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Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution (SPCR) is the student organization affiliated with the Master's program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. SPCR brings graduate students together with practitioners and academics in the fields of conflict resolution, conflict analysis, public policy, and peace studies. As a Society, we seek to empower both graduate and undergraduate students to become more engaged in international affairs, particularly global conflict resolution, peace activism, and social justice. 

Peace is a calling, and it relies on the initiative of those willing to pursue it. As such, SPCR serves as a vehicle for students to further their education and explore professional opportunities to work toward peace. 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 screenings, 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 and/or advocate for students in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program 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. 

  • President: Ashley Law, alaw@student.american.edu
  • Vice President: Callie Brown, cb7283a@student.american.edu
  • Treasurer: Wes Davison, wesley.p.davison@gmail.com
SPCR is in the midst of planning several upcoming events and they have a lot of great ideas, but would also love to hear everyone's ideas! They have meetings every other Friday at 5 pm. See below for specific dates and locations:

SPCR Meetings (open to all IPCR students)*

April 1st at 5 pm in IPCR Lounge, outside of SIS 214

April 15th at 5 pm in SIS 348

April 29th at 5 pm in SIS 260

*(SPCR Executive Board meets at 4:30 pm)

Upcoming events

SPCR Brunch Event at El Centro on 14th Street
April 3 at 1:00pm

Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th Street NW
Friday, April 15, 8:00pm-10:00pm
$10 cover

The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution is engaging with the community as part of its programming to highlight valuable organizations in our field. We encourage all interested students to participate in the SPCR fundraiser to support an organization that is working to transform educational experiences for children. 

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