CISTP is involved in a wide variety of projects and programming:

  • Listening Cafés are gatherings of mostly local leaders of interfaith communities (mostly Muslim, Jewish, and Christian) and immigrant communities, select national leaders, academics, and students. Our March 1, 2017 Café, “Safe at Home: An Interfaith Conversation on Security,” hosted over forty local participants and featured Guests of Honor James Patton, Executive Vice President of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Washington D.C. and Arjun S. Sethi, B.S.F.S., J.D., Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and a frequent commentator on civil rights and civil liberties issues.
  • Faculty Conversations are interdisciplinary think-tank workshops focused on difficult problems posed by a range of invited stakeholders, in conversation with our interdisciplinary team.  Past examples include: Moving Toward a Sustainable Economy in Kosovo; Addressing Radicalization through Inclusion; Terrorism in West Africa; Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia around the FARC peace treaty.
  • Faculty and student collaborative research have resulted in many projects, publications, and presentations. Our Faculty have presented before representatives of NATO, UNHCR, Tufts, and the Kozmetsky Center. Our jointly authored white papers have been made available to senior intelligence analysts in Canada and the U.S. Collectively we have a vast body of published research relating to peace, security issues, countering violent extremism, and terrorism.
  • In collaboration with Faculty mentors, our CISTP Student Research Interns from 2015-2018 have worked on a systems dynamics model of the many interrelated factors affecting Refugee Creation and Relocation, including: Governance, Security, Infrastructure, Identity, Environment, and Education.  Working collaboratively and following the model of the CISTP Fellows, they have produced a macro-model, numerous micro-models, and white papers. They have presented their research to CISTP Faculty, leaders of the Center for Justice and Peace at Eastern Mennonite University, and national peace practitioners in a variety of venues, including the JMU Diversity Conference and the Cultivating the Sustainable Self Summit Series. Currently, the interns are beta-testing their models in preparation for eventual publication and dissemination.
  • CISTP values the relationships we have shared with a variety of working partners.  We wish to thank: The International Center for Religion and Peace, The HIVE at UNHCR, The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Vine and Fig: The New Community Project, Freeland, and the Mayor of Harrisonburg, Deanna Reed.

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