September 16 - December 2, 2020

A multi-layered examination of peace and violence from the perspective of culture, addressing questions such as: How are attitudes towards peace and violence reflected in the way cultures enact discipline, security, education, reconciliation, etc.? How are peace and violence reflected in expressions of popular culture and various sub-cultures? How are peace and violence modelled in relationships between different cultures? How might the very idea of culture be questioned through the lens of peace?

Our Facilitators

Wendy Kroeker

Wendy Kroeker

Wendy Kroeker is the Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and an Assistant Professor in the Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies Department of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Canada. Wendy has over 20 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program manager, and program manager for international development projects. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Palestine, and the Philippines are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators. She holds a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the Resolution Skills Centre in Winnipeg as well as a MA in Theology with a focus on Contemporary Theology and Peace Studies. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she entered the Peace Studies PhD program at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and completed it in June 2018. Her research focused on the space of local actors in building a culture of peace in Mindanao. Wendy has taught at MPI since 2003.

Michael Frank A. Alar

Michael Frank A. Alar

Michael “Mike” Frank A. Alar is an Independent Consultant on Conflict Transformation, Dialogue and Peace Processes and currently consults for the World Bank Philippines' support to the Mindanao Peace Process as part of its Fragility, Conflict and Violence team. For more than 15 years, Mike has worked, studied and volunteered in the peace field in countries that have included Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. In the Philippines, he has been a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund on Youth, Peace and Security and has worked at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines Office as Project Manager where he provided capacity building and technical support to Mindanao Peace Process stakeholders. Mike also worked for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process of the Philippine Government where he designed and facilitated trainings on peace and conflict for civil society organizations, local governments, the security sector and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. He holds a MA in International Peace Studies from Japan, an Advanced Specialist Degree in Peace and Development Studies from Spain, a diploma in Islamic Studies and Interfaith Relations from India, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.

Course Fee: US$375/₱18,000 (Audit/Non-Credit)
Dates: September 16 – December 2, 2020
Day and Time: Every Wednesday at 7:00 AM Philippine Time (11:00 PM GMT)
Class Hours: 2 hour and 45 minute online class per week

Acceptance Criteria

Have the ability to communicate in English (oral and written).

Have at least two years’ experience in peacebuilding or in related areas of development or human rights.

Open to dialogue with people of other faiths and cultures.

Have access to a good internet connection and necessary hardware.

Familiar with online programs (Zoom, web browser such as Google Chrome).

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