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Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution (SPCR) is a student-run organization that seeks to empower graduate and undergraduate students in the field of Conflict Resolution.  As peace is a calling, and it relies on the initiative of those willing to pursue it, SPCR fosters American University's academic community and enables students to translate theory into practice by linking students with professors, Washington, D.C.'s Peace and Conflict Resolution Community, the city itself, and the world in which we live. As a vehicle for students to further their education and explore professional opportunities, SPCR invites students to pursue their interests through a wide range of supported programming such as formal academic panels of experts in the field, roundtable forums and discussions, film showings, networking events and social gatherings, and fundraising activities.  SPCR is also committed to encouraging new initiatives and interests, in whatever form they take.

Another important role of SPCR is to act as a representative or advocate for students in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Department with faculty and administration.  As part of this responsibility, we are represented at faculty meetings, vital events on and off campus, and we maintain a strong relationship with the department.
SPCR supports its members' efforts to turn theory into practice by organizing events around their area of interest.

Attend a meeting or e-mail spcr@american.edu for more information.

Past SPCR events

  • Innovations in Student Leadership Conference
  • Conflict Resolution and Film Workshop on Personal Conflict Styles.
  • International Peace Parks Expeditions Presentation
  • International Crisis Group site visit
  • Panel Discussion on the Nonviolence Movement in the 21st Century
  • Presentations on the Moroccan-Western Sahara Conflict
  • IPCR Graduate Student Forum
  • Peace n' Pizza- Privatizing War and Peace 
  • Seeds of Peace Documentary and panel on Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Co-sponsors: PDI, AU Students for Israel, and AU Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Truth Tellers - Survivors of Torture Tell Their Story
  • Bridging the Gap Between Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution
  • Careers in IPCR: Voices from the Field
  • Child Soldiers in Uganda. Co-sponsor: Committee for Child Soldiers
  • Nonviolent Resistance in Today's World: From Dictatorship to Democracy
  • Gender and Conflict lecture series. Co-sponsors: Women's Initiative, EPGA, Center for Global Peace, and IPCR
  • Czech Republic in the European Union: Is 'New Europe' different from 'Old Europe? with the newly appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S.
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Conflict Resolution skills training
  • From Conflict to Peace: Challenges from Gujarat with human rights activist Father Cedric Prakash

"Peace is not a goal to be realized. It is always in the making…" – Professor Abdul Aziz Said