Leadership for the 21st Century
Transforming conflict - from personal to global change

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The Caux Scholars Program offers an opportunity to explore the transformation of complex, multilevel conflicts around the world with a select set of international scholars. With peace-building as the backdrop, participants explore the theories and practices of conflict transformation, good governance, sustained dialogue, justice and reconciliation. Through the use of case studies, simulations and role-plays the scholars analyze the historical, socio-political and economic causes of conflict, and are challenged to reflect on the dynamics of power, identity, culture and leadership. The scholars also participate as full delegates in an international conference on Just Governance and spend a day in Geneva visiting the United Nations. 
 
The Mountain House experience provides the scholars an opportunity to build a supportive learning community that reflects the importance of service, respect and care for self and others while living together in a context of diversity.
 
Course Description:

The CSP-2016 will focus on the themes of conflict transformation, restorative justice, sustained dialogue, and reconciliation. CSP is concerned with understanding and embracing a form of peacebuilding and justice that satisfies human need. Beginning with key theoretical underpinnings and a multi-disciplinary approach to concepts of conflict and violence this course will highlight the contemporary applications of peacebuilding, justice and trauma healing in current and post-war settings internationally. We will critique and compare various popular expressions of societal peacebuilding and transitional justice through structures such as: International Criminal Courts, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Restitution / Reparations, Reintegration Strategies (DDR), and Memorialization practices. In addition, various parallel and indigenous peacebuilding and justice efforts will be studied and compared with the dominant global applications. Of particular interest are the growing innovations in new hybrid healing justice models that attempt to satisfy the collective needs of traumatized societies, and the future transmission of generational peace and justice that is securely embedded in the concern for the common good. 

Course Objectives:
  • To delve into theories, philosophies, and worldviews driving notions of peacebuilding, justice, healing and reconciliation
  • To engage and network with world leaders on topics of Global Just Governance & Human Security 
  • To examine the historical and cultural roots of the contemporary restorative and transitional justice movements
  • To explore traditional, indigenous approaches to justice from various regions of the world
  • To integrate and apply practical skills of sustained dialogue and trauma healing that nurture constructive social change in deeply divided societies 

Faculty: Dr. Carl Stauffer 

Staff: Program Director; Jitka Hromek-Vaitla
Program Coordinators: Kathy Aquilina, Kiprono Kemboi, Andrew Stallybrass

2016 Program outline:

June 26: Arrival

Week One: Building the learning community 

Week Two: Transformational & Rrestorative Justice

Week Three: International IofC Conference on Just Governance

Week Four: Sustained dialgue and trauma healing

July 24: Departure
 

Other aspects of the program:

(Photo: Kathy Aquilina)Visit to Geneva: The group takes a field trip to international organizations, such as the United Nations, where they have a private presentation and discussion with a representative.

Conflict where I come from: Every student will have the opportunity to share a specific conflict they know well and which they have prepared in advance. They will demonstrate how the content and tools which they learn in the course can be applied.

Service in the Caux Community: Scholars will have an opportunity to help create and continue the unique "spirit of Caux" as they join with others in carrying out some of the practical work of Mountain House, including dining room service, cooking, housekeeping, gardening, or reception, for six to seven hours per week.