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We Train New Mediators and Facilitators to Resolve Ethnic and Religious Conflicts.

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ICERM is currently accepting applications for the specialized mediation training, The Mediation of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts. Apply today and register to join the upcoming session in 2017. Classes are held in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Through this program, ICERM instructors train new mediators and facilitators using the classroom and e-learning modalities. Interested participants should apply for the modality that is convenient for them. Whether you apply for the on-site or online program, ICERM will make sure that the quality and outcome of the training remain the same.

Important Updates on 3rd Annual International Conference. “Shared Values in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” Pray for Peace Event – ICERM 2016 New York City

This is to inform you that you can now download the final schedule of presentations for the 3rd Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, holding Wednesday, November 2 – Thursday, November 3, 2016 at The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.

To download the schedule, click on Download the Schedule of Presentations or visit the conference website.

Also, you can visit our website to get information about accommodation, directions, shuttle service from the airport, and weather.

The conference will end on Thursday, November 3, 2016 with our “Pray for Peace” event, ICERM Honorary Award, and a reception. The Honorary Award ceremony and reception as well as the Pray for Peace event are open to the public but we encourage you to REGISTER IMMEDIATELYto help us plan the reception.

There will be a music concert by Frank A. Haye & The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, and many other presentations and performances by our partnering organizations and individuals.

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Announcing the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, New York City

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, holding November 2-3, 2016 in New York City. The conference is open to the public. To register, visit the conference website.

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Interfaith Cooperation: An Invitation for All Beliefs

Interfaith Cooperation: An Invitation for All Beliefs on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Theme: Interfaith Cooperation: An Invitation for All Beliefs

Guest Lecturer: Elizabeth Sink, Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University

Synopsis:

This lecture focuses on one of those big things that we are told NEVER to talk about in polite conversation. No, even though it is an election year, the lecture isn’t about politics, or money. Elizabeth Sink talks about religion, specifically, interfaith cooperation. She starts by sharing her story and the personal stake she has in this work. Then, she shares how students on her campus at Colorado State University are bravely crossing faith and belief lines and changing the stories we most commonly hear about religion in US America.

Listen to the talk on the ICERM Radio website.

Intercultural Communication and Competence

Intercultural Communication and Competence on ICERM Radio will air Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

2016 Summer Lecture Series

Theme: “Intercultural Communication and Competence”

Guest Lecturers:

Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., (CCS), President and CEO of Fisher Yoshida International, LLC; Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, both at Columbia University; and Director of the Youth Peace and Security Program at AC4.

Ria Yoshida, M.A., Director of Communications at Fisher Yoshida International.

Tune in on the ICERM Radio website and call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.

Religion and Violence

Religion and Violence on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

2016 Summer Lecture Series.

Synopsis

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Maarten Boudry claim that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence. They claim that other factors such as socio-economic disenfranchisement, unemployment, troubled family backgrounds, discrimination and racism have been repeatedly refuted. Religion, they argue, plays the primary motivational role in the instigation of extremist violence. Since the claim that religion plays a lesser motivational role in extremist violence is empirically well-supported, Dr. Kelly James Clark thinks that Dawkins, Harris and Boudry’s claims that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence are dangerously uninformed. Click to learn more

Guest Lecturer: Kelly James Clark, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI; Professor at Brooks College’s Honors Program; and Author and Editor of more than twenty books as well as Author of over fifty articles.

Listen to the Lecture.

Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership

Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership on ICERM Radio will air Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Theme:Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership

Guest Lecturer: Joseph N. Sany, Ph.D., Technical Advisor in the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) of FHI 360

Tune in on our website or call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.

Synopsis:

This lecture brings together two important notions: peacebuilding interventions -funded by international development agencies- and the question of local ownership of such interventions. In doing so, Dr. Joseph Sany will examine important issues that conflict intervenors, development agencies, and local populations often encounter: assumptions, dilemmas, worldviews, and risks of foreign driven interventions in war torn societies and what these interventions mean for local actors. Approaching these questions from the lenses of a practitioner and a researcher, and drawing on his 15 years of experience as a consultant with international development agencies and his current work as Technical Advisor at FHI 360, Dr. Sany will discuss practical implications, and share lessons learned and best practices.