"I have been involved with AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) for over 20 years, and have seen the incredible work it has done transforming lives of inmates (as well as people in the community) from patterns of violence to lives of contribution…"
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I am a full-time associate professor of psychology at Pace University in PLeasantville, NY. I currently teach in our MS Counseling Program as well as teaching peace and justice studies. I have facilitated AVP (Alternatives to Violence Programs for over 25 years, and it greatly impacted my thinking and development. In 1993 I took at 9-day training in Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg, and began an intensive study of this system.
Four years ago, I met a colleague in the Political Science Dept. at Pace, Joan Katen, who shared similar views and visions for creating a peace and justice studies program at Pace. We began this process 3 years ago, co-teaching an interdisciplinary course called Keys to Global Peace: Nonviolent Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Development. We have invited many speakers to come to both our classes and to the conferences we organized in conjunction with the course. It has been an educational and inspiring process for both of us. After discovering and joining the PJSA in the Fall of 06 I felt empowered to create, with my colleague, Joan, and a wonderful advisory board, a new minor in peace and justice studies at Pace Pleasantville, and to support the development of a similar minor on the Pace NYC campus. Currently it is "housed" in the psychology department at Pace. Our goal is to create an Institute for Peace and Justice Studies at Pace, similar to the ones at Notre Dame and U. San Diego.
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only the USA
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Associate Prof. of Psychology, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
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Conflict Resolution, Psychosocial
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Thanks for your comments and good wishes for betterment of democracy in my country and I wish you the same in your country. And thanks again for your comments on my organization. Yes Freedom Forum was initiated at the time of royal takeover of state authority in 2004 and started the move towards inclusive democracy in real sense. Democracy is one of the most important working themes of our organization and I have coordinated the program on this theme. Basically our program is framed on research and advocacy activities. Media freedom is another most important working theme. Dear Frances, I hope you may notice the ongoing peace process in Nepal .This peace dealings and democratization processes in fact can make a shift from elite/feudal led democracy to grass root and participatory democracy in Nepal. And frankly we are getting opportunities to make border domain of knowledge on conflict transformation and democratization + more associated themes on it e.g. electoral reform, federalism public sector reform etc in our home country. I believe we can make reality of all peoples, dreams with new constitution soon. I am so happy to see you here in this network and I believe you will add me as your friends. I will be in touch with you.
thanks for you reply, now a days we (Lawyers) are busy in the movement of Rule of Law in Pakistan , and i am sure with the best wishes of you people we are able to restore our Judiciary in Pakistan. and we all are again ready to go to jail for this issue. ( I already spent 9 days in Jail during this movement against Army) thanks again for your wishes.
I'm happy to hear that the NVC book arrived safely and that you're happy to have it. I was wondering about that just this week, and so I appreciate your letting me know it arrived! If you have any questions about NVC as you read it, please write and ask.
I am so happy for you sending me book of NVC.Just Yesterday I got it.It is really intresting and usefull .I am so glad with you.Hope I will get more information and guidelince in future .
any way I am so happy for sending that book .
It seems we share some common interests so I wanted to make my introduction. I'm Chris from New Orleans. I'm studying Comparative legal systems at Tulane Law School and am very interested in Human Rights and Mediation and Negotiation. Given our common interests it would be good to start communication so we can refer to each other for advice in the future. Please take a minute to view my page and leave a message if you like.
No need to apologize for the delay. We all lead busy lives! And thank you for letting me know that your motivation for your work began as a student. It encourages me in my own work with students.
Thank you also for your suggestions for places to visit in your area of India. Hopefully I will be able to follow through on them some time. They certainly sound like wonderful places to visit. I learn so much when I visit other places and other countries. I'm happy that "travel study" has become more popular in the US, as too many of our students lack the perspective of people beyond our national borders.
I am very sorry for my late response. Thank you very much indeed for your comments.
I was motivated by the situation to begin my involvement in social actions as a student.
Yes! If you can motivate your students to involve in social actions, it may make a difference.
Thank you for your 7-day retreat in India. Please try to spend some days in Imphal, Manipur too next time. The only Floating National Park in the world, Keibul Lamjao, home of the brow entlered deer, Sangai is in Manipur. Loktak, the largest fresh water lake in the North-East India lies in Manipur. Manipur is famous for its handloom and handicrafts.
Once again thank you very much indeed for your wish in my continued success in helping this troubled area.
I look forward to keeping in touch with you.
Thank you so mcuh for your e.mail , You are right its not easy to enter in Madrassas for that i use my links with some Officals i mean the department people and also offering them a food for kids and some clothes , so then i am allowed. but due to some financial problem ( I was arrested By Police during the Emergeny in Pakistan ,i am a member of Human Rights Committee so they sent me in prison for almost 8days and even after they are behind me ) i have no money to go to mudrassas again. but hope when any NGO want to work for them i will be happy to work with.
IF possible please send me mails of my Yahoo id my e.mail is
Thanks for your informative mail.and also thanks for sending this book.I will infrom to you whene i will get it .I hope you will be gerat for my future .I want to touch with you.I think i can read/speak good English.Now i am doing like this business in Nepal.
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