In January 2016, the CRCC returned to Ireland for the third year in a row (check out Peace Tour 2015). This year’s distinguished guests included: Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Republican leader Martin McGuinness, Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt, and former U.S. Congressman Bruce Morrison.
In just three short years, the Transatlantic Connections (TACC3) has grown to become a world-class conference featuring peace studies/conflict resolution conference, organized by Adventure Ireland, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the CRCC. The 2016 event year included four full sessions on peace and conflict, drawing scholars from Ireland, the US and elsewhere.
One session, organized in conjunction with the Medical Humanities program, included a team of faculty from the University of Ulster, focusing on trans-generational trauma in post-conflict Northern Ireland. This work adds to CRCC reputation for supporting/promoting research and scholarship.
A number of Drew students, several involved in the Conflict Resolution and Leadership program, presented papers. One of the keynote programs was a panel with Republican leader Martin McGuiness and Unionist leader, Mike Nesbitt. The two expressed significant differences on critical issues, but did so in the spirit of respectful and constructive dialogue. This panel represents a perfect example of the ethic of honest, open, productive dialogue that the Drew CRCC aims to model.