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Past Events

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Below is a partial list of past events sponsored or organized by Peace & Conflict International (PCI), just to give you a flavor of what we do.

  • 4 December 2009. PCI hosted a book review of Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe (Gérard Prunier). PCI purchased a number of copies of this book for its members’ use in preparation for the book discussion. The discussion was led by Professor Cannon, a Sac State professor and Fulbright scholar who recently returned from teaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 20 November 2009. PCI member Heather van Wie discussed her experiences working as a volunteer in Uganda. Her presentation included slides and photographs, and was followed by a general discussion on conflict and human displacement in Africa.
  • 6 November 2009. PCI members were joined by student veterans Ben Swanson and Janelle Adams, who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places, to discuss U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
  • 2 November 2009. PCI hosted an event called, “Cuba: Policy and Culure!” This event featured Cuban-born Leydisvel Freire Peña (DJ Leydis), and Tanya Cole of Witness for Peace. Leydis and Tanya discussed their views on the effects of the U.S. embargo on travel and culture in Cuba. Leydis also discussed the underground hip-hop movement in Cuba. Leydis and Tanya came to the Sac State campus as part of a speaking tour in support of Witness for Peace's campaign entitled, “Freedom to Travel to Cuba for All.”
  • 30 October 2009. PCI hosted a presentation and discussion led by Sac State Professor Rae, which focused on his experiences observing UN peacekeeping and nation-building efforts in East Timor. Professor Rae’s research interests focus on human rights and international law, specifically efforts to promote peace, justice, and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
  • 9 October 2009. Sac State Professor Mosupyoe discussed apartheid in South Africa, as well as her experiences as an anti-apartheid activist. Dr. Mosupyoe also discussed her work with Global Majority, an international organization that promotes peace through dialogue. For more information on Dr. Mosupyoe, check out her personal website.
  • 2 October 2009. Sac State Professor Cannon led a presentation and discussion on the topic, “Working in a Post-conflict Society.” Professor Cannon focused on the motivations for working in a post-conflict society - something anyone who wants to work in a post-conflict society must identify clearly. Professor Cannon also provided information for those who want to prepare themselves for working in such an environment.
  • 25 September 2009. Student Sean Cabin discussed future volunteer and research opportunities in Nigeria, and PCI members discussed the Paz Sin Fronteras (Peace Without Borders) concert held in Havana on 20 September 2009.
  • 21 September 2009. PCI sponsored several screenings of the film The Day After Peace, in celebration of the United Nation's International Day of Peace. This event was conducted in coordination with Peace One Day.
  • 11 September 2009. PCI members viewed the film Peace One Day, a precursor to The Day After Peace. PCI members decided to bring the message in the film to the campus community at large and subsequently planned the 21 September screening described above.
  • 8, 9 September 2009. PCI members prepared and presented a Summer in Review slideshow to help inform the campus community of numerous important international events that occurred during the summer. The slideshow covered events in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Nigeria, Israel, and Palestine.
  • 29 April 2009. During the spring 2009 semester, several PCI members shared their knowledge and experiences from travel in Colombia with respect to the effects of U.S. anti-narcotics policy in Colombia. See the gallery page for a few photos of this event.