On February 10th, Dr. Andrea Bartoli lectured on “The Community of Sant’Egidio and the Insight of Approach: The Challenge of Understanding Peace-Work”. Dr. Bartoli introduced the main pillars of the Sant’Edigio Foundation; prayer, service to the poor, and peace. Based on the Christian community values, the Foundation is committed to protect and serve whoever is in the moment of need and to establish peace and reconciliation to tackle the roots of suffering caused by war and conflicts.
Dr. Bartoli argues that war and conflict are powerful through their normalization. “War is using people. It’s only peace that has the capacity to release peace”. Dr. Bartoli stated that “peace as yearning”, advocating that when “people stop listening to the voice of those living in poverty, peace is silenced”. Based on the principle that “seek what unites not what divides”, the Foundation has strengthened its commitment to promote interreligious dialogues for peace. Three SUA’s students Leonardo Salvatore (Class of 2022), Rebecca Bennett (Class of 2021), and Ashley Bustamante (Class of 2022), conducted the Q&A session on the practices of the Community approach in peacebuilding in conflict resolutions. Dr. Bartoli concluded by stating the importance of dialogue not as a reactive form, but as a form of listening to the sufferings of others as the first step to conflict resolution.
Ha Chau Ngo, undergraduate at Soka University of America, and Andrew Nguy, undergraduate at Pomona College were the two winners of the International Studies sponsored undergraduate poster competition at the 56th Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (19-20 October 2018). Ha Chau won “First Place” and an award for her research and poster “Vietnamese women in propaganda production”. Andrew Nguy won “Second Place” and an award for “Turning a New Leaf: Obaku’s Introduction of Loose-leaf Tea and Syncretic Buddhist Practice from China to Tokugawa Japan.” Congratulations to both!
On Friday 14 2018, International Studies and Student Activities welcomed iDebate Rwanda for a public presentation named “What Rwanda teaches us about the dangers of polarization: Building discourse in a post-genocidal generation.” The Rwandan delegation began with a general overview of Rwanda and the Rwandan genocide, and then shared their personal stories with 42 students who attended. The event engendered important conversations and meaningful connections between the Rwandan delegation and participants.
On November 8th, INTS faculty Tetsushi Ogata and Ian Read engaged in a productive conversation with more than ten students regarding SUA’s engagement with global news and issues. Topics discussed: the role of Facebook in conveying news and its limitations as a forum for discussion; an SUA supported news radio show or podcast; ways to bring speakers representing diverse points of view to campus.
On Friday and Saturday, 22-23 September, Soka University of America will host a variety of experts to discuss approaches to disease control in the contemporary world. Organized by INTS professors Ian Read and Michael Weiner, this promises to be a fascinating event!
More information: http://www.soka.edu/academics/academic_events/diseaseconference/default.aspx
How NATO Remembers: Institutional Memory in Crisis Management Operations
Dr. Heidi Hardt, UC Irvine
Wednesday, 16 November at 5pm in Maathai 207
International organizations such as NATO have carried out hundreds of crisis management operations aimed at ending violence. Yet one strategic error in an operation can have deadly consequences. Scholars have widely examined organizational learning without examining the pre-condition for learning: institutional memory. Dr. Heidi Hardt will discuss findings from her book project that examines how international organizations acquire memory from their failures at a time of increased turnover. She draws on her interviews with 120 NATO officials.
“The Value of Theoretical Thinking”
Nicholas Onuf, Professor Emeritus, Florida International University
Wednesday, 05 October at 5pm in Maathai 207
Nicholas Onuf is credited with introducing constructivism to International
Relations and has made additional contributions in the areas of international
theory, international legal theory, and social theory. Dr. Onuf is Professor
Emeritus of International Relations at Florida International University and
serves on the editorial boards for Contexto Internacional, Cooperation and
Conflict, European Journal of International Relations, Iranian Review of
Foreign Affairs, Journal of International Political Theory, IPS: International
Political Sociology, International Relations, and International Studies
Quarterly. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.