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  • JMac 6:11 pm on September 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , peacebuilding,   

    Introducing… a new Research Assistant! 

    Hello to the blog-reading and blog-writing community at AU!  I’m happy to be joining the team– this is my first blog about my new position as a research assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    Whether or not you are interested in peace studies (and no, we do not hold hands and join together in song at the USIP), you may be interested to read on about the experiences that will follow if:  you are thinking of one day being a research assistant, you work or want to work downtown, you like to commiserate about the metro, you also eat vegan food on your lunch break (I do), or perhaps you are willing to be convinced that the study of conflict resolution is a worthwhile use of our time.

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  • Anna Casey 10:10 am on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Civil action, collective action, DEN-L, , , , , , , Paulo Freire, peacebuilding, , Poverty   

    A First Taste of Liberia 

    Greetings from Liberia! 

     I arrived safely in Liberia Wednesday night after over a full day of exhausting travel. After less than a week, I have found myself falling in love with this beautiful culture and its people. My DEN-L coworkers have been extremely welcoming and eager to make me as comfortable and at-home as possible. I am quickly becoming accustomed to the hot and muggy climate, the few hours of the day when electricity is available (my flashlight and headlamp are probably the two most useful things that I packed), the spotty running water situation (bathing with just a bucket of water to splash on yourself is so much more fun), and of course the killer mosquitoes. (More …)

     
    • David Casey 5:12 pm on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Anna,

      Why not have Den-L help the village leaders send a follow up letter to the political leaders in attendance, reiterating their questions and specific requests in writing and asking for measurable responses within a certain reasonable time frame, together with a follow on meeting to be scheduled now?

      Love
      Dad

      • Anna Casey 10:58 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s definitely part of what DEN-L does, Dad, but it’s difficult in a place where virtually no one in the town is literate. The idea is to guide the people to take action themselves. If they cannot understand the letter they may feel that the process is out of their control. Of course, it doesn’t mean that a letter is totally out of the realm of possibility, but you have to be careful to make people feel included in the process.

        • Ann Tobey 12:13 am on June 5, 2010 Permalink

          how to say…. essential that the people are the process…. good luck with those mosquitoes and may your headlamp work properly for the duration

          Aunt Ann

    • Matt Pierson 3:36 pm on June 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good to see you are jumping right in to the madness that is DEN-L. You are going to have such an amazing time there. I am very jealous.

      You were talking about the singing, what I found interesting was not only that it was used for entertainment but it was a way to pass on history and stories from generation to generation. I used to love falling asleep out in the villages listening to the girls do their call and answer standing in a circle clapping and singing about their every day lives, their work, their schooling, boys, etc.

  • Anna Casey 6:10 pm on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , civic action, , , gbarnga, gender, , , , peacebuilding, , war, West Africa   

    Getting ready to embark… 

    Hey all,

    As I’m preparing to leave on Tuesday to begin my epic adventure in Liberia, I thought that I would take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Anna Casey and I just finished my first year within American University’s MAID program (Master of Arts in International Development), which is part of AU’s School of International Service. Specifically, my concentration within the program focuses on Conflict, Peacebuilding & Development. I am interested in working on issues facing post-conflict settings in Sub-Saharan Africa including: refugees, youth in conflict, peacebuilding and reconciliation, community health and development, and gender relations.  (More …)

     
    • Megan Yaner 5:33 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So exciting! WIll def enjoy reading about your experiences.

    • Lainie 2:13 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So wonderful! Can’t wait — safe travels love!

    • Scott Wood 9:34 pm on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I wish you all the best, Anna. Your work-to-be is very admirable. Stay positive over there!

    • David Casey 12:22 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am enormously proud of you, Anna. Get after it!

      Love, Dad

    • Ally K 2:58 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      work on that website if you get a chance 🙂 and post pictures!

      wish i could fit in your suitcase!

    • anne maher 4:49 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      am waiting eagerly for Anna to surface!

    • Sally 2:44 pm on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      miss you! xoxo

    • Cara 8:44 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Hun!!!

  • Zack Adams 6:09 pm on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , peacebuilding,   

    Zack Adams’ Introduction 

    I’m a first year graduate student in the School of International Service’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program.  I am primarily focusing on genocide and post-genocide transformative issues, but I am also interested in  refugees, internal displacement, natural disasters, and human rights.

    I’ve just begun an internship at the Search for Common Ground, an NGO that focuses on conflict transformation and peacebuilding.  I will be working in the Institutional Learning Department and look forward to filling you in on what that is…

     
    • Mohsin 10:09 pm on January 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see updates of your work at SFCG.

      • David Fletcher 6:20 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Zack,

        Many AU students have interned here and many more would like to. Can you mention how you found this opportunity, how you landed it and what like best about what you are doing?

        Thanks,

    • FB 7:23 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How did you get interested in these issues in the first place?

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