Press Clip Source: Midland Daily News
Written By: Jeanne Lound Schaller
Date: August 16, 2015
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“Conflict is an essential dimension of human relationships. Violence is not.”
I don’t know who first spoke this truth, but I believe it and also believe that humankind is making progress towards understanding it. Practicing it is a challenge, personally and globally. However, the overall picture inspires hope. Children are learning to handle conflict in creative ways. Adults are understanding that empowerment is far more life-giving and productive than holding life-draining power over others.
At Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University during our final three weeks, Peace Fellows will study Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace as part of Rotary’s commitment to this cultural transformation.
“What draws people to peace studies is more than an intellectual level. It is a genuine concern for problems of violence and injustice and a desire to find ways of acting on these concerns.” — Carol Rank
Recent decades have seen a marked increase in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building training on all levels involving, among others, elementary through higher education students, local activists and professionals at the state, national and international levels.
In the Great Lakes Bay Region, there are several opportunities to obtain degrees in this field. Delta College’s Global Peace Studies program prepares students for the opportunity to understand the complexity of global issues and become agents of positive change. They can earn an associate of arts degree or a certificate of achievement. I am one class short of receiving a master’s certificate in conflict resolution in the workplace from Saginaw Valley State University, which also offers peace studies abroad, as do Central Michigan University and Northwood University.