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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.

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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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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.

Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide

Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Listen to the inaugural lecture of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series.

Theme:  “Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide”

Distinguished Guest: James FenelonPh.D., Director of Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Professor of Sociology, California State University, San Bernardino.

Violent Extremism: How, Why, When and Where do People Get Radicalized?

Violent Extremism: How, Why, When and Where do People Get Radicalized? on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Listen to the ICERM Radio talk show, “Lets Talk About It,” for an engaging panel discussion on “Violent Extremism: How, Why, When and Where do People Get Radicalized? featuring three distinguished panelists with expertise on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Counter-Terrorism (CT).

Mary Hope Schwoebel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

Manal Taha, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow for North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.

Peter Bauman, Founder & CEO at Bauman Global LLC.

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, July 2, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Listen to the ICERM Radio talk show, “Lets Talk About It,” for an illuminating discussion on “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam, with Imam Jamal Rahman, a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations, co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle’s Interfaith Community Sanctuary, Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University, and former host of Interfaith Talk Radio.

In this episode, Imam Jamal Rahman talks about his “deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world.” Based on the transforming stories and lived experiences narrated in the book he co-authored with his Interfaith Amigos: “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam,” Imam Rahman talks about “ways we can work together to transcend the differences that have divided us historically.”

The Niger Delta Avengers’ War on Oil Installations in Nigeria

The Niger Delta Avengers’ War on Oil Installations in Nigeria on ICERM Radio aired Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Listen to the ICERM Radio talk show, “Lets Talk About It,” for an enlightening discussion on “The Niger Delta Avengers’ War on Oil Installations in Nigeria,” with Ambassador John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, and former United States ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007.

Ambassador Campbell shares his views on the security, political and economic challenges caused by the Niger Delta Avengers’ War on Oil Installations in Nigeria, the Nigeria’s newest militant group from the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claims their “struggle is focused on the liberation of the People of Niger Delta from decades of divisive rule and exclusion.” According to the group, the war is on oil installations: “Operation on Flow of Oil.”

In this episode, the Niger Delta Avengers’ (NDA) case is approached from a historical perspective going back to the activism of Ken Saro-Wiwa, an environmental activist, who was condemned to death by hanging in 1995 by the military regime of Sani Abacha.  A comparative analysis is made between the Niger Delta Avengers’ War on Oil Installations in Nigeria, and the agitation for independence by the Indigenous People of Biafra, as well as the current terrorist activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria and within the neighboring countries. The goal is to highlight how these challenges have posed serious threats to the Nigerian security and contributed in crippling the Nigerian economy. In the end, possible resolution strategies are proposed to inspire the Nigerian government to action.