Conflict Resolution This session will be focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Designed by the US Institute of Peace, participants will each get a role with a specific backstory, ranging from Palestinian, Israeli and NGO perspectives. Alongside a few US moderators, participants will discuss issues surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict, about the needs and interests of both sides, ending in formal negotiations. This will allow participants to consider points from the perspectives of those immediately affected by the conflict.
Critical Media Analysis This session will provide participants the opportunity to explore bias in media through discussion and interaction. Participants will be grouped and asked to create different versions of the same event though different perspectives of extreme bias. This will be followed by a discussion on World War II propaganda, where real life examples of media bias will be explored. The discussion will delve into the use, effectiveness and consequences of government enforced media bias.
Education and History This session will explore how different countries’ textbook view different incidents such as the Battle of Nanking / Nanking Massacre and the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands dispute. It will ask students to evaluate sources from other countries. Several important incidents during the Second World War will be explored and evaluated by different cultural groups. This will be followed by participants creating their own educational curriculum.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation This session will explore controversy regarding nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, explaining to the participants the history of this issue, the science behind it, and possible solutions moving into the future. Specifically, there will be an emphasis put on the spread and trade of nuclear weapons as addressed in the “Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.” We will bring in multiple case studies when looking at this issue, including ongoing disputes with North Korea and Iran. Participants will engage in a simulation in which they can will play the role of a head of state, and will engage in a game of international diplomacy regarding nuclear weapons issues.
Peace Institutions This simulation focuses on a conflict in the territory of “Palmyra” in the fictional country of Siwa. The aim of the simulation is to demonstrate for the participants some of the challenges facing peacemakers in their efforts to resolve violent international conflicts. The ultimate challenge of the simulation and the goals of the participants are to have the parties to a violent international conflict, with the assistance of outside mediators, address the issues that divide them and that have led to violence.
War and Literature This session will briefly explore the history of war from a literary perspective, including the major trends of form such as journals, poetry and realistic novels. Participants will then work in small groups to construct with an interpretation (acting, miming, dramatic reading) of an extract about war (poem or prose) given to them. Finally, participants will construct a collaborative poem about a given topic where each person adds a sentence to other participants’ paper.