PARCC  Past Events

 FALL 2018 Semester Events

Better or Worse Book Cover 2018

PARCC Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse Book Symposium 

October 26, 2018.  The newly published book, Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse claims that conflict and collaboration can be good, bad, or benign.  A panel of chapter authors presented their central themes and ideas for future research.

Louis Kriesberg, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies; Founding Director of PARC, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, “Improving social relations.”
Catherine Gerard, Director, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Maxwell School, Syracuse University, “Understanding the link between collaboration and better or worse relations: The view from public administration.”
W. Henry Lambright, Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs and Political Science, Syracuse University, "Building the International Space Station: Leadership, conflict, and collaboration."
Robert M. Demgenski, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Syracuse University and Miriam Fendius Elman, Associate Professor, Political Science, Syracuse University, "Conflict and collaboration in international relations theory."
John S. Burdick, Professor, Anthropology, Syracuse University, "The role of coercion in collaboration."
Steven R. Brechin, Professor, Sociology, Rutgers University, "Civil society-government collaborations in Belize Central America: From better to worse in shared ecological conservation governance?"
Robert A. Rubinstein, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Professor, International Relations, Syracuse University, "Coercing consensus? Notes on power and the hegemony of collaboration."
Margaret Susan Thompson, Associate Professor, History and Political Science, Syracuse University, “Concentric circles of sisterhood: American nuns respond to Vatican Kyriarchy."

 SPRING 2018 Semester Events

The Future of the Middle East: Israel’s Integration into the Arab World 

Amb. Dani Dayan(3)

April 24, 2018. Guest Speaker: Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York. Ambassador Dayan is known as an Israeli public intellectual, lecturer, and entrepreneur. As consul general, he represents the State of Israel to communities throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware.  He previously served as chairman and chief foreign envoy of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria. In these roles, he opened doors to the major seats of government worldwide and conducted regular meetings with foreign diplomats and journalists. He began his career as an entrepreneur and businessman, founding the high-tech company Elad Systems in 1982; he sold his interests in the firm in 2005, at which time it employed 500 IT professionals. Prior to Elad, he spent seven-plus years in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite MAMRAM data processing center, attaining the rank of major.  Amb. Dayan has been a regular commentator in the international press. He has contributed to the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and many more. 

 Spring 2017 Semester Events

Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution

April 24, 2017

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations on Jerusalem

April 25, 2017

Lior Lehrs Guest Speaker: Lior Lehrs is an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University. His areas of research are the theory and history of conflict resolution, diplomacy, and  negotiations.  Lior wrote his doctoral dissertation, “Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution Processes,” in the department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to his position at the Taub Center, Lior was a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, where he focused on the topic of Jerusalem within Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and on conflicts in holy sites. He is also a Fellow at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and he was a Doctoral Fellow at Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

UNRWA and the Arab Palestinian Refugees: Contested Claims and Anomalies

Asaf RomirowskyApril 20, 2017. Guest Speaker: Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).  He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and is an adjunct professor at Haifa University. Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, UK and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East, as well as on Israeli and Zionist history.  He is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief.  PARCC was one of the co-sponsors along with Jewish Studies Program, Middle Eastern Studies (MES) Program.

U.S Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump

Phyllis Bennis April 19, 2017.

Guest Speaker: Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC. Bennis's journalism and activism employ a rigorous left perspective and focus on ending the U.S. wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and beyond. She is the author of numerous books, including Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror: A Primer, Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

Fall 2016 Events 

 Transforming Intractable Conflicts: Their Restructuring and Reframing Conference  

PARCC 30th AnniversaryTel Aviv University September 23 and 24, 2016 at Syracuse University.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PARCC partnered with The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research to hold an interdisciplinary conference which reflected on the past 25 years of conflict and conflict resolution studies across multiple disciplines and fields of study since the 1989 publication of Intractable Conflicts and their Transformation co-edited by Louis Kriesberg, Terrell A. Northrup and Stuart J. Thorson.

The conference consisted of theoretical panels and panels devoted to specific case studies to explore the evolution of the field in the last quarter century.
Here is a link more information about the conference.                                                                

National Security for Israel in an Unstable Middle East: Prospects for a Two-State Reality

September 29, 2016.
Guest Speaker: Gilead Sher is an Israeli attorney who served as Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator to Israel's former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. In that capacity he acted as one of Israel's senior peace negotiators from 1999 to 2001, at the Camp David II summit in 2000 and the Taba talks in 2001, as well as in extensive rounds of covert negotiations with the Palestinian representatives.  Alongside his law practice, Sher leads the Center for Applied Negotiations at the Tel Aviv Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), which he joined in 2012 as a Senior Research Fellow. Harvard Law School and Harvard University's Program on Negotiations appointed Sher as Lecturer on Law for the 2016 fall semester.  This event was organized by the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) and PARCC was one of the co-sponsors along with Jewish Studies Program, Middle Eastern Studies (MES) Program, and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. Here is a link to more information about Mr. Sher's talk. 

3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World Advancing Democratic Governance in the Developing World: The Role of Conflict, Complementarity, and Collaboration in Fostering Democratic Ideals, Practices, and Institutions

July 18-19, 2016
at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.                     

The purpose of the 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance * was to explore the various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world. Specifically, the conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (e.g., public administration, political science, economics, sociology, business, law, journalism, international relations, and others) to collectively examine the role of conflict, complementarity, and collaboration in fostering and sustaining democratic ideals, practices, and institutions. In their papers, conference participants can address numerous themes and issues.
PARCC logo, Rwanda Governance Board logo, and Cheney University logo
This conference was organized and financially sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), an interdisciplinary research institute housed in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Additional conference organizers include the Rwanda Governance Board and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

* The 1st International Conference on Democratic Governance: Challenges in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East was held in 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2nd International Conference on Democratic Governance: Accountability and Youth Engagement for Sustainable Development was held in 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda.


Spring 2016 Semester Events

Americans Who Tell the Truth

March 22, 2016. "Art and Narrative Activism: The 'Americans Who Tell the Truth' Project" with Guest Speaker Rob Shetterly whose Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. Included was a display of 8 of Mr. Shetterly's over 180 portraits. 

March 22, 2016.  “Nuclear Sacrifice Zones From Los Alamos to Fukushima: Is NY Next?”  Award-winning film maker Bud Ryan will be speaking and showing excerpts of his film, "The Forgotten Bomb" at the SUNY- ESF Moon Library room 110.
Ryan, a resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico will join ESF student Kayo Green, a native of Japan, and Jessica Azulay of the New York state-wide Alliance for a Green Economy. After showing a portion of the film, presenters will discuss the deleterious environmental impacts of nuclear power and nuclear weapons and support our local fight to prevent raiding the Clean Energy Budget to subsidize dirty and dangerous nuclear power.  The full film will be shown Tuesday March 22  (same day) at 7pm ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse NY 13203.  This event was sponsored by: Society for Conservation Biology, CNY chapter, Society for Ecological Restoration, Student Association at SUNY-ESF, The Baobab Society and PARCC. 

February 29, 2016.  "The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde."   Black feminist icon Gloria Joseph visited the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse, NY  to read from and discuss "The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde." The discussion was followed by a reception and a book-signing.  This event was sponsored by the Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Collective in the College of Arts and Sciences and PARCC was one of several co-sponsors.                                                         

Fall 2015 Semester Events

November 5, 2015. Building a More Secure World:  Public Diplomacy for 21st Century Actors  Symposium. PARCC was one of the co-sponsors of the Public Diplomacy Symposium organized by the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars, a professional student-run organization at Syracuse University. This year the focus was to discuss that ways in which public diplomacy is addressing the rising influence of new, 21st century actors.  The keynote speakers were Ivan Sigal, the Executive Director of Global Voices, an online citizen media network covering 167 countries around the world and Anita Sharma, the Executive Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the United Nations Foundation.

November 10, 2015. "The National Labor Act at 80. Who is an employee?" Presentation by Barney Horowitz, Resident Officer, Region 3 NLRB Albany and John Grunert, Field Attorney, Region 3 NLRB Albany. Organized by the Labor Studies Working Group and co-sponsored by PARCC.

October 22, 2015. Screening of the award-winning documentary film "The Hand That Feeds" followed by a discussion with the co-director, Rachel Lears, and local labor activists. Organized by the Labor Studies Working Group. Co-sponsored by PARCC, The Food Studies Program of Syracuse University's Falk College and the Maxwell School Departments of Anthropology, Sociology and Geography.

September 24-26, 2015 The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival celebrated its 13th year with an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justice issues around the globe. The festival is part of Syracuse Symposium 2015: Networks and is presented by the SU Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences and The Newhouse School.  PARCC was one of several co-sponsors.

September 15, 2015. "Turkish Foreign Policy and the Syrian War." Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family Fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.  Dr. Cagaptay has written extensively on Turkish domestic politics and U.S.- Turkish relations, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, such as the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post and New York Times. He is a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog. A historian by training, he wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. He has taught courses at different academic institutions including Yale, Princeton, Georgetown University, and Smith College. He is the author of Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who is a Turk? (2006), and Turkey Rising:The 21st Century's First Muslim Power (2013). This event was organized by the Syracuse University Middle Eastern Studies Program and co-sponsored by PARCC.

Spring 2015 Semester Events

Honduras Partido Anticorrupcion (PAC)group photo

February 6 and 7, 2015. Representatives from the Honduras Partido Anticorrupcion (PAC) visited PARCC. Director, Catherine Gerard, Professor Tina Nabatchi, Co-Director of the PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative, and Ph.D. Student Alvaro Salas, met with Senator Fatima Mena Baide, Senator Luis Redondo Guifarrao, Senator Anibal Calix Funez, and Ricardo Mena Pineda, co-founder of the Party. The goals of the meeting were to discuss a potential alliance with PARCC for research projects and capacity building in Honduras for the upcoming years and to discuss a research project about Organizational Change/Theory, Collaborative Governance and Leadership inside the party.

February 18, 2015.  "Mobilizing the Academic Precariat: The Contingent Faculty Labor Movement at SU and Beyond." Description: The low pay and poor working conditions for adjunct faculty and other part time instructors has become a topic of concern across colleges and universities throughout the country. This panel discussion served to both explain the problem and explore solutions at Syracuse University and beyond. The panelists aim was to provide resources to make the issue more visible on campus and also provide opportunities for organizing with broader national movements focused on academic labor rights.  This event was organized by the Labor Studies Working Group.  

April 9, 2015-  Film Screening- "Food Chain$- The Revolution in America's Fields."  A new documentary exposing the reality of farm labor in America.  Sponsored by the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Labor Studies Working Group, and the Central New York Worker's Center. This event was organized by the Labor Studies Working Group and PARCC was one of the co-sponsors.

Religion and Labor Event
April 10 and 11, 2015
- Religion and Labor: Moral Vision from/for the Grassroots- A Conference at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College.  Labor leaders and scholars from around the world are gathering for a two-day symposium in Syracuse, New York, to explore how the moral resources within religious traditions can invigorate struggles for labor justice. The symposium will bring together ethicists, theorists, theologians, historians, and others to foster a dialogue intended both to deepen scholarly conversations around these issues and to promote greater intellectual depth for faith-based labor organizing. Friday, April 10th was held at  Syracuse University and Saturday, April 11th was held at Le Moyne College.  This event was organized by the Labor Studies Working Group and PARCC was one of many sponsors.  

Facilitating Peace logo Joyce Neu
April 17, 2015.  Conversation with Dr. Joyce Neu, a conflict resolution specialist and Founder and Senior Associate of Facilitating Peace, a consulting network that has worked with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations. She discussed careers in International Mediation with a group of over 20 students.  Sponsored by the Conflict Management Center and PARCC.  

Fall 2014 Semester Events

Carving Through Borders poster

September 18, 2015. Carving Through Borders: Discrimination, Immigration, and Citizenship a Maxwell School 90th Anniversary Event. This unique collaborative event, between PARCC at the Maxwell School and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, explored the experience of immigration through the lenses of artistic expression and policy discussion. Beginning with an exhibition of banners designed by Mexican activist artists and produced by Syracuse University students through the Steamroller Project with commentary by the project director. Followed by a panel discussion, featuring a prominent Mexican artist and scholars in social justice art and political science, the audience will examine the artistic expression of discrimination experienced by Mexicans and discuss the real tensions in American society and policy relating to immigration and citizenship.

October 1, 2015. Documentary Film Screening: “Never Forget: Public Memory & 9/11” examines the ways in which the past invades and shapes the present. Beginning with interviews with people who experienced 9/11 as a volunteer at Ground Zero and building to those who experienced the attacks on television throughout the world, this film explores the ways that ‘we’ Never Forget. We live in a world where history seems like an ‘accurate’ depiction of the past. “Public Memory” challenges that assumption. Through an examination of the role of 9/11 ten years after the attacks, we explore how the relationships between individual memory, memorials, education, history, media, and politics shape our understandings of the past in the present. PARCC was a co-sponsor along with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The event was held at the Watson Theater and was free and open to the public.

October 28, 2014 Film Screening: “The Other Son.” This film addresses the idea of infants switched at birth, each growing up as somebody else. Is who you are determined by biological inheritance or by the influence of your environment? After the screening there was an optional 30-minute discussion, led by LIME (An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group). PARCC was a co-sponsor of this event.

Realizing Peace Book Cover

A Constructive Approach to International Conflicts was a two day event in honor of Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies Louis Kriesberg’s new book, Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach, which was released in March 2015 by Oxford University Press. November 11, 2014. Introduction to a Constructive Conflict Approach provided an introduction to the ever-developing fields of peace studies, conflict resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and the constructive conflict approach. This session was sponsored by INSCT. November 13, 2014. Applying a Constructive Conflict Approach to Middle East Conflicts engaged participants in applying the ideas of the constructive conflict approach to various stages of the many interconnected conflicts in the Middle East. This session was sponsored PARCC.

November 18, 2014. Organizing for Dignity: The Campesino Movement in Colombia. Guest Speaker- Marylén Serna Salinas is a farmer, and the leader of Cajibio's Farmers' Movement (CFM) based on the province of Cauca, in southwestern Colombia. Marylén has served for many years in leadership roles with organizations such as the Cauca Network for Life and Human Rights, the Women's Departmental Organization, the Cauca's Regional Committee of Victims, and the Regional Space for Peace. At the national level, Marylén is spokesperson for the Peoples' Congress, a coalition of social movements from across the nation, and a ley leader in Colombia's National Agrarian Summit. This event was organizied by the Labor Studies Working Group and sponsored by PARCC and the Department of Anthropology.

Labor Symposium 2014 - "From Exclusion to Power": Labor Law and the Right to Organize Among Domestic and Farm Workers, Feb. 28, 1:00-4:30pm, Global Collaboratory, 060 Eggers Hall. 
Millions are excluded by law or practice from the basic protections and bargaining rights afforded to most workers in the United States. Guest workers, prison workers, restaurant workers who survive on tips, are all examples of workers who do not have the bare minimum of rights required for creating workplaces of respect and dignity. However, millions of these “excluded workers” are now organizing across the United States to not only achieve specific goals like coverage under minimum wage laws, but also a more fundamental human right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers. This symposium organized by the Labor Studies Working Group, and sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), attempted to grapple with the challenges and recent organizing successes for these workers. It brought together academic experts and activists.  The program included two separate panels focusing on a specific kind of excluded workforce. The first panel focused on domestic workers (e.g., home health care workers, housecleaners, child caregivers) who had recently won “Domestic Workers’ Bill Of Rights” bills in states across the country (including NY) as well as new federal regulations including the nearly 2 million domestic workers in basic minimum wage and overtime pay laws. The second panel examined migrant farmworkers with a specific focus on the booming dairy sector in Upstate New York which includes an estimated 2,600 undocumented mostly Latino workforce. Overcoming appallingly long hours, unsafe conditions and fears of deportation, these workers have begun organizing around state-level legislation, “The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.” The panels hope to both raise awareness on the plight of these workers, as well as build common organizing strategies across different sectors.

Labor Studies Symposium, Spring 2013 - "The Crisis of Academic Labor: Grad Students, Adjuncts and the Making of the Low-Wage University" Friday, March 29, 2013 (all day) at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
Over the last four decades, American universities have increasingly shifted their academic labor force toward a pool of part-time and underpaid adjuncts, graduate students, and a whole variety of hybrid non-tenure track faculty. Today, according to the American Association of University Professors, nearly 70% of faculty members are non-tenure track, characterized by low wages, difficult working conditions and negligible job security. Meanwhile, universities continue to raise student tuition while spending exorbitant amounts on administration salaries and building construction.How has this happened? How do the eroding conditions for academic labor mirror wider trends in American capitalism toward low-wage job growth and increasing inequality? How have these trends affected Syracuse University? How are technological trends and new teaching platforms transforming the conditions of academic labor? What are the prospects for graduate students working toward a career in academia? What is the future of tenure? Finally, and most important, how have these trends been resisted through adjunct and grad student unionization and other forms of labor struggle? How does Syracuse University's status as a private institution structure the legal environment of such struggles? This workshop and event on academic labor will explore such questions and provide a venue at Syracuse for discussion and debate by all those concerned with the state of academic labor. More > 

Sweatshop Workers Speak Out - Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in the Global Collaboratory (060 Eggers Hall), Syracuse University. 
Honduran and Haitian garment workers will speak out against the sweatshop conditions in factories owned and contracted by Gildan, the largest supplier in the Western hemisphere to Adidas. This event is part of the NYS Sweatshop-Free Week of Action coordinated by the Labor Religion Coalition of New York State. Organized by PARCC’s Labor Studies Group with co-sponsorship from Hendricks Chapel, United Students Against Sweatshops, Sweatfree Communities, and the Labor Religion Coalition of New York State.  

Youthquake - From Arab Street to Wall Street- Srdja Popovic, Executive Director, Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS)  January 28, 2013. Location: Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall 

Srdja Popovic, an internationally known activist, will discuss the importance of unity, planning and discipline in successfully toppling dictatorships. He will also explain differences between "complete" and "incomplete" revolutions. Finally, he will elaborate on how different methods like the use of the Internet, humor, slogans and choosing battles which you can win can contribute to nonviolent revolution. Srdja Popovic was one of the founders and key organizers of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor that helped to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. In 2003, Popovic and other ex-Otpor activists started the nonprofit educational Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). CANVAS has worked with people from 46 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, and Venezuela, in spreading knowledge on nonviolent strategies and tactics used by the Serbian pro-democracy movement to other non-democratic countries. CANVAS has worked with activists responsible for successful movements such as the Georgian “Rose Revolution” of 2003 and the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” of 2004-2005. It also transferred knowledge to Lebanese activists in 2004 to address the crisis after the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, and assisted participants in the Maldives’ revolution in 2008. Recently CANVAS has worked with April 6th, a key group in the Egyptian nonviolent uprising, as well as other groups in the Middle East.

This event is presented by The Transnational NGO Initiative, PARCC, and The Transnational Societal Security.

  Re-Enchanting Humanity: Stories for a Sustainable Future On November 28-30, nearly 50 visionary leaders representing diverse ideologies and disciplines will gather at Syracuse University to engage in a dialog, telling the stories of our civilization and searching for a shared narrative to promote sustainability and move us beyond conflict. Through a process used widely in community and peace-building work, participants will share openly and listen deeply, transcending individual positions to develop a new narrative for the future of humanity and the planet. This dialog will be organized around four topic areas: Environment, Economy, Democracy, and Being. Artists joined participants to create stories that can engender a more compassionate, inclusive, civil society—one that can support a sustainable future. 

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:00–8:30 p.m. An Evening of Stories and Music for Sustainability Location: Maxwell Auditorium (with open reception in Maxwell Foyer at 6:00 p.m.)
Panel discussion and cultural program to share emerging narratives. Open reception preceding the event will allow the public and university community to gather with presenters and participants. Opening remarks by Ralph Singh, and by sociology professor Marjorie DeVault on the role of narrative in social change. Panelists include Rabbi Brad Hirschfield (Co-President of CLAL), Dr. Naresh Singh (former UN Advisor for Poverty and Sustainable Livelihoods), Nick Stuart (President and CEO of Odyssey Networks). Stories presented by Francis Parks, storytelling matriarch and founder of Sojourner Story Festival. Music offered by jazz clarinetist David Rothenberg, with world-renowned sound designer Doug Quin.

Friday, Nov. 30, 10:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Building the Story for a Sustainable Future Location: Global Collaboratory, 060 Eggers Hall
Discussion of emerging narratives assisted by visual facilitator Julie Stuart. Audience contributions will be welcome as the group identifies opportunities for change and begins to frame a call to action.  Download event flyer (pdf). vent hosted/sponsored by:
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with the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation, and the Community Foundation of Central New York.

University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) 2012 Annual Meeting-  Embedding Collaborative Governance in Universities, Communities, and Government June 10-12, 2012 at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  This conference focused on one central question: How do we make collaborative governance an embedded feature in the regular work of universities, communities, and governments?  Numerous centers for collaborative governance have sprung up at universities across the country and around the world. These centers seek to assist citizens and leaders to engage in dialogue, discussion, problem solving, and conflict resolution around public issues. Few would argue against the need for such centers, particularly given the numerous policy challenges we currently face in our communities, states, and nation. However, while these centers have had successes in practice and service, teaching and training, and/or in research, their assistance is not consistently sought out by decision makers in the universities, communities, and governments they serve. Co-sponsored by UNCG and the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) of Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

The PARCC Labor Studies Group  2011-12 Lecture Series

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNDER SEIGE?  The Case of Public School Teachers. Wednesday, April 18th from 4-6 PM in 204 Maxwell Hall.   Public sector workers are under unprecedented political attack. Salaries and pensions have been cut in the name of fiscal austerity. Collective bargaining and organizing rights have been rolled back in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. The battle is spreading to other states. In the midst of this furor, public school teachers are facing the twin challenges of insistent demand for improved outcomes for their students and the fiscal restraints of the ongoing recessionary environment. Our distinguished panelists will present on the phenomenon of the political attacks on public sector workers and then focus on the case of teachers, highlighting the best and worst strategies being employed by school systems, politicians, teachers and the unions that represent them to address these challenges. Panelists: Douglas Gerhardt, Esq., Partner with Harris Beach, PLLC, President of Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs (MASLA), Rebecca Givan, Asst Professor at ILR, Cornell University, Pauline Kinsella, Executive Director, NYS United Teachers, former Chair, NYS Public Employment Board.

Solidarity Across Borders: New Developments in Labor Transnationalism. Tuesday, March 20, 2012- from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Global Collaboratory, 060 Eggers Hall.  Guest Speakers: Jamie McCallum-Assistant Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College, Robin Alexander- Director of International Affairs of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE), and Benedicto Martinez Orozco- Co-President of the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico. With the institution of NAFTA, labor transnationalism found new and fertile ground in which to take root, pushing well beyond officially imposed limits. One of the pioneering cross-­border alliances to chart the way from anti­‐NAFTA agitation tothe formation of a principled and sustained transnational labor movement has been the UE-FAT Strategic Organizing Alliance. Moreover, both principals in this alliance are rooted in a rare tradition of independent, social-­movement unionism in the U.S. and Mexico. Recently, these fortuitous beginnings have been considerably strengthened and expanded by the formation of the Tri-­National Solidarity Alliance (TNSA), comprising a variety of unions from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. In this exciting forum, we continue our tradition of bringing seasoned practioners in the field together with academic experts to talk about the state of the labor movement and labor solidarity. Leaders from the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) and the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) will join a labor sociologist to talk about key developments in and the longer-term outlook for transnational labor solidarity.

Labor and Community Organizing: a Labor Studies Symposium.  Friday, October 28, 2011 from 2-4pm in 500 Hall of Languages.  Janice Fine, Professor at Rutgers University and Author of Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream. Ian Macdonald, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. Jeffrey Bellamy, Executive Director of Syracuse Alliance for a New Economy. Mark Spadafore, Political Organizer for SEIU Local 1199.  

Taken for a Ride: Guestworkers in the U.S.  Thursday, September 1, 2011 in 060 Eggers Hall, the Global Collaboratory at 4:00pm  with guests David Griffiths from East Carolina University, Rachel Micah-Jones and Martin Davila  from Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM) that works to organize and improve working conditions for migrant workers in the U.S. and Rebecca Fuentes, coordinator of the Workers' Center of Central New York. For more information, click here.  

PARCC also co-sponsored a two day symposium titled, Engaging Conflict: Transformations through the Arts, which featured film, movement, theater, and story-telling. The conference, began on Friday, November 4, at 5 pm with a film screening and continued with a full day of activities on Saturday, November 5.  It was held at the Warehouse Auditorium, 350 W. Fayette Street, in downtown Syracuse. Read more.

Monday, April 2nd- PARCC Welcomes David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute and Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum for two lectures.  Non-violence and the Middle East.  at 12:00 pm in 402 Maxwell Hall. For nonviolence to be rel­evant it must be applicable to the most complex conflicts. Cortright will discuss the theory and tactics of nonviolent strategy and its use in the Egyptian revolution.  Afghan Women Speak: Enhancing Security and Human Rights in Afghanistan. at 4:00 pm in 341 Eggers Hall. Since the overthrow of the Taliban by U.S.-led forces in 2001, the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan has generated much public debate. Some commentators have suggested that prolonged U.S. and NATO military occupation is needed to protect women’s gains. But what do Afghan women think?  David Cortright co-authored a report of this title based on extensive interviews with Afghan women leaders, including parliamentarians, activists, school principals, health workers, and members of the police force and army. *This Event is Co-Sponsored by: Syracuse University’s Department of Political Science, Sociology,  Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, the South Asia Center, and Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND).