Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am an American citizen but have been living outside of the United States for eight years. I completed high school and University in Rome, Italy majoring in Art History and Humanistic Studies. I then completed an M.Litt in Modern and Contemporary Art History at Christie's Education in London. There I received a distinction for my thesis on " Afro-Cuban Religious Symbolism in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Art: Redefining National Identity." I am currently finishing a joint MA in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations at the American University of Paris and the Institut Catholique de Paris.
This summer I worked at the International Child Art Foundation as the managing editor of their Child Art Magazine. In Paris I am the U.S. Coordinator to Art Child, an NGO greatly supported by UNESCO that ovesees the organization of international children's arts exhibitions promoting the themes of peace and democracy through children's art used as a form of intercultural dialogue. We are currently in the process of organizing an exhibition of 150 paintings created by children from all over the world in Paris next Autumn 2008. We hope to exhibit the same artwork at a similar exhibition in the U.A.E next Spring 2009. I speak fluent English, French, Portuguese, and rudimentary Modern Standard Arabic.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Italy, France, Brazil, Lebanon, and Palestine
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
completing my MA in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Education
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Evaluation, Program Administration, Program Design, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
The Middle East in particular the concept and evolution of Jihad.
Conflict Resolution and Children
Conflict Resolution and Art
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Welcome on peace networking.It is very interesting that you are working on "Jihad" in Middle East but I would like to inform you that in my country (Pakistan) especially in my province North of Pakistan, it is a big problem now a days. mostly suiciders are in the age of 17 to 20 years old. so we have the problems in our youngster. You should think about this area. If you need any information and support i am here. you can contact me on my firstname.lastname@example.org.
yes art can be a great tools for peace making when we go deep into it you will find a deep relationship in it,admirer of any art is different person and creator of art is another one,not only other but from different culture and beckgroud,and also when it created by children there will be always inocece and purity.i wish you a grweat success in your all reseach and study.thank you for accepting me as a friend.
I am also interested in peacebuilding and conflict resolution sector.Nepal is now in post conflict era.Actually, i am working in Nepal . i have established an Ngo called People and Development (PAD),www.pad.org.np.if you are interested to know about the going on peace building process here in Nepal, you may write to me.
I found your page through Zafar Saleem Bangash's Page. 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, Mediation and Negotiation. I'm also a former artist (making a giant leap to law) and illustrator whose career went from fine art, through illustration, to graphics, then to advertising. One day I woke up and said "how did this happen?"
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.
Nice to here about you current job on research findings on Conflict Resolution and Children's Art.It will be great for your future .Hope you will be share about the research .
Yadab from Nepal
Nice to see you in peace and collaborative development networking. I am Kesab Prasad Bastola working with the Government of Nepal in the field of human rights and peacebuilding. I am interested to learn about your research findings on Conflict Resolution and Children's Art: Changing Current Perceptions. (My email is : email@example.com)
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