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    Advocacy and Activism - The advent of the Internet, an increased emphasis on globalism and the proliferation of network theory...

    Collaborative Governance - Collaboration is an essential tool in an increasingly interconnected world. We examine how collaborative govern...

     

    Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts - The rapid growth of industry and the intense competition for natural resources have brought...

    International and Intra-state Conflicts - We strive to understand the transformation of largescale destructive conflicts involving...

     
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    Prof. Farhana Sultana will be a panelist in a virtual international symposium onRace, Space, and Environment’.    It is an ongoing collaboration between Syracuse and Rhodes University (South Africa),  and will take place on Friday April 23rd at 12:00 EST. This interdisciplinary, interactive multimedia project brings together artists, scholars, technologists and community leaders from Syracuse and South Africa to investigate the intersections of race and the environment, specifically the impacts of current environmental crises on marginalized populations.  More information and the registration link is available here.  PARCC is a co-sponsor of the symposium.

    The 49th Annual Summer Institute.  Registration began April 7th for summer courses.  This summer will mark the 49th anniversary of PARCC's Summer Institute.  We are offering 4 courses: ANT 424/624 Negotiation: Theory and Practice, PST 420/SOS 620 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills, PST 400/SOS 600 Organizing for Power: Building Effective Social Movements, and PAI 730 Managing Environmental Conflict and Collaboration.  Current SU students can register through MySlice, Non-matriculated students can register through University College.  

    Remembering John Burdick.  In 2020, we mourned the loss of Professor John Burdick, a Syracuse University Professor of Anthropology, Research Director for PARCC’s Advocacy and Activism group, and a lifelong activist. His absence leaves a void in PARCC, the Maxwell School, SU, the local community, and in the world. In this video, produced by Syracuse University Center for Online and Digital Learning at University College, John speaks about his life, the stages of activism, and how he became an activist, with Catherine Gerard, former PARCC Director. 
    To honor his life and legacy, PARCC is pleased to announce a new annual mini-grant program  designed to support faculty and graduate student projects that conduct research on social movements and social change, or employ community-based research methods (e.g., ethnography, intensive fieldwork, action research) in partnership with social movement organizations. This year PARCC will award up to $5,000 in mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 each. 

    2021 Annual E-PARCC Competition starts.  The 2021 E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition is now accepting submissions.  For more information and details on the competition, please refer to the E-PARCC webpage.  Submissions are due March 15, 2021.  

    Prof. Lou Kriesberg recently wrote two commentary pieces about current events "Ways to Advance Equal Justice in America" and "Advancing Black Equity in America".  Both pieces appear on PARCC's Conflict and Collaboration blog.  His recent writings can also be found on Muck Rack.

    Prof. Jok Madut Jok recently wrote an editorial for Kenya's Nation newspaper.  It is about the current situation in Ethiopia.  It is titled, "Who will blink first to save Ethiopia from totally ruining itself by its own hands?"

    Prof. Farhana Sultana interviewed by Scientific American and Climate Brief about Climate Change and the Presidential Election.  PARCC Environmental Conflict and Collaboration Research Director Farhana Sultana was recently interviewed by Scientific American.  The interview, "Here's How Scientists Want Biden to Take on Climate Change" can be found at this link and was published 11/12/2020.  Her interview with Climate Brief "U.S. Election: Climate Experts React to Joe Biden's Victory" can be found at this link.

    Louis Kriesberg participated in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, a virtual event, November 23-26, 2020. His presentation, “Managing COVID-19 Impacts on Social Trust in the USA,” was on the panel: “Social Trust and Political Practices in the New Normal.”   His panel was on November 24 at 10:30 p.m.

     Prof. Purser named Motonna Professor. PARCC Faculty Associate Prof. Grechen Purser has been named the Ralph E. Montonna Professor at the Maxwell School for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This endowed professorship recognizes her contributions to undergraduate teaching.  Prof. Purser is also the Research Director of the PARCC Advocacy and Activism Research Group.

    Project Save the World.  PARCC Faculty Associates Prof. Louis Kriesberg (also former PARCC Director) and Prof. Bruce Dayton participated in a video conversation for Project Save the World.    Their conversation is called Conflict Transformation and featured a discussion with host Metta Spencer.  Kriesberg and Dayton specialize in constructive ways of handling conflicts—which may, they explained to Metta, involve combinations of persuasion,  reward, and/or coercion.  Video: https://youtu.be/aJ_1KM4ot7Q or Audio podcast: https://projectsavetheworld.libsyn.com/transforming-conflict.

    Remembering John Burdick.  "John Burdick passed away on 4 July 2020. John was a dear colleague and wonderful friend, and a dedicated contributor to PARCC.  John was one of the first colleagues I met when I came to the Maxwell School to direct PARCC (then PARC, The Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts).  It didn’t take long before John became an integral member of the PARC leadership team. He co-founded the Syracuse Social Movements Initiative (SSMI), and directed it for the ensuing 11 years. He became a PARC Associate Director, working to bring students, colleagues, and community members, into our work. We spent many hours with one another putting together SSMI and shaping PARC.  John brought a passion for social justice and helping people forge better lives.  After a little bit I stopped being surprised when I got email from him at 2 or 3 in the morning, and appreciated the enormous energy he brought to everything he did.  In PARC and in other university settings, we spent long hours in various meetings. John was always doodling in the margins of his notepad—wonderful portraits of others around the table.  As anthropology department colleagues we shared interest in methods, theory, and action research. Those shared intellectual interests led us through many intense conversations, not infrequently over drinks. He insisted on intellectual honesty, methodological rigor, and thoughtful reflection. When meetings or conversations were fraught John might bust out a Broadway show tune, or a Tom Lehrer parody to lighten moods.  I don’t think I ever heard him say ‘no’ to a request to help out on a project or committee.  John was always open, supportive, and respectful; characteristics that served him well in his indefatigable efforts to build consensus among diverse constituencies.  Although SSMI ceased its operations, John continued as a generous, integral member of the (now) PARCC leadership.  Although he is no longer physically with us, and we all will miss him dearly, his enormous gifts of heart and mind suffuse PARCC, the anthropology department, and the university generally, and leave us a precious and lasting legacy." By Robert A. Rubinstein, Ph.D., MsPH Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of International Relations.

    Prof. Nabatchi awarded CUSE Grant.  

    Few – if any – public policy problems can be addressed effectively by a single government agency working alone. Indeed, our current policy challenges, whether environmental, economic, educational, or otherwise, necessitate “collaborative governance,” a term used to indicate the practice of bringing together multiple stakeholders in mutual forums to engage in decision making about problems that cannot be solved or easily solved by single organizations acting alone.  

    This project centers on building the world’s first large-n database on collaborative governance that spans and connects multi-level quantitative and qualitative data on structures, processes, inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Once built, the Atlas will contain “entries” about the use of collaborative governance in numerous locations and policy areas. This will allow scholars to conduct – for the first time ever – large scale, comparative empirical analyses, which has profound implications for research, practice, and policy. 



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    Louis Kriesberg

    Louis Kriesberg - Professor Emeritus of Sociology

    Louis Kriesberg

    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies, and founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (1986–1994), all at Syracuse University, NY.  

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