “Word Format”.