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Sustaining Peace Forum 2019: Retrospective and Future Directions STUDENT/ALUMNI/FELLOWS PROPOSALS
Thurs, March 28, 2019
Session One: 4-4:50 PM
Session Two: 5-5:50 PM
Location: Everett Lounge and Milbank Chapel, Teachers College

Every year, the Sustaining Peace Forum brings together the CU community to discuss critical and timely issues that affect peace, conflict, and sustainability. It provides a platform for current and future policy makers to share knowledge and practices, and generate new ideas for advancing peace globally. Now in its 7th year, the forum has featured prominent thought leaders including Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Alexander Aleinikoff (former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees), poet and activist Aja Monet, and leaders from the International Peace Institute, and has focused on topics ranging from complexity science to gender equality, and global policy on peace and sustainability.

This year’s Sustaining Peace Forum will showcase Columbia and TC students, alumni, and fellows. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at this event. We are looking for presentations that highlight what you learned at Columbia, or the research or work you’ve done since leaving. We are open to different formats. We will have two one-hour long sessions with multiple presentations in each. You can apply to give a short talk, participate in a panel or Round Table, or run a workshop. We will decide the format for each session based on the proposals we receive.

We welcome group presentations as well: please feel free to to submit several proposals on a specific theme together with other students, alumni, or fellows if you like.

The presentation you choose should be related to pillars of negotiation and conflict resolution and/or peacebuilding and sustainability.

Following the student presentations will be an information-sharing session, using an exposition model. We will provide tables for students, alumni, fellows, and outside groups to offer up information, merchandise, group visibility/publicity, etc. We will also have poster presentations during this time, so please feel free to submit your proposal for a poster presentation. We encourage student groups to use this opportunity to connect with participants!

Please note: This will be a highly-publicized event, and we hope for a large and varied audience! Please only submit proposals for work that you are certain you will be able to confidently present. We will be shaping this event around the proposals we receive, so any last-minute cancellations are highly discouraged.


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Choose which of the following formats you would like to present in Session One or Two:
Or if you would like to present in our Information Session, choose a format:
1. Project Title
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2. SUMMARY (500 words maximum) Please tell us about your proposed topic, the focus of your work and/or fieldwork on this topic, and your level of experience with the topic. Include research questions or objectives, topic(s) being addressed, fieldwork or internship conducted (if relevant). Please also include preferred mode of presentation and preferred length of presentation
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3. RELEVANCE TO SPF (200 words maximum) Address how your project relates to the work you did or are doing at Columbia/TC.
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4. Would you be interested in serving as a moderator on your topic as well as presenter?
5. Are you submitting your proposal in connection with any other members or groups?
6. If yes, please list the names of the other people you’re submitting with.
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7. If you are only hoping to have a table for the information-sharing session, please describe what group you’ll be representing and how you’d like to use this opportunity to further your goals.
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8. If you’d like to present a poster, please list title of project, summary of project, and experience level with project.
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