DREW UNIVERSITY HONORS IRISHMAN DON MULLAN AND PLANS PEACEBUILDING TRIP TO IRELAND.

Proposed Itin-Ireland Peace trip

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Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC)  honored Derry’s Don Mullan at the inaugural CRCC Gala on March 31, 2014.  Humanitarian and author of Eyewitness Bloody Sunday: The Truth, Mullan’s account of Bloody Sunday prompted the second inquiry and subsequent apology by the British Government for the events of January 1972.  World-renowned Irish historian, Professor Christine Kinealy presented Mullan with the award.

The gala evening was hosted by Dr. Sol and Mrs. Meri Barer, in their beautiful home in Mendham, NJ.  The event was chaired by former Governor Tom Kean, and renowned Irish Studies Professor Christine Kinealy presented the ‘Peace Through Truth and Reconciliation Award’ to Don Mullan. The CRCC also presented the Empowerment Through Education Award to I. Leo Motiuk, founder of the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund. Over one hundred guests attended the CRCC’s Inaugural Gala,  drawing attention to the excellent work of the CRCC at Drew University, and paving the way for further peacebuilding work in the coming year.

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Ireland Peacebuilding Project

The Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC) based at Drew University in Madison, NJ, focuses critical attention on religiously and culturally based conflict, aiming to contribute to peace building and conflict resolution through teaching, research and public outreach. In the summer of 2013, the CRCC hosted the inaugural Drew Institute for Religion and Conflict Resolution. CRCC welcomed renowned religious leaders to Drew University to engage in an interfaith dialogue and stimulate a desire to become an active Peacebuilder.  The Center’s next project is to reunite some of those twenty-four young people in Ireland, for advanced training program in peacebuilding. During a one-week program in Ireland, these emerging global peacebuilders will learn from community leaders, political leaders and participants in the Northern Ireland Peace Process about  conflict resolution strategies that can succeed in their home communities, using the Irish process as a model.   For more info visit drew.edu/crcc

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Global Conference on Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

In January 2014, CRCC Associate Director, Jonathan Golden chaired a session on the Irish Peace Process at the Transatlantic Connections Conference hosted by Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies held in County Donegal, Ireland.  The CRCC is currently planning a 2-day conference on conflict resolution and peacebuilding to be held on January 12-16, 2015 in County Donegal.  The conference will be designed to facilitate  dialogue among people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts in northern Ireland and around the globe.

Join the Peacebuilding Trip to Ireland Jan 11-18 2015.

The Peacebuilding trip to Ireland is open to any adult interested in learning about the history of the Irish Peace Process, and how the successes of Ireland might be useful for conflict resolution in other parts of the world. You can join us for our field trips to Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Donegal, keynote addresses from major figures from the Irish conflict, workshops, cross-border events and the very best of Irish border entertainment. Our base will be County Donegal, and this is a working vacation – if you’re expecting the lakes of Killarney, this isn’t for you! The trip will give you a sense of the past, present and future of the border counties of Ireland, and the ongoing peacebuilding that has been so transformative. For further details please email trip co ordinator Niamh Hamill nhamill@drew.edu.

Proposed Itin-Ireland Peace trip

If you can’t join the Peacebuilding trip, please consider becoming a supporter of the Ireland Peacebuilding Project. For more information on the CRCC, please email crcc@drew.edu.

For more information regarding this event, please contact crcc@drew.edu or 973-408-3227.