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Post-conflict Recovery Week at JMU!
March 31-April 4, 2014

Co-Sponsored by JMU’s College of Business, Department of Graduate Psychology, Justice Studies Program, the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, the Master of Public Administration Program, and the University Program Board, with additional support from McClung Companies.

Daytime Events Evening Events (ISAT 159 7-8:30 pm)*

Field of Shoes 
Commons (11:30 am-1:30 pm) 

Lecture: "Current Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance and Post-conflict Refugee Return"
Field of Shoes 
Commons (11:30 am-1:30 pm)  

Film-screening "Disarm"


DOD HDTC Demining Demonstration
Festival (11 pm-3 pm)

Panel Discussion “War, Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery”

Field of Shoes 
Commons (11:30 am-1:30 pm) 

FKD Presentation (5 pm Miller 2106)
Reception with JMU FKD Fellows 
(Union Station Restaurant) 

Field of Shoes (11:30 am-1:30 pm) and flash-mob “Lend Your Leg” photo (1:00 pm) on Commons

Community parking is available in Lot D2. See the JMU parking map for reference:

Evening Event Details:

Monday, March 31:

“Current Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance and Post-Conflict Refugee Return”: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) will speak about the effects of recent conflicts on global migration and the current global refugee and IDP situation. PRM will share about their programs and about how university students can get involved, especially those interested in pursuing a related career. A reception sponsored by JMU’s College of Business will follow the event. 

Tuesday, April 1:

“Disarm” Film-screening: On Tuesday, April 1, the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at JMU will present the documentary “Disarm.” Learn how anti-personnel landmines continue to maim and kill civilians around the world, despite a global ban on their use. The documentary includes footage from minefields in Myanmar, Colombia, and Iraq and from inside the helmets of deminers in Afghanistan and Bosnia, along with a commentary on contemporary warfare. The screening will be followed by a brief presentation about opportunities for students to get involved in post-conflict recovery efforts, including activities to support landmine clearance, at CISR.

Wednesday, April 2:

“War, Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery”: In a panel discussion on the long-lasting psychosocial effects of conflict that remain long after peace is declared, the following panelists will share their experiences: 

Jean Claude Nkudwa, a genocide survivor from Burundi and the former Burundi coordinator for Peace and Reconciliation Ministries, is a graduate student in Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) conflict transformation MA program ( 

Cameron Macauley, CISR’s Trauma Rehabilitation Specialist, has worked with conflict survivors around the globe in a variety of capacities, most recently on a multi-year peer-to-peer support training program for survivors in Burundi ( 

Elaine Zook Barge is the director of EMU’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. She has worked in conflict zones in Latin America and currently facilitates STAR trainings around the globe for those working with traumatized populations ( 

Dr. Anne Stewart, a licensed clinical psychologist and graduate psychology professor at JMU, has extensive experience in crisis intervention and helped to lead CISR’s Pathways to Resilience program in Lebanon ( 

Daytime Event Details:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

Field of Shoes: Weather permitting, an exhibit of shoes on the Commons will help to raise awareness about the ongoing devastation caused by landmines and explosive remnants of war, which continue to cause casualties long after conflict ends. On Friday, April 4, a flash-mob of JMU students and staff will meet at the exhibit to take a “Lend Your Leg” photo with one pant leg rolled up in commemoration of International Mine Awareness Day. Shoes donated by the JMU community will subsequently be given to Well of Hope through the Harrisonburg Rotary Club. Well of Hope is a Kenyan nonprofit that sells shoes to provide housing and livelihood training to homeless widows and their families in Kenya. 

Wednesday, April 2:

Demining Demonstration: The U.S. Department of Defense’s Humanitarian Demining Training Center (HDTC) will give a mine clearance demonstration on the Festival lawn. JMU students will have the opportunity to try the protective gear worn by deminers in the field. Students will also be able to participate in a mock mine clearance demonstration. 

Thursday, April 3

JMU Fellows in the U.S. Department of State: The current JMU Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellows in the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Chris Murguia and Kathryn Stolp, and the former fellow, Lindsay Aldrich, will speak in JMU classes about their work in the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. They will also speak at an evening off-campus “meet-and-greet” reception sponsored by JMU’s Master of Public Administration Program at Union Station Restaurant ( To learn more about the fellowship click here.