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United States Institute of Peace awards grant to Office of International Education

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

Grant will be used to support public education for peacebuilding through first human rights film series

Beloit College’s Office of International Education (OIE) has received $1,392 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The support will enable the OIE to put on a film series consisting of four documentaries, which will cover a wide range of topics such as peaceful conflict resolution, globalization, minority human rights, and immigration.

The series will feature the following films: State of Fear on Feb. 8, Blood in the Mobile on Feb. 15, The Gypsies of Svinia on Feb. 22, Harvest of Empire on March 15, and Missing Children and Who Am I? on March 22. Each screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall on the Beloit College campus.  

The goal of the Human Rights Film Series is to provide an effective look behind the scenes of ongoing conflicts in the world and to help advance public understanding of international conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights protection.

In addition, the film series will help set the stage for the April 12-13 residency of Justice Diego Garcia-Sayan, the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and this year’s Beloit College Weissberg Chair. Garcia-Sayan’s residency is a signature event of the college’s Weissberg Program in Human Rights.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like The Office of International Education and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” said USIP President Jim Marshall in a statement.

More on the United States Institute of Peace (USIP):

The USIP is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, the USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education. 

The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Institute of Peace.