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The Complex Ideas Required for Sustainable Peace: Video Series Launched by TC's Peter Coleman Features Experts in the Field

The Complex Ideas Required for Sustainable Peace: Video Series Launched by TC's Peter Coleman Features Experts in the Field

Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College and Columbia University, has launched a video series, "Big Ideas on Complexity Science and Sustainable Peace," with the posting of nine short talks by peace and conflict experts. Published: 7/13/2015

TC's Noah Drezner is Honored by CASE for Research on Philanthropy

TC's Noah Drezner is Honored by CASE for Research on Philanthropy

Noah D. Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education, has received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes Drezner for "The Social Base of Philanthropic Fundraising in Higher Education: How Frames and Identity Matter," a recently completed a population-based survey experiment that evaluates how social identity affects propensity to donate in response to different types of fundraising solicitations. Published: 6/16/2015

International Pre-Grad Program Has Advantages No Matter Where Applicant Lands

International Pre-Grad Program Has Advantages No Matter Where Applicant Lands

Global Search for Education, an international education blog in the Huffington Post, did a story about TC's new International Pre-Graduate Program, launched this month in Beijing, China to support the growing influx of students and prepare them for graduate programs in the U.S. Published: 4/14/2015

Holding on to Our Humanity: Anna Neumann is working to ensure the future of a cornerstone of American higher education

Holding on to Our Humanity: Anna Neumann is working to ensure the future of a cornerstone of American higher education

Dr. Anna Neumann, HPSE Professor and Organization and Leadership Department Chair, shares her insight on the need for professional development for instructors in all the disciplines that students study in their first two years of college -- commonly called general or liberal education. Published: 3/4/2015

TC's Nadelstern: For Accountability Alone, Approve Revised ESEA

TC's Nadelstern: For Accountability Alone, Approve Revised ESEA

This spring, Congress will decide whether to reauthorize the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Eric Nadelstern, Visiting Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership, comments on the ESEA reauthorization. Published: 2/1/2015

Speaking in Spain: TC's Chatterji discusses mixed methods in evaluation

Speaking in Spain: TC's Chatterji discusses mixed methods in evaluation

Dr. Madhabi Chatterji, Associate Professor of Measurement, Evaluation & Education, delivered two talks at a colloquium hosted by Spain's National University for Distance Learning (UNED). Published: 1/27/2015

October 24: Memorial Service

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The Complex Ideas Required for Sustainable Peace: Video Series Launched by TC's Peter Coleman Features Experts in the Field

Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman

Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychology & Education at Teachers College and Columbia University, has launched a video series, “Big Ideas on Complexity Science and Sustainable Peace,” with the posting of nine short talks by peace and conflict experts.

To view the videotaped talks, go to: http://bit.ly/1Hfc17Y.

The talks explore the application of systems thinking to conflict in a variety of social environments. They were delivered by scholars and practitioners who view social issues not merely as a single problem to solve, but as a system of interconnected parts—people, institutions, rules, history, environment, and more—constantly interacting and changing, yet, in many ways remaining the same.

The talks were delivered at the 2015 Sustaining Peace Conference, which was hosted by the Advanced Consortium on Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity (AC4) and Columbia’s Earth Institute.

Eleven experts delivered the nine talks, about 10 minutes each, on leading-edge ideas on complexity and sustainable peace, at the 2015 Sustaining Peace Conference, held March 26 at TC. The conference was hosted by the Advanced Consortium on Conflict, Cooperation and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University; and theMorton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at TC.

Coleman holds a joint appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. He is Director of MD-ICCCR at Teachers College, and Executive Co-Chair of AC4 at the Earth Institute.

The third annual Sustaining Peace Conference, organized by AC4 and the Dynamical Systems Theory Innovation Lab(DSTIL), brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to share leading-edge ideas, methods and practices, and to inspire and support innovative work in this area in an interdisciplinary space. Coleman and Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., Director of the MS program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, are key leaders of the DSTIL.

In a videotaped format similar to TED talks (although not associated with TED or TEDx), peace and conflict experts talk about insights that can be gained through using a complexity lens. They share their experiences in working with seemingly intractable challenges that persist, despite the efforts of many. Complexity science and thinking in terms of patterns, simple rules, infinite games, networks and dynamics offers an opportunity to understand the systems and plan interventions to affect lasting social change and sustainable peace.

Talks from future Sustaining Peace Conferences will be posted on the AC4 website. Talks from previous Sustaining Peace Conferences are posted here http://bit.ly/1dOJWeZ (2012), and here http://bit.ly/1Hfo44Z (2013).

(7/13/2015)