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"Dear friend Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we…"
Feb 3, 2009

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Dena Hawes brings an interdisciplinary, innovative approach to her research and practice in the areas of the arts and conflict resolution. She has an MFA from University of California Santa Barbara with a focus on performance and multiple-media art and theory, and a Ph.D from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 2007.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the university level for four years in conflict resolution, visual and performance art, contemporary art issues, and intensive writing. Her integrative approach to teaching has been supported by the departments where she has taught experimental methods of art making that were informed and influenced by ideas and theory in philosophy, social science, anthropology and art.

She has researched and worked abroad in areas of civil society and international development. Her work in conflict resolution and art strives towards improved understanding of different ethnicities, cultures and worldviews. Her dissertation explores and explains how performance art could be used for intervention purposes in the field of Conflict Resolution in ways that could help resolve and transform conflict at the individual level. It is her desire to teach at a university that will support her research integrating social science theory and practice that looks to art as a vehicle towards perceptual, attitudinal and relational changes, focusing on the artist’s role in building positive community relationships, and with the intent of developing interdisciplinary conflict resolution practices that creatively utilize a variety of disciplines and emphasize the arts.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan
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?
Project Coordinator at George Mason University
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Development, Youth, Education, Civil Society
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Training, Evaluation, Program Design, Fundraising, Program Administration
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Peacebuilding and the Arts and Community Development
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects in: Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice, University Press of America, Rowman & Littlefield publishing group, Lanham, Maryland, 2007.

Public Art, Urban Sustainability and Peacebuilding, PeaceTimes Journal, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, 2002.

The Role of Socially Engaged Artistic Practice, PeaceTimes Journal, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, 2001.

Artists of Color Deconstructing Racism, PeaceTimes Journal, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, 2001.

War Stories: Artist’s Profile/review. Asianweek Magazine, San Francisco, 1995.

Coastal Project, P-Form Performance Art Magazine, Chicago, Il., September 26, 1993.

Chinese American Artists Find Commonality in ’Ancestral Spirits’. Asianweek Magazine, San Francisco, CA. 1993.

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At 12:33pm on April 18, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Dena

Happy to meet you in Peace Network today, the great platform for peace-makers around the world. Please share your experience and achievement with other colleagues. We can be good friend and partners on common causes.

At 12:28pm on November 11, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa M said…
Dear Dena
I would like to greet you and we need collaboration with you, our website has what we are doing in eastern of D.R.Congo

At 4:41pm on February 3, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
At 10:52am on December 31, 2008, Tariq Mehmood Choudhry said…
Dear Dena
Thanks for your kind response. I tried my best to reattach greeting card but failed to do this. Please send your e-mail for attachment of Happy New Year and Seasons greeting card
At 7:37pm on September 14, 2008, Dena Hawes said…
Thank you Waheed for this thoughtful, reflective prose. Is it your creation or the work of another author? Dena
At 6:39am on September 14, 2008, Waheed Ahmad said…

Easy is to get a place is someone's address book.
Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.

Easy is to judge the mistakes of others
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

Easy is to talk without thinking
Difficult is to refrain the tongue

Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...

Easy is to forgive others
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness

Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...

Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...

Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...

Easy is to admire a full moon.
Difficult to see the other side...

Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...

Easy is to enjoy life every day.
Difficult to give its real value...

Easy is to promise something to someone.
Difficult is to fulfill that promise...

Easy is to say we love.
Difficult is to show it every day...

Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...

Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...

Easy is to weep for a lost love.
Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.

Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...

Easy is to think bad of others
Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...

Easy is to receive
Difficult is to give

Easy to read this
Difficult to follow

Easy is to keep the friendship with words
Difficult is to keep it with meanings.

Would u like to be my Penpal

I am Waheed 33 Male Lawyer , working for human rights in Pakistan

hope to hear from you soon

My Messanger id
At 2:53am on September 12, 2008, Prakash Bhattarai said…
Hi Dena,
I am Prakash Bhattarai writing you from University of Notre Dame where I am doing my MA in Peace Studies under Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies. I am originally from Nepal where I did quite lots of work with youth and other civil society organisation on human rights, democracy and peace building issues. I was also leading a youth organisation called Youth Action Nepal.

I am very much impresed with your profiled and thought you to drop few lines. I am also trying to expand my network around US with like-minded people and thought you are the one that I am looking for. I would happy if in any way I can be helpful in your work. I am also interested to discuss you more about exploring other possibilities to work in the field of conflict management and peace building.

With Regards,
At 11:01am on June 12, 2008, Muhamamd Moosa Rind said…
Dear Dena,'
How r u?
I would like to share with you news and views about that,
We are running self financed library for community and also involved in social activities like intelactual getto gathers, lectures, debating society, peacebuildings walks and celebrating differnt days as per mentioned in UNO charter.
If you like then kindly help to updating our library portions and books as well as library building's. however if you like all or one of them you could select as per your desire.
I think it will be a great step from you towords a nobele cause.

Muhammad Moosa Rind
Karachi, Sindh.
At 11:23am on May 26, 2008, Prakash Rawat said…
Dear Dena,
Nice to see you in this network. You have done a lot for the peace building and development which admirable act. Keep on touch.
At 12:42pm on May 15, 2008, Muhamamd Moosa Rind said…
Dear Dena,
How r u? I am writer and social activist. However, I would like to learn more from any where in wrold like writting and social managment skills becuase i am SINDHI and writting also in SINDHI becuase this is my mother tounge.
my vision to promote secular and sfui asim in world to become world soil rest full to all nations and person asap.
What is your life vision?

Muhammad Moosa Rind

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